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COVID-19 Updates | Weekend Workplace Round Up for June 13, 14 & 15, 2020

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Below are the key announcements from the Federal and Ontario governments that touch on workplace issues for June 13, 14 & 15, 2020.


Expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

As of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). Owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week.

To qualify under the expanded eligibility rules, CEBA applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will need:

  • A business operating account at a participating financial institution;
  • A Canada Revenue Agency business number;
  • A 2018 or 2019 tax return; and
  • Eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million.

For more information, visit the the official CEBA website


Ontario Helps Local Businesses Test & Certify Medical-Grade PPE

At the moment, there is no domestic provider of comprehensive testing and certification for medical grade masks, gloves and gowns.  CSA Group Testing & Certification Inc. tests, inspects and certifies products to ensure they are in compliance with safety, environmental and operating performance standards. The Ontario government has announced that they will fund the organization with $526,200 to add new capacity to test and certify medical-grade PPE, including masks, surgical gowns and gloves.

The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory will provide businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers. 

Check out this news release for more information. 

Additional Businesses and Services to Reopen on June 19 

The Ontario government is enabling seven more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 this Friday, June 19, 2020, in addition to the 24 public health regions that entered Stage 2 on June 12, 2020.

The seven regions are:

  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Health Department;
  • Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Lambton Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
  • York Region Public Health Services.

Before opening, business owners need to review the workplace safety guidelines and public health  advice.

Check out this news release for more information. 

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Sarah Visca
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