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This list is categorised by regional, provincial and national resources to help small businesses. Industry specific resources, including guides and printable signs, are also included.

This list will be updated as new resources and updates become available. Please refer back to this page frequently.


Ontario Stage 3 Reopening Regulations – Ontario Government

Section 22 Class Order – Face Masks – WDG Public Health

Workplace Culture – Article

Small Business – Article

Isolation Protocol for Small Businesses – Article

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace – Ontario Government List of Business Resources by sector



ABA Canada – Beauty Services during COVID-19

ABA Canada – Resources for Canadian Beauty Services


Restaurants Canada – Regularly updated guide for Canadian Restaurants, including response plans, funding, relief measures and guides for re-opening business.

Restaurants Canada – Re-opening Tracker. Status and updates listed by province.

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services – Guidance for Restaurant Servers, Cooks and Dishwashers During COVID-19



Dufferin Board of Trade – Consolidated page with resource links for businesses

Dufferin Board of Trade – Program and Resource Summary

Orangeville Economic Development / Town of Orangeville – Businesses

Public Health Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph – Printable signs for businesses

Social Distancing PPE – Plexi Glass Shields for businesses

Proforma – Face Masks

Proforma – PPE Supplies

Dufferin Supply – Hand Sanitiser

WSPS – Get Back to Work Safely – Videos


Centre for Businesses – Regional loans for businesses who do not qualify for federal relief

CECRA – Canada Commercial Rent Assistance – application information by province.

Reopening Measures: Ontario Government – Saturday May 9th 2020, all small businesses can provide curb-side pickup

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program – Ontario Program for Commercial Rent Relief

Ontario Together –  Ontario Government – Call for help from businesses who can assist Ontario during the COVID-19 emergency

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) – Relief measures for Ontario Businesses

FedDev Ontario – Southern Ontario Regional Development

FedDev Ontario – Twitter account for latest updates

Ontario Provincial Government – List of Essential Work Places

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) – Supports the tourism sector in Ontario

Ontario Chamber of Commerce – COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit

McCarthy Tetrault – Commercial Lease Enforcement During COVID-19

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) – Planning Checklist for Retailers



Canadian Government – Hotline for Small Businesses seeking financial planning advice

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) – Small Business Help Centre

Export Development Canada – Credit Access

Canadian Government – Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Canadian Government – Wage Subsidies and Credit

Canadian Government – Understanding ROE (Records of Employment Forms)

Canadian Government – Small Business Aid 

Canadian Government – Work-Sharing Program

Business Development Bank of Canada – How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business

Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Resources

Canadian Government  – Small Business Help – Downloadable Templates

Digital Main Street – COVID-19 Crisis Business Checklist

Institute for Business & Home Safety – Disaster Protection & Recovery Planning Toolkit

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction – Prevention Loss – Small Business Downloadable Materials

Main Street America – COVID-19 Crisis Main Street Checklist