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COVID-19 Support Programs:

Temporary Patio Program Application

COVID-19 Community Improvement Grant Application (Intake Period 1 June 23 - July 10, 2020)

COVID-19 Development Rebate Building Permit Fee Application (Intake Period 1 June 23 - July 10, 2020)

COVID-19 Not-for-Profit/Charitable Organization Application (Intake Period June 30 - August 10, 2020)


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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses locally and globally. Below are some of the key information tools and resources you may need as you navigate this challenging time: 

List of essential workplaces

Local Business Support

Business support questions?

Georgina's Economic Development team is working remotely and will continue to support businesses during this difficult time by email at To ask questions over the phone, contact Karyn Stone, Manager of Economic Development and Tourism at 905-476-4301, ext. 2312.

Measures to assist businesses in wake of COVID-19:

  • The Georgina Emergency Response Benefit (GERB) will grant eligible businesses who have seen a 30 per cent reduction in revenue up to $7,500 and will be administered through South Lake Community Futures. Applications have been closed. 
  • Property tax and water bill deferral - the Town will not be applying penalties and interest for late payment of property taxes or water bills for 90 days. 
  • A proposed water and wastewater increase has been waived.
  • A grant of $10,000 for each of the three Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), Keswick, Sutton and Jackson’s Point, was approved to support their annual budgets for 2020. This will eliminate the annual fees that property owners contribute towards the activities undertaken by the BIAs.  
  • The Town has assembled a task force to work with other municipalities in York Region and financial organizations to look at funding opportunities.  
  • We've teamed up with the Northern Six (N6) municipalities of York Region and the York Region Economic Strategy Office to assist local businesses through this crisis. Businesses are invited to fill out a form to request information on the changing resources available to companies in Ontario. You should also fill out the form if you require direct assistance from the Town's Economic Development officer.
Regional Support

York Region  is following the provincial lead with respect to re-opening businesses, services and public spaces during COVID-19 in accordance with the Government of Ontario. York Region has a number of resources available to support businesses as they reopen and resume service, which includes the Re-opening and Resuming Business Toolkit. For more information on Re-opening and Resuming Business during COVID-19 in York Region, please visit their webpage

York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC) is offering consultations by phone at 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71572. They ask that you stay tuned for more information on their seminars and programs while they evaluate which ones can be delivered online. For upcoming webinars, visit their events calendar.  

York Regional Council approved the establishment of a task force and strategy to help businesses affected by the economic outcome of COVID-19. The task force will look at immediate and long-term economic recovery strategies and supports for those businesses most negatively impacted by COVID-19. York Region’s Economic Strategy team is committed to supporting our business community during this crisis. Should you need additional information beyond the resources available on this page or their website, email:


Economic Response Plan

The Province of Ontario is investing up to $304 million to enhance the province’s response to COVID-19.

The Government of Canada announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide direct support to Canadian workersbusinesses and industries.

They announced an $82 billion package to help Canadians and businesses cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, including supports, wage subsidies and tax deferrals. The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals.

News and Updates

June 17, 2020 Ontario Supports Ontario's Beverage Alcohol Sector During COVID-19 - The Ontario government is encouraging consumers to mark Ontario Craft Beer Week and Ontario Wine Week by supporting local beverage alcohol producers as the province takes additional steps to help the sector recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

June 17, 2020 Ontario Pauses Commercial Evictions - The Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19.

June 17, 2020 Ontario Extends Emergency Orders - The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force until June 30, 2020 to ensure the government has the necessary tools to safely and gradually reopen the province.

June 15, 2020 More People Can Get Back to Work as Additional Businesses and Services to Reopen This Week - The Ontario government is enabling more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 of the government's reopening framework this Friday.

June 8, 2020 Ontario Proposing Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions - The Ontario government announced that it intends to take action to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to the negative impacts of COVID-19.

June 8, 2020 Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days - The Ontario government announced that it is getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province.

June 6, 2020 Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Support Its Reopening - The Ontario government extends the suspension of limitation periods and time periods for legal proceedings until September.  

May 27, 2020 Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak - The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders until June 9, 2020.

May 19, 2020 Ontario Collaborates with Med-Tech Innovation Hub in the Fight Against COVID-19 - The Ontario government is working with Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX), to provide non-medical manufacturing companies free support as they retool to provide essential supplies and equipment to health care facilities during COVID-19.

May 14, 2020 Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen - The Ontario government is allowing retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers to open or expand their services.

May 6, 2020 Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19  - The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores.

May 1, 2020 Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines - The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.

April 30, 2020 Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines - The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.

April 24, 2020 Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19 - The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who are shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 24, 2020 Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords - The Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide urgent relief for small businesses and landlords affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 22, 2020 Emergency Response Benefit to support local businesses - The Town of Georgina is setting up a $250,000 Emergency Response Benefit to support local businesses. This fund will grant eligible businesses, who have seen a 30 per cent reduction in revenue, up to $7,500 and will be administered through South Lake Community Futures.

April 17, 2020 Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19 - Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments will provide support that will help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly. This program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.

April 16, 2020 Prime Minister announces additional support for small businesses The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new measures to support Canadian businesses so they can keep their doors open and their employees on the job.

April 15, 2020 Expanding access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and proposing a new wage boost for essential workers - To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government is announcing changes to the eligibility rules. They will also work with provinces and territories through a new transfer to cost-share a temporary top up to the salaries of low-income essential workers that the provinces and territories have deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19.

April 8, 2020 Government provides further flexibility for employers to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - The proposed CEWS would provide a strong incentive for employers to pay employees who have been sent home for health and safety reasons or due to lack of work. It would also enable employers to retain employees who are still on the payroll and rehire workers who have been previously laid off.

April 3, 2020 Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 - The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. 

March 27, 2020 Federal Government to boost payroll subsidy - The federal government is increasing a payroll subsidy to small business to thwart layoffs due to COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will now cover up to 75 per cent of salaries, a major increase over the original 10 per cent subsidy plan.

March 25, 2020 Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses - The government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.

March 25, 2020 Ontario's Action Plan released - includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs. It also will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.

March 25, 2020 Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659 - 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 following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

March 23, 2020 Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19 - To further contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m.

March 23, 2020 $5 Billion in support for farmers and agri-food businesses - Farm Credit Canada will receive support from the Government of Canada that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors.

March 21, 2020 Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-19 - Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-1



If you're overwhelmed with the sea of information emerging daily, joining a webinar may help you get the specific information and advice you need as you navigate these challenging times. York Link - York Region Economic Development has created a list of webinars from reputable sources that relate to all sectors and business needs.

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Additional Resources



Economic Recovery Team Initiatives

The Town of Georgina's Economic Recovery Team is working on a number of initiatives to help support local businesses. Read some of the reports that have been presented to Council to corroborate and launch these programs.