COVID-19 Business Support Updates

Mar 17, 2020

During this difficult time, the Town of Halton Hills is committed to engaging with and supporting the business community. We are monitoring the situation and are continuously gathering information and supports to help navigate through the available resources being announced through all levels of government. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Economic Development Team with any questions or concerns. We will also be updating the business community on Town initiatives through our Invest Halton Hills newsletter. To subscribe, visit the newsletter page at and find the Economic Development, Innovation and Culture newsletter registration box.


Call to Action

  • MICRO PPE PROCUREMENT PORTAL -Local Companies Helping Local Healthcare and Essential Services
    Currently, the Federal and Provincial governments are working toward procuring large quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In the short term, there are local companies across Halton Region which can help alleviate short-term critical supply of PPE for local hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as, essential service businesses. No amount is too small. Learn more.

  • SUPPLIERS NEEDED - The Government of Canada is calling all businesses that can supply products and services in support of Canada's response to COVID-1. Learn more.
  • MANUFACTURERS NEEDED - If yo u are a manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. Learn more.
  • SUPPLIES, INNOVATION, IDEAS - Ontario 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.
  • NOW HIRING: Superior Glove in Acton is looking for full-time and temporary staff to help produce PPE for the fight against COVID-19. Day shift (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) and afternoon shift (3:30 pm to midnight) available! Send your resume to

Response Funding

  • NGen's COVID-19 Response Program - $50 million to fund projects that involve the rapid production launch of products in short supply, including virus screening test kits, gloves, gowns, masks, and other personal protective equipment, hospital equipment such as ventilators and peripherals, as well as cleaning and sterilization chemicals and equipment.

Business Resources

Local Information and Updates

Government of Canada

Province of Ontario

Ontario's "Stop the Spread" Business Information Line 

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Assistance is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open

Tourism, Arts & Culture Resources

Agri-Business Supports

  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19
    The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation's supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Quarantine Assistance Program 
    Up to $1,500 per temporary foreign worker (TFW) will be provided to employers or those working with them to ensure isolation protocols are met.
    Eligibility: Employers with TFWs adhering to the upon-arrival 14-day isolation period.

  • Increase to Farm Credit Canada’s lending capacity 
    An additional $5 billion in lending capacity to assist the industry in addressing cash flow challenges.
    Eligibility: Farmers, agri-businesses, and food processors.

  • Canada’s Advance Payment Program
    $173 million in loan repayment deferrals under the Advance Payments Program through Agricultural Credit Corporation.
    Eligibility: Farmers with APP loans

  • Canada’s Deferral of HST Remittance and Customs Duty Payments
    Businesses, including self-employed individuals, can defer until June 30, 2020 their remittances of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), as well as customs duties owing on their imports.
    Eligibility: Business who must remit HST and Customs Duties. Note that GST/HST rebates that are late filed may be considered for processing.

  • Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Ins. Board’s Financial Relief Package
    As part of the Ontario government’s $1.9 billion in relief for employers, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) will defer premium payments for six months for all businesses in the province.

  • Canada Emergency Business Account
    An interest-free loan of $40,000 for qualifying businesses. Up to $10,000 of that amount will be eligible for complete forgiveness if $30,000 is fully repaid on or before December 31, 2022.
    Eligibility: Businesses and not-for-profits are eligible to apply for this loan if they have an annual payroll of between $20,000 and $1.5 million.

Business Recovery Webinars

Other Business Resources

Funding Programs


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