COVID-19 Update and Support Resources
Support for Businesses During COVID-19

The City of Brampton is committed to supporting businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As always, the Brampton Economic Development and Culture Office, including the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre team, are available to support our business community.

Although City of Brampton facilities are closed, the  Brampton Entrepreneur Centre 's business consultation services are still available virtually. To speak with a business advisor, businesses can email bec@brampton.ca.

Additionally, our  Sector Managers are working closely with our business community to understand how they are being impacted and how we can support them. Simply reply to this email or view the list of contact information provided here .
Federal and Provincial Announcements

Today,  the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. Learn more about today's announcement here .

On Monday, the Province of Ontario announced steps to protect workers who take leave from work. Learn more about the proposed job protection legislation here.

The Province also announced on Monday that it will not release its Budget this month but will release an Economic and Fiscal update on March 25.
Funding, Resources and Best Practices

To assist business planning and continuity efforts during this time, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed this guide. It includes links to some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources. A  Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit  can be  downloaded here .

To support businesses during this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada has established a Business Credit Availability Program to further support financing in the private sector through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC). This will allow BDC and EDC to provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses.

Businesses in need of  financing can contact BDC for either a Small Business Loan (up to $100,000 can be obtained online), Working Capital Loan (extra funds to bridge cash flow gaps and support everyday operations), or Purchase Order Financing (increase cash flow to fulfill domestic or international orders with very flexible terms).

For details on  Employment Insurance (EI) and Work-Sharing programs from Employment and Social Development Canada, including temporary special measures, please click here .
Resources for Businesses

Crisis Communications Plan  (Template)  
 

Special Delivery Accommodations for Restaurants: 
Skip the Dishes  |  Door Dash  |  Uber Eats

Business Support Contacts
  • CFIB Business Helpline: 1-888-234-2232 
  • BDC Financing and Advice: 1-877-232-2269 
  • Employment Insurance Benefits: 1-833-381-2725 
  • Brampton Entrepreneur Centre
    Business Advisors: bec@brampton.ca 
  • Brampton Economic Development
    Investment Services: 311 or invest@brampton.ca
Upcoming Webinars for Businesses  
COVID-19 Economic Support Task Force

The Mayor's COVID-19 Economic Support Task Force will be responsible for coordinating recommendations and measures to support business relief efforts in Brampton.

The group will be co-chaired by Michael Palleschi, Regional Councillor for Wards 2 and 6 and Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor for Wards 1 and 5.

Council will work on these efforts with local stakeholders including the Downtown BIA and Brampton Board of Trade. 


Our team is here to help!

Sector Managers are working closely with our business community to understand how they are being impacted and how we can best support.


The Mayor's COVID-19 Economic Support and Recovery Task Force

Can your business supply products and services in support of Canada's response to COVID-19?

The Government of Canada wants to hear from you. Find out more


Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is looking to connect with manufacturers or suppliers of health products. 
Email


Resources mentioned throughout this email can be downloaded as a PDF file here.


The City of Brampton's Emergency Management and Service Updates are available here.

For up-to-date information about the City of of Brampton's COVID-19 response, City services and facility and programming closures, visit  brampton.ca/covid19.
For current information from Peel Public Health, visit  peelregion.ca/coronavirus.
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An Economic Development Newsletter produced by the Corporation of the City of Brampton, 2020
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