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COVID-19 Business Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office is working with partners to consistently update COVID-19 business resources. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions on how we can support your business.  We are here for you. ​ Contact us at

Local Updates 

Simcoe County Services - Updates

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - Updates and Resources for workplaces ​

Local Immigration Partnership - COVID-19 Updates ​

​​​​​Provincial and Federal Resources 

Ontario Specific Updates - ​Learn more about how the Prov​ince continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.​

List of Essential Businesses Open  - the province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions​ about ​the order to close at risk workplaces. 

COVID-19 – Federal Government -Support for Businesses​ ​

COVID-19 - Innovation Canada - Full List of Resources for Businesses​

COVID-19- Government Announced Support Summary - April 3, 2020 

Collaboration Platform - the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) ​ - has launched a platform to connect innovative technologies, SMEs and experts from across the Province 

Employment and Social Development Canada – Employment Insurance (COVID-19) ​​ -  Resources on topics including employment insurance, work-sharing program, and federally regulated workplaces​​.

Process of Applying for EI - Global News Article ​

Trade Commissioner Service Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses 

​​Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses​​

Government of Canada - Information for Government of Canada employees: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers Regarding COVID-19


Other Resources 

Questions and Answers from ​the Payroll Info Line​ - Answers to questions from businesses from the Canadian Payroll Association 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Preparedness Website and Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Federation of Canadian Municipalities - COVID 19 Resources for Municipalities

Ontario Chamber of Commerce - Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit

Workplace Safety & Prevention Service- Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit

Leadership in times of Crisis: a Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

Country Preparedness and Response Status for COVID-19 as of 12 March 2020​ - World Health Organization​

Tools ​and Tactics for Businesses During COVID-19 ​​​​- Resources from MARS in areas such as HR, cash flow and supply chain 

The Conference Board of Canada​ ​- daily blogs, webinars and information on economic implications of COVID-19

​COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre​ ​- Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

Social Distancing Resource - County of Simcoe​ - this social distancing poster could be on display at your place of business 

Manufacturing Businesses

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) - Manufacturing resources for members and non-members. ​

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada​ has issued a call for funding proposals to develop new capabilities and increase the capacity for production of essential equipment and products 

​Call to action: if you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, the Government is asking for your help​ ​​- Learn more ​

The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)​ ​is sharing COVID-19 member-intel with all manufacturers

COVID-19: Employee Positive Test Results - Protocol and Guidelines​ - Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)

Agriculture Businesses

Canadian Federation of Agriculture - Resources on Covid-19 ​

​Information and Tips on COVID-19 for Agriculture ​Businesses ​

Resources for Remote Work 

What's Your Company's Emergency Remote-Work Plan?​ - Harvard Business Review​

Prepare your team to work from home ​- LinkedIn

​Canada Calls​ for Supply and Services 

If you are a business able to supply products and services in support of Canada's response to COVID-19, the Federal Government is asking companies​​​  complete this form

Focus areas include:

Products: Disposable N95 masks, Disposable surgical masks, Nitrile gloves, Vinyl gloves, Gowns, Bottles of hand sanitizer, Other prevention products

Services: Guard / security services, Nursing services, Food services, Laundry services, Accommodation maintenance services, Personal services, IT support services, Other services

The Ontario Government is looking for help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the response to COVID-19: Learn more

The County of Simcoe EDO has compiled a list of local suppliers for requested products​​ ​- please contact us at to be added to this list. 

​​Impact of COVID-19 on Business - Surveys

In an effort to monitor the progression of COVID-19 on local businesses, the County of Simcoe, in partnership with our member municipalities, the Cities of Orillia and Barrie, and regional partners are seeking your assistance in providing information on how we can best support your business. Your input is valuable and will help guide us during this challenging time. Please complete this quick survey.  ​

COVID 19 Impact on Ontario Tourism Operations​ - RTO7 Survey ​​


Coffee Talk: Where is the Silver Lining?​ Join HBEC Mentors every Monday morning for coffee and knowledge ​from mentors

Digital Service Squad Live ​ ​​Join the South Georgian Bay Small Business Centre every Tuesday at 10:00am for digital marketing tips, advice and support to help navigate this difficult time for business. 

COVID Labour Law COVID Webinar Recording ​​- Siskinds Law Firm 

Managing Budgets and Cash Flow During Covid-19 ​- Wednesday, April 8th by the Sandbox Centre 

Pivoting to an Online World​ - Wednesday, April 8th presented by the Sandbox Centre and Barrie Chamber

Conquering Stress During ​Uncertain Times ​- ​Thursday, April 9th by the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre