COVID-19 Resources to Support Your Business

As Canada continues to show its collaboration and resilience surrounding economic pressures and the control of COVID-19, we at Kingston Economic Development are remaining engaged with the business community. During this time, we will be suspending site visits and the scheduling of in-house consultations. We welcome businesses to reach out to our team with requests for information or support.

This page has been developed to provide a living snapshot of business resources and relief programming as it becomes available. 

Mayor Bryan Paterson declared a State of Emergency for Kingston on March 26, 2020 to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision aligns with steps the Province of Ontario has taken in response to the pandemic.

The Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of March 24, 2020. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open has been released. 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.

Resources, Grant Programs and Financial Support

Information will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

The City of Kingston is offering property tax relief - The City will waive the April 1 and May 1 monthly penalty and interest on all 2020 interim arrears. This will be done automatically; there is no need for taxpayers to apply for this relief. Call the City at 613-546-0000 to discuss payment options and financial assistance programs.

Utilities Kingston customers can call 613-546-1181, extension 2278 to discuss extended bill payment options and financial assistance programs. Hydro One customers can contact are eligible for Pandemic Relief Fund and get assistance at 1-88-664-9376.

The Federal Government will give 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. More details on eligibility criteria will start with the impact of COVID-19 on sales, and will be shared before the end of the month.

All employers covered by the WSIB's workplace insurance are automatically eligible for the provisions of the relief package and can defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020. Businesses are not be required to opt in to receive this benefit. Additionally, the WSIB will cease interest accrual on all outstanding premium payments. They will not charge penalties during this six-month deferral period. There will be no negative consequences for businesses who defer premium reporting and payments. The WSIB will continue to fully cover workers at eligible workplaces.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is 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. Details will be announced soon.

Business Retention, Supply Chain and Economic Support

For business support please contact one of our business development officers:

Ian Murdoch
Business Development Officer
Growth & Retention
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613)-544-2725 ext. 7248
[email protected]

Shelley Hirstwood
Business Development Officer
Attraction & Aftercare
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613) 544-2725 ext. 7232
[email protected]

Andrew Bacchus
Business Development Officer
Emerging Sectors
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613) 544-2725 ext. 7242
[email protected]

Small Business and Start-up Support

For small business support please contact one of our small business advisors:

Norman Musengimana
Small Business Advisor
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613) 544-2725 ext. 7222
[email protected]

Claire Bouvier
Small Business Advisor
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613) 876-9697
[email protected]

Digital Business Support and Workshops

Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613) 544-2725 ext. 7225
[email protected]

Chris Morris
Digital Main Street Advisor
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613) 539 8438 
[email protected]

For all additional information and support contact:

Donna Gillespie
Chief Executive Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
(613) 329-4671
[email protected]

 

Updated: March 27, 2020 - 5:03 pm

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