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Resources, Updates, Tools

The Chamber is your trusted resource for all things related to leading your business through the impacts of Covid-19. We are working to ensure that the information we have on our site and social media platforms is relevant, accurate and as timely as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, or topics you would like to learn more about, please email webinar@barriechamber.com to let us know.


Government of Canada Update - March 27, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures (https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/27/prime-minister-announces-support-small-businesses-facing-impacts) to  ..
Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces follow ..
Message from the President
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
I want to take this time to update everyone on what the Chamber knows and what we are doing in regards to Covid-19 The past week has seen many more cases in this province and across ..
Government of Canada Resources for Small Business (updated regularly)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 ..
COVID-19 Ontario-Specific Updates (Government of Ontario - updated daily))
Monday, March 23, 2020
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Learn how the Ministry of Health is helping to keep Ontarians safe during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Find out how to protect yourself and ho ..
List of Essential Workplaces (Government of Ontario)
Monday, March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020 8:00 P.M. (check official site for updates/revisions (https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/list-of-essential-workplaces-2.html)) Office of the Premier  ..
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario - COVID-19 Resources, Updates and News (updated regularly)
Thursday, March 19, 2020
As the voice of the Ontario tourism industry the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) recognizes that in times of uncertainty there is a need for industry to have access to clear and rel ..
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (updated regularly)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister anno ..
Message from the President
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The organizations, employers and employees that the Barrie Chamber of Commerce represents are all going through some trying times that have never been seen before. Today we stand u ..
COVID-19 UPDATE RE: CHAMBER ACTIVITIES
Friday, March 13, 2020
Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and our desire to keep our community safe, the Barrie Chamber of Commerce has made the decision to cancel all March 2020 events ( ..




Employer’s Guide to Covid-19 & the Workplace
Thursday, March 26, 2020
The novel coronavirus, Covid-19, was declared an international pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, and both employers and employees are understandably worried about  ..
OCC: COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The health, safety and well-being of our staff, members and community are of the utmost importance to us. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), previously known as the 2019 novel coronavirus,  ..
WSPS Business pandemic preparedness checklist
Monday, March 16, 2020
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has prepared a Pandemic Preparedness Checklist (https://bit.ly/3aiTEVs) for your business. ..
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness Guide
Saturday, March 14, 2020
In addition to the work of the health care industry when a pandemic hits, businesses play a critical role in protecting the health and safety of employees, and limiting the negative impact on the  ..



Government of Canada Update - March 27, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures (https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/27/prime-minister-announces-support-small-businesses-facing-impacts) to  ..
Government of Canada Resources for Small Business (updated regularly)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 ..
INCOME SUPPORT FOR CANADIANS (Min. of Fin. response to COVID-19)
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Many thanks to Irmina M Koza, Chartered Professional Accountant for sharing this info: https://www.facebook.com/IrminaMKoza Temporary WAGE SUBSIDY For Canadians without paid sick leave (or s ..
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES (Min. of Fin. response to COVID-19)
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Temporary WAGE SUBSIDY To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a ma ..
FILING SEASON DEADLINE EXTENSIONS (Min. of Fin. response to COVID-19)
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Canada Revenue Agency will EXTEND the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals, including certain trusts. For INDIVIDUALS, the return filing due date will be deferred until ..
RECORDING: Business Strategies to Endure COVID-19
Thursday, March 19, 2020
What you need to know to minimize the effects of the economic downturn on your business. A webinar to address steps that you can take right away with respect to cash flow, supply chain ma ..
Fast Facts Bulletin 4 from HR Performance & Results
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
This morning, at 10:30 a.m./EST, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a $27-billion emergency aid package that offers immediate and direct help to Canadians and businesses, plus $55-billion in tax def ..
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (updated regularly)
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister anno ..
Canada’s Six Biggest Banks Take Decisive Action to Help Customers Impacted by COVID-19
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Canada’s six largest banks yesterday announced plans to provide financial relief to Canadians impacted by the economic consequences of COVID‑19. Effective immediately, Bank of Montreal, C ..
BDC: Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The health and well-being of entrepreneurs, clients and non-clients as well as of our partners is our top priority. BDC stands ready to support companies through to a more stable period.  ..





