An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting limited retail with restrictions. This includes:
outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
outdoor dining with up to four people per table
non-essential retail at 15% capacity
Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people and with face coverings being worn. This includes:
outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people
outdoor sports and leagues
personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits
indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 25% capacity
Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes:
indoor sports and recreational fitness
museums, art galleries and libraries
casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits
Moving through the steps
The province will remain at each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. It can take up to two weeks for COVID-19covid 19 vaccinations to offer protection against the virus.
The province will remain in Step 1 for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.
If at the end of the 21 days the province has met the following vaccination thresholds, and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province may move to the next step of the roadmap:
Step 1: 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose
Step 2: 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20% vaccinated with two doses
Step 3: 70 to 80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25% vaccinated with two doses
Financial Supports For Existing Businesses Amidst COVID-19
Likely your business has been affected by COVID-19. If you are looking for financial support as a result of the pandemic, we recommend reviewing this list of options.
Keep in mind, some of these programs have made changes to their processes and eligibility requirements since their original implementation.
Ontario’s Skill Development Fund
Designed to address the challenges brought by COVID-19 and reduce obstacles in hiring, training, and retaining workers, this fund provides financial assistance to small businesses and other organizations to train workers. *deadline of first application round is Feb 28th
Self-employed individuals can apply to receive $1000 per 2 week period if they have ceased operations or have seen a 50% reduction in average weekly income due to the pandemic. Applicants must not be eligible for EI.
The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
HASCAP gives businesses the opportunity to access low-interest loans to cover operation costs by providing a loan guarantee to financial institutions. It also includes up to a 12-month postponement of principal payments.
Businesses who are/were required to shut down or significantly restrict services in accordance with Ontario’s mandates are eligible to receive rebates/grants to cover costs for property tax and energy bills.