Timmins Chamber of Commerce Update

Important Checklist for Reopening Your Business

With the recent framework for reopening our Province announcement by the Provincial Government, businesses will now need to shift focus to recovery readiness and determining strategies to return to work and reopen their businesses.

The Government has released general workplace guidance, sector specific guidance and planning for operations resources on the COVID-19 Business Support webpage.

We also recommend that part of your plan includes consideration for what you will do if we have a second wave and are required to move back to increased restrictions or closures.

Go to Timmins Chamber Toolkit Page to view the steps for reopening of your business.

OCC Chamber Updates

Indispensable Partners in the Fight Against COVID-19


We all have a role to play in the fight against COVID-19. We continue to connect with members to share important  updates from the government and listen to concerns and suggestions from Ontario's business community. 


We are taking concerns from the business community and communicating them to all levels of government. We also  continue to send letters to government in a coordinated effort to advocate for policy and regulatory changes that will help industry manage the disruption caused by COVID-19. Click  here to see all of our latest advocacy.


We frequently update our FAQ in response to questions we receive from our members.  We encourage you to bookmark this page


As the indispensable partner of business, our member companies are stepping up, joining the fight, and diverting  resources to support COVID-19 efforts. Join us in celebrating our #DifferenceMakers on our  website,  Twitter,  LinkedIn and  Facebook.

Some of this week's #DifferenceMakers:

If you know of a business stepping up to help out through this pandemic, please email us!

OCC Chamber Network Updates

COVID-19 Chamber Network Communication Toolkit

April 21,2020

The OCC have UPDATED the Chamber Toolkit link as they have received feedback that some chambers were unable to access the previous link. This link gains assess to various documents, templates and information in regards to COVID-19 and the OCC organization.


The OCC is preparing a short report that examines the important role that small and medium-sized enterprises  (SMEs) play in Ontario's economy. Further, the  report will include case studies of local businesses who  have: 

  • adapted their regular operations to produce essential items (ex. hand sanitizer, masks, etc.); 
  • began developing entirely new products/services to remain resilient; or 
  • changed the way they serve customers (ex. using or strengthening their e-commerce platforms to reach consumers at home). 

If a member of your chamber or board of trade meets the above criteria, please contact Catrina Kronfli, Senior Policy Analyst. 



Key Updates




  • Today, the federal government announced that businesses will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program beginning next Monday, April 27. Businesses are able to visit the CRA website to calculate how much they're eligible for. Also announced was an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services. 
  • On April 18, 2020, the government announced $20-million in funding through the COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. The funding is intended to advance medical research and develop tools and resources to combat COVID-19. Also announced was up to $306.8 million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and to support Aboriginal Financial  Institutions that offer financing to these businesses.
  • On April 17 the Government of Canada announced new  actions to protect Canadian jobs and provide $1.7 billion to support businesses and organizations dealing with the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new supports are available  to those unable to access existing supports including startups, rural businesses and communities, culture, heritage and sports organizations as well as young entrepreneurs. The government also introduced new measures to help retain and create approximately  10,000 well-paying jobs in the Canadian energy sector.


  • On April 20, the Ontario Government released updated COVID-19 modeling, showing that the public health measures put in place, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus. 
  • On April 17, the Ontario government announced its partnership with Rogers and Apple to make learning more accessible. This will help with the disproportionate impacts  the COVID-19 crisis is having on communities in every corner of the province.
  • On April 16, the Ontario government announced an amendment to the Insurance Act enabling  auto insurance companies to provide temporary insurance premium rebates to drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Click  HERE to access the latest updates in our communications chamber toolkit.

Ontario Government Essential Businesses Updates

Ontario Government Orders Additional Businesses to Non-Essential List

On April 3,2020, the Government of Ontario in its effort to minimize expose rates has added stricter reductions of businesses to the non-essential list and has applied stricter rules of operation for businesses deemed essential. Click here to see all the new rules and essential businesses and how it applies to yours.

Government of Canada Wage Subsidy COVID-19

Government of Canada Offering Businesses Wage Subsidies

During these extreme tough times, the Government of Canada is offering businesses wage subsidies to assist them in their financial hard ships of late. Please click here to review the backgrounder for this assistance.