“Emergency Break” and STAY-AT-HOME Order

Provincial Wide Shutdown

As of Saturday April 3rd, 2021, the Ontario Government has implemented a provincial wide shutdown. Commencing Thursday April 8th 2021, all non-essential retail stores are to switch to curb-side pickup and delivery only. These measures will be in place for at least 6 weeks.

To read more about the “Emergency Brake” measures please visit the Ontario Government’s website.

During this time, the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework for Reopening has been put on pause.

For local updates and additional measures for Dufferin County, please visit WDG Public Health


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.

Small business - KEY RESOURCES

Local entities providing small business support and services.

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

List of Ontario resources for small businesses.

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 – 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

Canadian Government – Hotline for Small Businesses seeking financial planning advice

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

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

CERS – Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. CERS has replaced

CECRA – Canada Commercial Rent Assistance that expired in September 2020.

CFIB – Small Business Resources, including funding and subsidy information.

FedDev Ontario – Southern Ontario Regional Development

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


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.

Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association – Ontario updates and information.

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


Retail Council of Canada – ‘Playbook’ for opening retail stores

The below links provide the latest measures and updates from the provincial government and local authorities.

Ontario Newsroom – Latest news and updates for the province.

Public Health Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph – Latest measures for Dufferin County.

Printable signs, informational videos, and access to PPE.

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