STONEY CREEK CHAMBER COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS – UPDATED RESPONSE
As the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread globally, commerce and communities are being impacted severely, as predicted. Your Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce is continuing to coordinate with officials at the municipal, provincial and federal level and will keep you apprised of updates; we are continuing to work with our business membership and community and will provide useful information regarding the current state of the virus in addition to helpful information for your business.
We will be reaching out to all our membership and inquiring how we can help you in this time of crisis. If you have a question please reach out to us. If we don’t know we will find the answer for you from our many contacts.
It is important that you have the most up to date information and facts and we have put together the following links from reputable sources to help you.
Public Health Services advises to still minimize exposure wherever possible to ensure the safety of the public. This can be achieved by suspending attendance at meetings, gatherings and training sessions.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and update our community by communicating through email, social media posts, and on our website.
UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF COVID 19
City of Hamilton: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Public Health Ontario: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/
Government of Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-0
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
BUSINESS SPECIFIC RESOURCES:
BDC Webinar – MARCH 25
The Business Development Bank of Canada is hosting a webinar March 25 at 12:00pm for entrepreneurs looking for advice on how to manage their business through this difficult time. Register today: https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/webinars/pages/how-cope-impacts-covid-19-on-your-business.aspx
Government of Canada – Resources for your Business:
Mass Gathering Guidelines – Government of Canada
PANDEMIC & CONTINUITY GUIDES
Pandemic Planning for Businesses – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit – Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Business Continuity Guide – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Business Continuity Plan and Recovery Plan – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Crisis Communication Plan – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Safety Poster from the Government of Ontario
Employment Insurance Information
The Federal government announced changes to Employment Insurance due to the pandemic.
Unable to work due to sickness: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
Regular Benefits Overview: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit.html
The Federal Government announced $82 billion dollars in aid and programs
The Government announced that it would waive the one week waiting period in which employees are required to wait without income prior to collecting employment insurance.
Should an employee not qualify as they do not have enough qualifying hours, they will have access to a program called the emergency care benefit.
Other financial incentives are being provided as well – such as an increase to the child care benefit, loan repayment deferral (for student loans), extending the deadline to file 2019 income tax to June 1, 2020, and mortgage payment deferrals.
Contact your financial institution for more information on you financial products including loans, mortgages, credit etc. and how they can help you in your specific case.
Please reach out to one of our legal members for legal advice as our situation is ever changing and new measures are being taken by the government that could change the applicable law and practices. Before taking any steps, it is advisable to secure legal advice particular to your own unique workplace and situation.
M.Chuchla Law Firm Professional Corporation
426 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1G2, Canada
Mieszko (Mitch) Chuchla
McHugh Whitmore LLP
914 Queenston Road, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Regency Law Group Professional Corporation
25 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Simpson & Wigle LAW LLP
1 Hunter St E, Hamilton, ON, Canada
SimpsonWigle LAW LLP Burlington
501-390 Brant St, Burlington, ON, Canada
Startek, Peglar & Calcagni
952 Queenston Rd, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Please contact the office should you have questions.
Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce Staff & Board of Directors