Business Information & Support During COVID-19

The City is doing everything possible, in full cooperation with the provincial and federal governments, to minimize the impact and see an economic recovery take place as soon as possible.

The City of Barrie is working with our industry partners including Barrie Chamber of CommerceSandboxTourism BarrieBarrie Construction Association, the Small Business Centre, the BIA, and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, with updating this page regularly to be able to identify actions to support businesses, workers and residents in responding to the economic impact of COVID-19. This page will enable the City to better respond to the evolving challenges with its partners in government, business and non-profits.

Latest Federal & Provincial Press Releases

City Support

Reduction of Enforcement Services
Free Transit: March 20–April 6
Water Wastewater Billing
Property Tax Billing

Economic Support & Recovery

Stay up to date on provincial and federal measures to provide economic relief and support:

Banking Solutions
Federal Programs
Provincial Programs
Other

Funding for Businesses

Local Business Resources

The Small Business Centre, the BIAThe Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and The Barrie Chamber of Commerce can help prepare your business for a recovery strategy.

Information for Organizations & Events

Find out what your organization, workplace or event can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Event Organizers

The risk of planning events that will create mass gatherings must be assessed on a case-by-case basis by Public Health Authorities, event organizers and relevant planners. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends conducting a risk assessment when determining the public health actions related to a mass gathering during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Workplaces

Employers should also know what is expected if they have employees returning from travel. Learn more by reading the World Health Organization’s Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 fact sheet.

General Advice
Hygiene
Flexible Work Arrangements and Sick Leave
Business Travel
Closure

Mental Health Services

With coronavirus (COVID-19) now officially being called a pandemic by the World Health Organization, public fear and anxiety are on the rise. Employees may be experiencing a high degree of uncertainty, worry and stress about the health and safety of their loved ones, and how this pandemic may disrupt their work and personal lives.

While employers are preparing responses to safeguard their business operations and protect the physical health of their employees during this crisis, it’s important to consider everyone’s psychological health and safety, too. Read the following articles to learn how you can respond t the outbreak or please call Canadian Mental Health Association’s hotline at 1-833-456-4566 should you need further assistance.

Arts Community

This is a very challenging time for the arts industry, many of whom are dealing with canceled performances, and loss of work.
City staff have begun to compile a list of helpful resources for Canadian artists and professionals to help during this time:

Programs

All available webinars, programming and live streamed events to help you and your business cope with COVID-19.

Hotlines

  • The Government of Canada’s Coronavirus Hotline can answer questions and provide information:1-833-784-4397 
  • The Emergency Watch and Response Centre (EWRC) can be called 24/7 by Canadian citizens abroad in need of emergency assistance: 1-613-996-8885
  • The Business Development Bank of Canada can answer questions for business owners: 1-877-232-2269
  • This Employment Insurance (EI) hotline can be called if you have already completed the application for EI sickness benefits, whether you are sick or quarantined, to have the one-week waiting period waived: 1-833-381-2725
  • For questions on international trade, call Export Development Canada: 1-888-220-0047
  • Ontario Public Health Authority: 1-866-797-0000
  • Canadian Mental health Association: 1-833-456-4566
  • Province Launches Business Support Line: 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

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister 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 up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.