RECORDING: Handling HR (Warren Coughlin)
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Many clients and other business owners I’m speaking to have questions about their people during these crazy times. If you’re like them, you want to keep people employed when you can, you want to t ..
Employer’s Guide to Covid-19 & the Workplace
Thursday, March 26, 2020
The novel coronavirus, Covid-19, was declared an international pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, and both employers and employees are understandably worried about  ..
Work Sharing
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the co ..
Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces follow ..
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Program
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Employers can use a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) plan to increase their employees’ weekly earnings when they are unemployed due to a temporary stoppage of work, training, illness, injur ..
RECORDING: Webinar - Employment Law Considerations & COVID-19
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Thirsty for knowledge? The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, leaving so much unknown about how it will affect businesses and their continuity. In part one of the discussion, Barriston L ..
List of Essential Workplaces (Government of Ontario)
Monday, March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020 8:00 P.M. (check official site for updates/revisions (https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/list-of-essential-workplaces-2.html)) Office of the Premier  ..
Fast Facts Bulletin 6 from HR Performance & Results
Monday, March 23, 2020
Clarification Regarding Eligibility for Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits After repeated calls to Service Canada, and being on-hold for 4 hours yesterday and again since 8:30 a ..
Fast Facts Bulletin 5 from HR Performance & Results
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Ontario Legislature has passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine due to COVID ..
Fast Facts Bulletin 4 from HR Performance & Results
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
This morning, at 10:30 a.m./EST, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a $27-billion emergency aid package that offers immediate and direct help to Canadians and businesses, plus $55-billion in tax def ..
Fast Facts Bulletin 3 from HR Performance & Results
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
This morning, at 8:30 a.m./EST, Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a State of Emergency in Ontario to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The announcement included the following: Effective immed ..
WSPS Business pandemic preparedness checklist
Monday, March 16, 2020
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has prepared a Pandemic Preparedness Checklist (https://bit.ly/3aiTEVs) for your business. ..
Fast Facts Bulletin 2 from HR Performance & Results
Monday, March 16, 2020
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, so it is important to stay connected. We will be sending regular bulletins during this period of time so that you can stay well informed on your legal o ..
Mitigating Workplace Concerns About COVID-19: Employee Questions, Employer Questions and Next Steps
Friday, March 13, 2020
COVID-19: What we know and what you, as an employer, can do Mitigating Workplace Concerns About COVID-19: Employee Questions, Employer Questions and Next Steps (http://www.hrpar.ca/Libraries/C ..



Tourism Industry Association of Ontario - COVID-19 Resources, Updates and News (updated regularly)
Thursday, March 19, 2020
As the voice of the Ontario tourism industry the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) recognizes that in times of uncertainty there is a need for industry to have access to clear and rel ..


RECORDING: COVID-19: Understanding Government Supports for Canadian Businesses
Friday, March 27, 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving global challenge. In addition to the health risks posed to Canadians by COVID-19, businesses operations and supply chains are particularly vulnerab ..
RECORDING: Handling HR (Warren Coughlin)
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Many clients and other business owners I’m speaking to have questions about their people during these crazy times. If you’re like them, you want to keep people employed when you can, you want to t ..
RECORDING: Managing an Unexpected Remote Workforce
Thursday, March 26, 2020
In reponse to COVID-19, many organizations quickly transitioned to work-from-home. How do you manage a remote workforce that has been thrust upon your organization? Download presentation slide ..
RECORDING - Webinar: Minister of Finance - Economic Update
Thursday, March 26, 2020
00:00 Welcome & Introductions On March 25, 2020, the Minister of Finance released an economic and fiscal update based on the government's best understanding of the current situation. We a ..
RECORDING: Marketing your Business (Warren Coughlin)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Warren Coughlin will be speaking with marketing expert, Lance Johnson, to discuss marketing strategies and tactics businesses can employ to best market their products and services throughout econo ..
RECORDING: Webinar - Employment Law Considerations & COVID-19
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Thirsty for knowledge? The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, leaving so much unknown about how it will affect businesses and their continuity. In part one of the discussion, Barriston L ..
RECORDING: Webinar - Navigating COVID-19, A Practical Q&A Session for Your Business
Friday, March 20, 2020
This interactive webinar took place on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 10AM and brought together many community and provincial leaders including: Michael Badham, Moderator Janice Leroux, HR Pe ..
RECORDING: Business Strategies to Endure COVID-19
Thursday, March 19, 2020
What you need to know to minimize the effects of the economic downturn on your business. A webinar to address steps that you can take right away with respect to cash flow, supply chain ma ..

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