Business Support

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

Business Supports

Durham Region Community Reopening Toolkit

Business Continuity Planning & Pandemic Responses - Durham.ca

Pandemic Preparedness for 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

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

Due to the COVID-19 crisis Durham Region and its local municipalities will not be issuing film permits at this time. Film Office staff are continuing to offer as much support as possible during this time including location scouting and updates on health and safety regulations specific to this industry.

The Durham Region Film Commission is supporting the efforts of the new Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel to enable a rapid recovery of the Film and Television Industry. When production activity resumes, in accordance with applicable Health and Safety guidance, there will be a high demand for:

  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.

On May 19, Stage 1 as part of "A Framework to Reopen Our Province" allows for film and television post-production and animation studios to re-open.

 

DRIFF

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.

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

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

Restaurants are encouraged to join the #TakeOutDay movement - https://canadatakeout.com/

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.) https://www.healthandwellnessrelief.ca/

Province of Ontario: sector-specific guidelines and posters

Retail Council of Canada: Retail Recovery Playbook

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 

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 - https://canadatakeout.com/

Durham Tourism Monthly Stakeholder Enews: April Edition 

Resources

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.

Webinar Series: