The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is proud to bring you our monthly communication, "The Advocate", focusing on government and advocacy news. We've compiled the most recent news and updates to keep you informed and up to date on business issues at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government.


In The News

On February 8, 2021, the Ontario Government announced that the Provincial Stay-At-Home Order will expire Monday, February 22 for York Region. The framework has been modified to allow non-essential retailers to open at 25% capacity. The York Region framework colour zone will be announced closer to February 22nd.

The full press release can be found here.

The revised framework can be found here.


To get ready for a tax filing season like no other, the Federal Government has introduced a number of measures to help taxpayers get the tax and benefit information they need. 

Applications are now open for the Ontario government's new two-year $115 million Skills Development Fund. The fund, which will support workers and apprentices, is specifically designed to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and help reduce obstacles to hiring, training and retaining while preparing workers for the province's economic recovery.
Federal Government:

You are invited to visit www.LetsTalkBudget2021.ca until February 19 to complete an online questionnaire and share your views on how to grow Canada’s economy.

Provincial Government:

To provide input to the 2021 Provincial Budget:

Read the 2021 Ontario Economic Report as prepared by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Applications Now Open

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Province-wide Shutdown.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy extension has also been approved and is now extended to June 2021.
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
The Rent Subsidy Program application is available today from the Canadian Government. The Rent Subsidy will run from September 2020 to June 2021.
Government Updates

Please click on the links below to read updates from the municipal, provincial and federal governments

Update from Mayor Mrakas, Town of Aurora, read here

Update from Christine Elliott, MPP Newmarket-Aurora, read here

Update from Michael Parsa, MPP Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, read here

Update from Leona Alleslev, MP Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, read here

Update from Tony Van Bynen, MP Newmarket-Aurora, read here
Virtual Town Hall with Mayor Mrakas
Join us to hear from Mayor Tom Mrakas about future plans for the Town of Aurora at the Virtual Town Hall.

If you have a question you would like to ask Mayor Mrakas send it to s.ferri@aurorachamber.on.ca.