WHAT TO KNOW
Global COVID-19 cases have reached 12,245,417, up from 11,801,805 at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Canada now reports 106,805 cases, up from 106,366 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Ontario reports 36,464 cases, up from 36,178 cases on Wednesday.
The growth rate of new cases in the province is still under 1%, with 116 (0.3%) new cases reported since yesterday. Of the province’s total cases, 32,155 have been resolved (88.2%) and there have been 2,710 deaths (7.4%). The province has now completed 1,636,171 tests and reports 25,668 tests are currently under investigation. More information here.
A province-by-province breakdown of Canada’s COVID-19 case count can be found here.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, official languages minority communities (OLMCs) have experienced revenue reductions and financial hardship. On July 9, the Government of Canada announced a $4.5-million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) investment in three not-for-profit organizations to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations across southern Ontario. These organizations will provide non-repayable contributions as follows:
- l’Assemblée de francophonie de l’Ontario and the Prescott Russell Community Development Corporation (CDC) will receive a combined contribution of $3 million to deliver funding to OLMC SMEs and community organizations with an economic focus, including social enterprises and not-for-profit cooperatives
- $1.5 million investment for Societé Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) to deliver targeted technical advisory services to OLMC businesses and cooperatives across southern Ontario
More information here.
Today, the Ontario Government launched the Ontario Made program from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). This program will promote goods that are made across the province by helping consumers easily identify, access and purchase local products. Funding for Ontario Made is made possible through the $50 million Ontario Together Fund launched on April 1. This funding will be used to help retailers and consumers identify local products by:
- Creating a new Ontario Made logo that manufacturers can use to help consumers identify their made-in-Ontario products
- Launching a new SupportOntarioMade.ca website that will connect consumers and supply chain partners to manufacturers of made-in-Ontario products
- Promoting Ontario Made through a digital newsletter
More information here.
On July 9, the government of Ontario extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work. More information here.
The Ontario government is expanding access to reliable broadband and cellular service in underserved and unserved parts of the province. The application intake for the $150 million Improving Connectivity for Ontario program (ICON) opened on July 9. This funding will help drive economic investment and job creation across the province while allowing more people to work from home more efficiently, engage in online learning, and connect with family and friends. More information here.
The Ontario government is seeking advice and input from people and organizations on modernizing Ontario’s Capital Markets and supporting economic growth and job creation with the posting of the Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce initial consultation report. The report outlines key stakeholder findings and more than 47 policy proposals to modernize the province’s capital markets. More information here.
As part of Toronto’s CaféTO, The City of Toronto has requested and now received a new Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) from the Province of Ontario that will help ease zoning restrictions on outdoor patios while allowing for expanded patios on private property, including parking areas. The MZO provides more opportunities for restaurants and bars to respond to physical distancing requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing the amount of outdoor space for customers. It will allow more restaurants in Toronto to use more available outdoor space to generate revenue this summer. The MZO will expire on November 16 to coincide with the end of the CaféTO program. More information here.
The City of Toronto has launched a new online Business Licences & Permits Application so businesses can apply for new licences and permits virtually. The new application process allows business owners or operators requiring new licences or permits to fill out an application, submit documentation, and complete payment in one online space. More information here.
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