Businesses in Northumberland County are reopening to welcome you. 
Before visiting, please check individual business websites for hours of operation and safety protocols.
Please respect safety guidelines provided by the Ontario government regarding physical distancing and gathering sizes within your circle. 

As of July 13th, the use of non-medical masks is required inside establishments to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Also, to help keep Northumberland County in its natural, pristine state, please take home any garbage
generated during your stay from food items, etc. 

During this uncertain time we will be updating this page to share information and resources to assist your business:

Please check specific eligibility for each program. This is a partial list, if you are looking for specific information that is not listed here, please feel free to contact us directly.

Northumberland County website  for an updated list of service updates and facility closures, news, and how to reduce your risk against Covid-19.

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Past Newsletters:

If you’ve missed the past few BECN newsletters, click to find more on Covid-19 business resources, information and assistance:

Tuesday May 26

Friday May 15

Tuesday May 5

Tuesday April 28

Re-Opening Ontario in Stages:
Learn about the stages of Ontario’s plan to restart the economy after Covid-19 and what will open first.
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Toolkit for Re-Opening Canada’s Economy:
As businesses prepare to reopen or revamp their operations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous issues and challenges to consider. This toolkit prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network is designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of operators, staff, customers and the general public is at the forefront.
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Resources & Support for Canadian Businesses:
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Resources for Canadian Businesses:
• Enhancing work-sharing program
• Business credit availability program
• Defer tax payments
• Wage subsidy relief
• Emergency care benefit (self-employed people and others who are not eligible for EI sickness benefits).
• Increase credit to farmers & agri-food sector
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UPDATED List of Essential Workplaces:
Premier Doug Ford made the tough to decision to order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces here in Ontario. The updated list as of April 4th.
Click for the full list of essential workplaces

Employment Standards Amendment Act:
The Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 provides job-protected leave for employees who are in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or day care closures or to care for other relatives. These measures are retroactive to January 25, 2020, the date the first presumptive COVID-19 case was confirmed in Ontario. The legislation will also make it clear employees cannot be required to show sick notes.
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Ontario Together: Help Fight Coronavirus
Ontario Government is launching Ontario Together , a new website that will help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. This initiative will remove barriers allowing Ontario’s manufacturing sector to redeploy capacity towards the production of essential equipment like ventilators, masks and swabs.
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BDC’s assistance to provide Working Capital loans:
• Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible repayment terms such as principal postponements for qualifying businesses;
• Postponement of payments for up to 6 months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less;
• Reduced rates on new eligible loans;
• Additional details regarding Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) measures, including industry specific support.
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Lending Loop Small Business Resources:
Implemented a temporary hardship program for borrowers that are currently distressed as a result of impacts of COVID-19. This program will allow Lending Loop clients that meet certain criteria to make interest-only payments on their loans for a period of 3 months to accommodate this unexpected event. Updated provincial and federal programming resources.
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Northumberland CFDC: RE-3 

With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), RE3 provides non-repayable performance-based contributions of up to $5,000 to assist Southern Ontario-based Women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to REBUILD, REOPEN and REVIVE their businesses.

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Call for suppliers – Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease:
In support of the Government of Canada’s whole-of-government response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). If your business or organization can provide medical products such as ventilators, swabs, masks and eye protection:
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Canada’s Regional Development Agencies:
If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium- sized business or organization impacted by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance, the RDAs could assist you with:
• Access to federal funding to help you stay in business.
• Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available.
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Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadian businesses and individuals facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses: WSIB
The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19. The measure, which will run through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), will see premium payments deferred for six months for all businesses in the province.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program:
We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
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Resources for Foodservice Operators:
Restaurants Canada is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 to ensure that our industry has all necessary information associated with this evolving public health situation.
Resources for Retailers:
Retail Council of Canada is working closely with the retail industry and all levels of government and health agencies to ensure the health, safety and security of all employees, consumers and citizens.
Resources for Manufacturers & Exporters:
In contact with federal officials who are overseeing the response to the coronavirus. We will work to share additional available information and welcome your concerns and input.
Ways to Keep Your Manufacturing Employees Virus-Free at Work:
Suggestions on virus free workplace.
Leading Successfully in Turbulent Times:
A guide to robust continuity planning.