COVID 19 Info Centre

Adapting to a new normal

To help everyone adapt to the new normal and assist with business continuity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve put together this page of resources, tips and links. We will do our best to keep this information up to date as the situation evolves.

If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions for additions to this page, please feel free to contact Jennifer Gauvreau, Marketing Manager, at [email protected] 

Check out the innovation factory innovators providing solutions during covid-19!

QReserve: Find out how the QReserve platform can help your business with their COVID-19 Return to Work Scheduling Tools

Longan Vision: Learn about Gatekeeper, a COVID-19 temperature screening and group testing scanning technology to help your business reopen.

SteriRight: Learn how the trained technicians from SteriRight can reduce contamination risk in a safe, effective and accessible manner – whether your organization needs N95 respirator reprocessing or Electrostatic Disinfection of office hard surfaces, SteriRight comes to you.

InputHealth: Learn about UpPatient which allows patients to take control of their healthcare by connecting them with their providers and health records through a single, user-friendly, app that’s accessible on both iOS and Android.

Playocracy: Check out the [email protected] stencil kit and other resources from Playocracy that allows children to gather their lessons and create an outdoor classroom.

Obei.AI: Learn about Obie Access, a Slack-first wiki designed to make it easier for remote teams and startups to access knowledge.

Curovate: Survive COVID-19 and maintain your knee or replacement recovery with the Curovate mobile app.

BarterPay: Learn about BarterPay, a platform for businesses to exchange goods and services — trading their “spare capacity” — without cash changing hands.

VoxNuero: Learn about the neurological consequences of COVID-19.

Lumedi: Find out about how their COVID-19 Community Watch app helps identify pandemic trends and hotspots in Hamilton.

LifePoints: Learn about the new version of the LifePoints iOS app that rewards you with discounts and gift cards for staying at their place of self-isolation.

Ogena Solutions: Check out their full suite of disinfectant application products, innovative air cleaners as well as protocol development assistance/training.

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on-demand sessions/webinars to help you navigate covid-19

Corporate Law Essentials – Organizing Your Start-Up & Planning for Your Success – To learn about the session Click Here.  To access the On-Demand Recording Click Here.

Planning for Recovery: How to Restart Your Business in the Wake of COVID-19 by BDC – To access the On-Demand Recording Click Here. Download the 13-week cash flow projection tool and the Monthly cash flow management tool here.

It’s the End of the World…What Happens Next? Leadership in Troubled Times – To learn about the session Click Here.  To access the On-Demand Recording Click Here. To view the presentation deck Click Here.

How to Design and Run Awesome Virtual Meetings – To learn about the session Click Here.  To access the On-Demand Recording Click Here. To view the presentation deck Click Here.

Pandemic Pivot: Communications During Pandemic Times – To learn about the session Click Here.  To access the On-Demand Recording Click Here. To view the presentation deck Click Here.

Effective Leadership and Virtual Team Building During Crisis – To learn about the session Click Here.  To access the On-Demand Recording Click Here. To view the presentation deck Click Here.

COVID-19: Regulatory and Privacy Considerations by Bereskin&Parr – To learn about the session Click Here. To access the session Power Point presentation Click Here.

SRED: Government Funding for Tech-Based Business with BDO – To learn about the session Click Here. To access the session On-Demand Recording Click Here. To view the presentation deck Click Here.

Embrace the Disruption – How Agile Managers Keep Their Teams Performing – To learn about the session Click Here.  To access the On-Demand Recording Click Here.

“One in a Million” – How Growing Companies Guard Against Unexpected Events – To learn about this session Click HereClick Here to submit your questions for the Lawrie Insurance Group to our team.

Government support for businesses

Call BDC (1-877-232-2269) and your bank ASAP if you expect to encounter COVID-19-related cash-flow challenges.

Click here for resources from BDC. 

  1. Access to capital and other liquidity support measures
  2. Measures to avoid or minimize the impact from layoffs
  3. Provincial/ Territorial Measures
  4. Resources and Additional Information

A full rundown of federal government supports can be found here, but here’s a quick(ish) overview for business:

  • help small- and medium-sized businesses hold on to their employees, the federal government is providing a temporary wage subsidy equal to 75%. The wage subsidy is retroactive to March 15th. Businesses can re-hire recently let-go workers and place them on subsidized wages. The government will release more details (e.g. eligibility, duration, maximum amount) on the temporary wage subsidy on March 27th.
  • To help businesses avoid lay-offs, the federal government is also enhancing the Work-Sharing Program. The program works this way: instead of being laid-off, multiple workers’ hours and pay are reduced, with the federal government making up the shortfall in the workers’ income.
  • More credit is available to Canadian businesses through the new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). You can access the BCAP via BDC or EDC.
  • Through the Canada Emergency Business Account, banks will soon offer $40,000 loans, guaranteed by the government and interest-free for the first year, to small businesses. If recipients meet certain conditions, $10,000 will be forgivable. The government will release more details in the coming days.
  • More generally, the federal government is providing additional liquidity to Canadian banks. In return, the banks have committed to working with companies to help them get through COVID-19. Talk to your bank if you haven’t already done so.
  • Businesses can defer, until after August 31st, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 19th and before September. In addition, GST/HST payments, as well as duties & taxes owed on imports, are deferred until June.
  • In Ontario, the provincial government is helping businesses with cash flow through a number of measures: payment of most provincial taxes is deferred for 5 months without penalty or interest; Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) payments are deferred for 6 months; municipalities will be providing property tax relief; and most businesses are not required to pay the Employer Health Tax.

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call for Innovative solutions!

  • The Government will launch specific challenges through the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program and will rapidly select the best projects to accelerate development and testing of promising innovations that can have a direct impact on our health care response. The Government of Canada will also use the new ISC Testing Stream to become the first customer of these innovative products.
  • The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will organize an NRC COVID-19 Challenge Program, composed of teams of government, academic and private sector partners to address a range of medium term PHAC and HC needs, including personal protective equipment, sanitization, diagnostic and testing, therapeutics, and disease tracking technology. The most promising solutions will be selected for procurement, working with Innovative Solutions Canada.
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