Covid-19 News & Updates

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Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking municipal, provincial, and national websites.

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Recent Government Updates

The City of Hamilton Public Health Services issued a Health Promotion and Protection Act Section 22 Class Order, to break the chain of transmission within local workplaces where COVID-19 or its variants are determined to be spreading.

The Order is now in effect.

The order will require:

  • Employers to notify Public Health Services if two or more cases of COVID-19 are identified within a 14-day period among those who attend the workplace by calling the Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848, option 6, daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or after-hours at 905-546-2489.
  • Employers must also notify Public Health Services when five or more cases of COVID-19 are identified within a 14-day period among persons who attend the workplace.
  • The closure of certain workplaces, or parts of workplaces, where five or more confirmed COVID-19 cases are confirmed within a 14-day period and where cases could reasonable have been acquired through infection in the workplace.
  • A workplace closure to be in effect for a minimum period of 10 calendar days.
  • Workplaces subject to closure to post signage provided by Public Health Services at all entrances to the premises.
  • Workers at the closed workplace, or parts of workplaces, to self-isolate where exposures and potential transmission are considered widespread.

These measures may include the full or partial closures of workplaces. Certain workplaces may be exempt from the full closure requirement.

Click here for full details on the Section 22 Class Order including owner/operator requirements and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Businesses and workplaces that have questions regarding this announcement can email

The Premier announced that Ontario will be taking its most extreme actions yet to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, both the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order (O.Reg 265/21) have been extended for an additional two weeks.

The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for essential reasons, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

The following additional enforcements will come into effect Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Outdoor gatherings with people outside a person’s household will be prohibited
  • All outdoor recreation facilities are to be closed (i.e. golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields)
  • Close all non-essential construction (exception includes construction of residences and provincial health infrastructure)
  • Reduce capacity limits to 25% in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted
  • Closing Quebec and Manitoba inter-provincial borders
  • Capacity at religious gatherings, weddings and funerals will be limited to 10 people (Effective Monday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m.)

All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only) will continue to apply.

Click here to read the full announcement. 

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m, the Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the threat on the province’s hospital system capacity, and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants.

The federal government announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.

This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000.

The extension will allow more businesses to access the support they need as Canada’s economy continues to deal with localized public health restrictions and, for a number of businesses, reduced opening hours or reduced demand for services. Extending the application deadline to June 2021 also aligns CEBA with the timelines of other federal government support programs for business.

Click here to read the full release.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

BarterPay® has partnered with the Retail Council of Canada and Restaurants Canada to provide business owners with roughtly $15,000,000 in BarterPay grants/interest free loans. They also offer a program for Hamilton/Halton specific businesses.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by Coronavirus

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs

Canada Business App
Your mobile business partner to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Canada Revenue Agency
Helping Canadians with the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

City of Hamilton: Financial Support for Individuals
Many types of financial support is available to help individuals and families experiencing challenges due to COVID-19

Government of Canada: Managing your business during COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses
What funding is available for you? Select your area, to find the financial support for your small business and how to contact your local MPP.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
COVID-19 resources with tips and tools on how businesses can plan their recovery-return, plus a number of free downloads that are sector specific with guidance and best practices for various jobs.

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