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 email@example.com.
Sector Managers are working closely with our business community to understand how they are being impacted and how we can support them.
Our team is here to help and businesses can be referred to our Sector Managers:
Mayor’s COVID-19 Economic Support Task Force
Find out more here.
Business Survey: We want to hear from you!
Tell us how the COVID-19 pandemic may be impacting your business, and what information or supports you would find most helpful. The survey will only take a few minutes, and your answers are private and confidential. Take Our Survey
Health and Safety in the Workplace
We remind businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public. Infection prevention resources are available from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Peel Public Health. The following are downloadable PDF files for your workplace:
Public Health Ontario has guidance on hygiene, disinfection and cleaning procedures in public settings.
Mental Health - Resources for dealing with COVID-19
More information related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and infection prevention practices can be found here.
Federal and Provincial Announcements
ONTARIO | Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 | The Ontario government will provide $17 billion in additional resources to ensure our health care system, communities and economy are well positioned.
ONTARIO | Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses | The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce financial strain during COVID-19. Allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months.
ONTARIO | Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Ontario government is ordering at-risk workplaces to close-down at 11:50 pm on March 24, while encouraging businesses to explore opportunities to continue operations through the work-from-home models. Ontario Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety | See List of essential workplaces | Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
CANADA | 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 direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
CANADA | Canada Emergency Response Benefit | The Government of Canada providing immediate benefits to help protect Canadian workers and businesses from the global impacts of COVID-19
ONTARIO | The Province of Ontario announced steps to protect workers who take leave from work. Learn more about the proposed job protection legislation here.
Latest Government Supports and Information
- Announcement | To support Ontarians through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Government of Ontario is providing immediate electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use rates.
- Announcement | Ontario Supporting Workers, Municipalities and Retailers in Response to COVID-19: On March 19, the Ontario government passed two pieces of legislation which will protect the jobs of employees who self-isolate or quarantine, help keep store shelves stocked and give municipal councils the flexibility to continue operations while maintaining social distance.
- Announcement | The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 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 Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
- Canada’s Regional Development Agencies | What they are doing to help business during the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)
Available Funding, Resources and Best Practices
Financial Support for Businesses During COVID-19
- Resources for Canadian Businesses
- New Wage Subsidies Available | A 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, to help businesses keep and return workers to the payroll.
- The Canada Emergency Business Account | A new loan program that will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover operating costs temporarily.
- City of Brampton provides a tax deferral and waives penalties for 5 months
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program | Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate.
- Wage Subsidy | Eligible small employers will receive a wage subsidy for a period of three months. This is equal to 10% of the remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.
- Defer Tax Filing | Businesses can defer the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. The government will not initiate any GST/HST or Income Tax audits for the next four weeks.
- Emergency Care Benefit | Up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks for workers who need to stay home due to illness, parents who need to take care of children, or those taking care of a sick family member.
- Small Business Loan | Low-interest loans up to $100,000 if your business has been generating revenues for at least 24 months.
- Purchase Order Financing | Cover up to 90% of the purchase order amount to ease cash flow to your suppliers.
- Work-Sharing Program | Worksharing is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in normal business levels.
- EDC | Export Development Canada | Under the federal government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can now provide more than $10 billion of additional financing to customers facing economic challenges caused by COVID-19.
- The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) |Small Business Help Centre - COVID19
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources and Funding
- NGen announced $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies responding to the COVID-19 by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment and products.
To assist business planning and continuity efforts during this time, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a guide. This tool includes links to some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources. The Pandemic Preparedness Guide can be found here.
In addition to pandemic preparedness tools, the they have also created free templates for a Crisis Communications Plan and a Business Continuity & Recovery Plan.
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 program from Employment and Social Development Canada (including temporary special measures), please click here.
Call for Suppliers and Innovative Ideas
Reach out to the Ontario government if your business or organization can help communities withstand the pandemic and you have a solution for:
- Virtual mental health services for people who are vulnerable or living in remote communities
- Supply chain resiliency monitoring
- Financial planning and advising for small businesses that can be delivered online at low-cost including advice about relief programs and how to apply.
Ontario Together: here
Williams Osler Drive for #HealthcareHeros – Osler is requesting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the community to help ensure we have adequate supplies over the coming weeks. Here’s how you can help
How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19
| March 25, 2020
The spread of COVID-19 poses important challenges to Canadian businesses. Join this webinar to hear from BDC experts as they share short-term economic perspectives and to get advice on how to manage through the crisis.
Supporting Local Businesses
Looking to support local Downtown Brampton businesses during COVID-19? The Downtown Brampton BIA has prepared a list of online shopping options and revised hours.
The Brampton Board of Trade is working diligently to advocate for and support businesses throughout Brampton during this time. BBOT is also engaged in the Mayor's Economic Support Task Force. Visit the comprehensive resources page and explore their member directory. (If you have resources or information that would be valuable to other members, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org).