Business Support

Resources, programs, tool kits and sector-specific information to assist your business to recover.

Business Supports

Durham Region Community Reopening Toolkit

Durham Region Reopening Checklist for Businesses and Workplaces

Business Continuity Planning & Pandemic Responses -

Tools for Small Business - Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses - Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Start-up Business Tools and Resources, eg: Cash Flow, Supply Chain - MaRS 

BDO Guide to Adapting to COVID-19

BDC has a guides for Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs as well as 8 steps for planning your emergency and disaster plan

Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) Business Advisory and Support Services are currently free of charge 

Special support for entrepreneurs from BDC

Export Development Canada supports and capital access  

Canadian Federation of Independent Business - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.

Free Virtual Tax Clinics for Canadians

Details on employment insurance, the temporary foreign worker program, and other Federal employment programs: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada

Durham College/Employment Ontario Community Employment Services - open virtually

Travel Advisory - Government of Canada

Sector Specific

Canada and Ontario Supporting Farmers through Enhanced Insurance Protection

Prime Minister announces support for farmers and agri-food businesses under Canada’s response to COVID-19

Employee Support - Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council 

Government Support/Financial Assistance - Farm Credit Canada

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council resources - Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Business Support - Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Health Information - World Organization on Animal Health

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - A Guide for Direct Sales to Consumers during COVID-19 and Beyond

Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Guidance for Food Premises

Agriculture and Food Jobs in Ontario

Durham Farm Fresh Press Release: Essential Food Items Available at Many Local Shops, Farms and Markets

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - Summary of government financial assistance for Ontario farm businesses

Durham Region recognizes the importance of the agriculture sector - Statement issued on behalf of Regional Chair and CEO John Henry.

Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - Crisis Management Tools by Farm Life

Province of Ontario: sector-specific guidelines and posters

Durham Farm Fresh Webinar: E-commerce, bringing your business online

Durham Farm Fresh Webinar: Health and Safety for farms open during COVID-19

Durham Region and its local municipalities welcome the film industry back again as production activity resumes in accordance with applicable Health and Safety guidance.

Before you apply for a Film Location Permit, please review the guidelines issued by the Section 21 Film & Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee of the Ontario Ministry of Labour and Skills Development.  Issued June 25th, 2020, this guideline is a one stop shop for keeping your industry and all who work with you, safe and healthy as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. More resources are available from our local health authority, the Durham Region Health Department.

Recovery of the film and television industry requires the following:

  1. Skilled Labour: to support the current workforce and provide learning for newcomers to the industry, a wide selection of online Professional Development & Learning Resources are offered by a number of industry organizations and government agencies.

  2. Locations: there is a growing interest in the region's unique sites, and we are expanding our list of film-friendly locations. To market your location for filming on the Durham Region and Ontario Creates digital libraries please contact the film office.

  3. Products and Services: in addition to the current production guide to filming in Durham, there will be a need for services to accommodate new Health and Safety guidelines. If interested in promoting your company to the film industry, please contact the film office.


The Durham Region International Film Festival will be held October 1-3, 2020 in a modified format to provide a unique and exciting viewing and interactive experience.

Canadian business leaders and tech workers Slack channel: Enabling the sharing of best practices for business continuity amidst disruptions.

Council of Canadian Innovators - Dedicated COVID-19 Slack Channel for Canadian Tech Workers

Start-up Business Tools and Resources, eg: Cash Flow, Supply Chain - MaRS 

Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster launches funding program to help scale - announcement, and funding details

Ontario and Canada are looking for help from businesses to make or supply healthcare products and innovative solutions. Learn how your organization can help.

Province of Ontario: sector-specific guidelines and posters

As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street has announced three new programs to support businesses across Ontario. These programs are available to Durham Region businesses that meet program requirements. Learn more.

Planning Checklist for Retailers: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Retail Council of Canada

Restaurants are encouraged to join the #TakeOutDay movement -

Information and avocacy for those in the Health and Wellness industry (representing coaches, personal trainers, group instructors, yoga instructors, pilates instructors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and sports and recreation centers and staff.)

Province of Ontario: sector-specific guidelines and posters

Retail Council of Canada: Retail Recovery Playbook

Durham Region Reopening Checklist: COVID-19 Checklist for
Reopening Your Food Premises 

Durham Region Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario - COVID-19 Updates Page

Regional Development Agencies COVID-19 Info sheet

Tourism Industry of Canada - Current situation review and sign up for email updates related to COVID-19 Supports

Destination Canada - COVID-19 Updates 

Destination Canada: COVID-19 Research

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) - details on Force Majeure Insurance claims

Festivals and Events Ontario - Call for virtual content

Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) - Information for CSTA members during COVID-19

Department of Canadian Heritage - Information for Canadian Heritage grants & contributions recipients related to COVID-19

Central Counties Tourism (CCT) – Information for the CTT (Durham, York, Headwaters) business community

Restaurants are encouraged to join the #TakeOutDay movement -

Central Counties Tourism launches PPE Reimbursement program for private and not-for-profit businesses in the hospitality and recreation sector. The program will provide matched funding of 50% up to a maximum of $1,000 per applicant ($2,000 total expense). Eligible expenses include plexiglass, sanitizing stations, masks, stickers, etc., that you needed to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by keeping your staff and guests safe. Learn more about eligibility or submit an application here.


Mental Health Resources from the Province of Ontario

You can find information about programs that may be right for you based on your mental health and addictions needs, and the type of support that you prefer. You can:

Webinars Available-On-Demand

Blog Articles

For upcoming scheduled webinars, visit the Invest Durham calendar

The below are available to watch on-demand.