COVID-19 Resources

There are a number of government assistance programs and community supports that have been set up to respond to organizations and employees/individuals impacted by COVID-19.

Support for organizations

Changes to Ontario's rules and regulations

  • New Annual General Meeting regulations for Ontario. The Government of Ontario announced increased flexibility for non-profit meetings. An Emergency Order was approved and applies to not-for-profit corporations incorporated under the Ontario Corporations Act (CA). Read more here.

    The Emergency Order allows organizations to: 

    • Extend the deadlines to hold Annual General Meetings to 90 days after the state of emergency is ended by the Ontario government.
      • The Emergency Order is in effect province-wide and is retroactive to March 17, 2020, the day the Declaration of Emergency came into effect.
      • If the government ends the state of emergency within 30 days before your current deadline, then you have until 120 days after the state of emergency ends. 
    • Hold meetings of directors and members electronically or over the phone. Meetings have to allow people to communicate with each other simultaneously and instantaneously.

Health and safety guidance resources for reopening Ontario

  • To help people, businesses and communities prepare for Stage 3 of reopening Ontario, the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the province health and safety associations, has released more than 170 health and safety guidance resources covering a wide range of workplaces. 

Loans for organizations

  • The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
    CEBA 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.

    Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans.

Paying and managing employees

Funding for organizations

Recorded webinars 


Online Services

Support for employees/individuals

Employment Insurance Benefits

  • Apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with CRA
    • The Government of Canada is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks. As the economy is beginning to restart, the Government is making changes to the CERB attestation, which will encourage Canadians receiving the benefit to find employment and consult Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service that offers tools to help with job searches.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • The Work-Sharing Program (WS)
    This program helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is an agreement between employers, employees and the Government of Canada.

Paying your energy bills

  • Low income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
    $9 million in direct support to families for their energy bills by expanding eligibility for the LEAP and ensuring that their electricity and natural gas services are not disconnected for nonpayment during the COVID 19 outbreak

Government’s guidance about face coverings

  • Some municipalities and local medical officers of health have exercised their authority to implement mandatory face coverings in commercial establishments or all indoor public spaces. The Government of Ontario is providing further guidance about face coverings.




  • Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS)
    On March 25, 2020, the Ontario government announced a temporary top-up to payments made through GAINS. Beginning in April 2020, monthly GAINS payment amounts will be automatically doubled for a period of six months.

COVID-19 Response Plans

  • Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19  
    The government's action plan is a first step in its response to COVID-19 and 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.

  • Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan: protecting vulnerable Ontarians
    The Ontario government is taking immediate action and building upon previous measures to better protect our most vulnerable and the frontline staff who care for them.

  • Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
    The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.