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COVID-19 – Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources

Effective Friday, July 17, 2020 as of 12:01 a.m., business owners and operators in York Region must have a policy in place to prohibit people from entering if they are not wearing a face mask or covering. Customers, employees and visitors who enter enclosed public spaces must wear a face mask or covering. For all the details click here

You can download the Mandatory Mask signage here and a sample Mandatory Mask policy here

York Region moves into state 3 of reopening Friday, July 24th. For details on what that looks like and how it will affect your business click here

The Government of Canada has taken, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak such as wage subsidy, loans, deferral of tax, etc.

For a complete list of Federal support available visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses


The Business Resilience Service (BRS) Hotline is Open 1-866-989-1080 The BRS allows small- to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support them and their recovery.

The program, delivered free of charge, provides:

  • Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
  • Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
  • Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
  • Real time insights and feedback to policymakers

For more information visit: https://www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca/brs/


On Friday, June 26th, the expanded CEBA loan became available through Canada’s large banks. More financial institutions and credit unions will be offering this product in the very near future.


Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

  • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
  • meet operating expenses on commercial properties

Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020. This program may be extended into July

The details regarding applications have been published to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation site:


The Premier of Ontario has ordered legislation to ban all commercial evictions for those who qualify for the commercial rent relief program. The ban on evictions took effect on June 3 and will last until August 31. Learn more.


On Friday, June 19th York Region was permitted to move to Stage 2 of reopening. For more details on what business are included in Stage 2, read “Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 2” Businesses are encouraged to review workplace safety guidelines and public health advice.

The Ontario government will allow restaurants and bars to temporarily extend outdoor patio spaces to safely accommodate patrons and staff once licensed establishments are permitted to fully reopen for business. Learn more.


The Provincial government has compiled information and advice to your businesses navigate the economy during COVID-19. To access this information visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-businesses


Ontario is gradually reopening businesses, services and public spaces on a regional basis as progress is made in the fight against COVID-19. For details and guidelines on the various stages of reopening visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

Further information on re-opening and resuming business during COVID-19 is available on the York Region website

To help Ontario businesses get back to work safely, WSPS just launched a brand new COVID-19 microsite: https://covid19.wsps.ca/. All COVID-19 resources like checklists, webinars, articles, eCourses etc. previously available on our website has been transferred and is categorized based on three unique segments found in the workforce today:

  • Businesses open and operating
  • Businesses operating remotely/virtually
  • Businesses preparing to open/returning after shutdown

In addition, resources and information can now be searched and filtered based on a number of different factors, including sector, topic, language and type of resources.


York Region Public Health – Health Connection: 1-800-361-5653

Postponed Events

Mayor’s Dinner/Business Awards Gala

Given recent developments with COVID 19 we will be postponing the Mayor’s Dinner/Business Awards Gala until a time when we can be certain that the safety and well-being of our Members and guests will not be compromised. Rest assured that this event will take place as soon as it is safe to do so.

Wednesday, March 25th (6:00 – 9:00 PM)
Spring Lakes Golf Club – 4962 Stouffville Road, Stouffville

Registration opens at 4:30 pm
Cocktail Reception: 6:00-7:00 pm
Dinner & Award Ceremony: 7:00-9:15 pm

Member Price: $95. (plus tax)
Non-Member Price: $115. (plus tax)
Cash Bar

Complimentary wine to accompany dinner is being donated by Willow Springs Winery.

Register Early… Tickets are already 75% SOLD OUT!

Ontario Economic Report 2020

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Ontario Economic Report (OER) 2020

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s flagship report, the OER provides key insights into the province’s diverse business community with the goal of informing future public policy to create a more competitive and prosperous Ontario. This year, they are introducing the inaugural Small Business Friendliness Indicator (SBFI) which will benchmark how friendly the Ontario business environment is and where action can be taken to make improvements. The SBFI joins the Business Confidence Survey and the regional Economic Outlook within the data-driven OER.

Read the report

Stouffville Business Consultations



One-on-One Business Consultations

Join the York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC) for free one-on-one business consultations right in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville!

Whether you are a new business or you are already established, let the YSBEC review your ideas and business needs together with you. Consultations cover information on marketing, business planning, financing to help you move forward and grow your business.

Read more or to register

Message From The Mayor

Mayor Lovatt

“The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is a great place to start and grow a business. Council is fully supportive of the efforts made by the Chamber, they have the full support of the Town and our commitment to attracting and improving trade and commerce in the community.  We are excited to partner with the Chamber to achieve our mutual goals in making Whitchurch-Stouffville a place where people can live and work”

– Mayor Iain Lovatt

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Chamber News

Karen Wootton

Karen Wootton


First of all, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we continue to navigate these unprecedented and challenging times. It is a true testament to the human spirit that so many people can come together and make sacrifices to achieve a common goal. Thank you to everyone who continue to minimize social contact and wear masks when physical distancing is a challenge – your efforts, no matter how small, are important! On Friday July 17th at 12:01 a.m. face masks or coverings will become mandatory in York Region.

The GO train station remains closed to the general public. We are however in the office and are here to assist our Members anyway we can.

Networking for the time being is being moved to an online model and will remain that way until it is safe for us to meet face-to-face again. If you are doing something unique to assist the community, please email Karen@stouffvillechamber.ca and we will share it through our social media channels, if you are posting on social media tag us @stouffville.chamber so that we know what you’re doing and can share.

The Federal government has introduced many new programs over the past couple of months, which we have worked with the office of Dr. Helena Jaczek, MP for Markham—Stouffville to have modified and adapted to better support our Members.

As we have prepared for and moved into Stage 2 & 3 there have been many questions that we have worked with the office of Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville to gain definitions, direction and guidelines for our Members to follow.

We will continue to work hard with all levels of government to gain clarity for our Members on items that are important to them. If there is something that you need help with, please give us a call and we will do our best to point you in the right direction and get you the answers you need.

Stay safe and healthy,

Karen Wootton – Executive Director

Stouffville Chamber of Commerce
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