New measures will help businesses reopen safer, rehire faster and recover from COVID-19

The Ontario government is continuing to help businesses rebuild, reinvest and create good jobs across the province.
Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, recently announced Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan and intends to introduce the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, proposed legislation that would support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet the challenges of today. If passed, the act will remove hurdles faced by small businesses and allow them to pursue new opportunities — while maintaining or enhancing protections for public health, safety and the environment.
The plan includes:
A one-time grant of up to $1,000 for eligible main street small businesses — in retail, food and accommodations, and other service sectors — with two to nine employees to help offset the unexpected costs of personal protective equipment (PPE);
Ontario’s Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network, which links 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres across the province as places where small businesses can access tailored advice and information on local, provincial and federal programs;
Digital Main Street Squads to help small businesses grow online;
Mental health supports for families, frontline workers, young people, children, and Indigenous communities;
Ontario’s Small Business Recovery Webpage to provide single window access to small business supports.
“Small business is important to Haldimand-Norfolk and these measures should help ensure they make it through COVID,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett.