|MMIC UPDATES:||LINKS & INFORMATION|
|COVID-19 FEDERAL RESOURCES:||COVID-19 CANADA|
|COVID 19 PROVINCIAL RESOURCES:||COVID-19 ONTARIO|
|STAY AT HOME ORDER:||MAXIMUM GATHERING 5 PEOPLE|
|BUSINESS RESOURCES:||COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT|
|STAFF RESOURCES:||COVID-19 EMPLOYEE SUPPORT|
|DEALERSHIP SALES:||ONLINE & CURBSIDE PICK-UP ONLY|
|DEALERSHIP SERVICE:||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY|
|ON ROAD RIDING:||ESSENTIAL ONLY RECOMMENDED|
|OFF ROAD RIDING:||PROHIBITED|
|ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:||ONTARIO RETAILER|
MAY 1, 2020
Learn how we’re planning to reopen businesses, services and public spaces.Read our framework for reopening the province
Ontario, Apr 27
Please see the latest plan from the Ontario Government below and note that the 13 pages of the document can be accessed by the arrows in the bottom left hand corner.Ontario-Plan-Apr-27-PDF
Ontario: COVID-19 relief measures for businesses in Ontario
In Ontario, vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services are considered essential services.
Vehicle parts and supplies must be provided to the customer only through an alternative method of sale such as curb side pick-up or delivery.
Vehicles, including motorcycles can be sold by dealerships but showrooms are not allowed to be open to the public. Purchased vehicles can only be delivered to the client or be available for curb side pick up.
Dealerships can call 1-888-444-3659 for more detailed information on how they can sell a motorcycle or OHV.
Support for businesses
In its Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario government announced the following measures to support small businesses:
Please check the government website for a full list of measures in the Spring Update. https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/index.html?_ga=2.73925910.526271280.1584974991-1133991564.1557715661
The Ontario government also announced an end to Time-of-Use electricity pricing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective immediately, electricity will be priced at “low-peak” – 10.1 cents/kwh – at all hours of the day for the next 45 days.
Support for employees
If you need to lay off employees temporarily, there is no requirement to give or pay notice since the employee is not being terminated.
In Ontario, employers have the option to temporarily lay off employees for up to 13 weeks. After 13 weeks, the lay off becomes permanent and severance pay rules will apply.
Ontario has extended job-protection for employees unable to work because:
The protections are retroactive to January 25, 2020.
Ontario employers are also restricted from asking for doctor’s notes for COVID-19 related leaves, including quarantine, self-isolation or childcare responsibilities due to COVID-19 related school and daycare closures.
As part of its Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario government deferred WSIB premium payments until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty.
How you can help the province
The Government of Ontario announced a new website to help businesses work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Any business that could produce – or reconfigure to produce – essential equipment, from ventilators and masks to swabs and eye-protection, is encouraged to visit the Ontario Together webpage. https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus
Retailers not considered essential are still permitted to sell to customers via e-commerce (phrased by the government as “either online, by telephone, or by mail/delivery”).
Physical distance restrictions: Public gatherings of over 5 people are prohibited.
There will be deferrals in place on all 10 of the provincial business taxes, including the Employer Health Tax, the provincial portion of property tax, as well as on all WSIB payments.
The current package includes the following:
All 10 Provincial Business Taxes will be deferred until at least Aug 31st, interest & penalty free including the Employer Health Tax, all fuel taxes, beer and wine taxes.
For the Employer Health Tax, the minimum payroll amount of $490,000 will be increased to $1,000,000 for 2020. That means businesses with payrolls less than a million will not have to pay any EHT. For eligible private-sector employers with payrolls up to $5 million, the first $1 million of total Ontario remuneration is exempt, increasing the exemption to $19,500 for 2020.
All WSIB premium payments will be deferred for 6 months. In the interim, the Province will cover all employee claims.
The Provincial portion of Property Tax will be deferred for 90 days (Education payments).
Ontario is postponing property tax reassessment for 1 year. Assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the same valuation date that was in effect for the 2020 taxation year.
Created a Pandemic Relief Fund for customers; will provide financial assistance and/or payment flexibility. Refunding security deposits to over 4,000 eligible commercial businesses customers.