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COVID-19 is a crisis today and is creating a new normal tomorrow. On this page you will find information on the evolving situation and insights on how to respond.

Insights

Our leaders and experts share knowledge about COVID-19 and its impact.

Businesses applaud Ontario’s proof of vaccination plan

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September 1, 2021 – The Toronto Region Board of Trade, on behalf of its members and as one of the earliest advocates for proof of vaccination system in Ontario, commends the Ontario government for announcing their proof of vaccination plan to help businesses and settings safely reopen, remain open and avoid future lockdowns. We thank the government for their leadership, and applaud Ontario joining other Canadian provinces, and numerous global jurisdictions, for bringing this additional layer of protection to business operations in the face of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic impact.

Click here to read the statement.

Business District Reports: From Crisis to Opportunity

June 9, 2021 -The Economic Blueprint Institute (EBI) – the Board’s data and research arm – has introduced a Business District framework to better understand the complexity and diversity of the regional economy, the uneven impact of COVID-19, and strategies to support recovery. For each Business District, EBI has produced reports highlighting considerations for reopening and outlining strategies to help the region transition from crisis towards opportunities for recovery.

Click here to access the reports.

Fast Forward: Sector Strategies for Accelerating the Toronto Region’s Recovery

April 8, 2021 – The Toronto region must start planning now to address the gap in medium-term economic recovery strategies. In this report, the Board provides recommended medium-term economic recovery actions that government and businesses can take within the next 1-3 years – a timeframe that is perceived as being neglected by other recovery plans.

Click here to access the report.

Housing a Generation of Essential Workers: Modelling Solutions

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November 30, 2020 – Part of the Housing a Generation of Essential Workers Series, Modeling Solutions examines the need for affordable housing in the Toronto Region during COVID. The report highlights housing’s impact on employment through real world examples, and evaluates affordable housing models in the region.

Click here to access the report.

Sector Recovery Insights

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October 6, 2020 – Leaders from across the region convened to develop sector by sector recovery plans, and address the economic challenges stemming from COVID-19. Their recommendations have been distilled into 11 reports, each representing key industries in the Toronto region.

Read the reports here.

Shaping Our Future

September 21, 2020 – This Playbook provides clear and practical activations that business, government at all levels and regional organizations can implement to reimagine the Innovation Corridor’s economic recovery.

Click here to access the report.

Retrofitting Our Urban Region – Key Recommendations Report

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September 18, 2020 – Part of Reimagining Recovery’s Work Track 3, this report brought together 175 city building professionals to think through the social and economic challenges presented by COVID-19, and makes nearly 80 pragmatic recommendations for government and businesses. Discussions ranged from commercial and residential real estate, to the public realm and cultural sector. Governments, associations, companies, and communities can use this report to spark their own efforts to retrofit, redesign, and reimagine our region

Click here to access the report.

Retrofitting Our Urban Region – Working Group Recommendations

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June 26, 2020 – In June 2020, nearly 200 city builders, leaders and experts in infrastructure and community planning participated in a virtual symposium to discuss ways of retrofitting our urban region and encouraging recovery – all under the banner of Reimagining Recovery’s Work Track 3.

Click here to access the summary document.

Resources

Watch, listen, read and learn as we offer businesses counsel on getting through COVID-19.

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On November 25, 2020, leaders from the transportation industry gathered (virtually) to discuss the Toronto region’s transit systems, and the role it can play in regional recovery. Watch highlights from the Summit here. For more information on the Board’s Recovery Summit Series, click here.

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RAP will connect you with industry experts for guidance, mentorship, and practical advice on digital modernization. Help your company thrive in a changed business landscape. Click here for more information.

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The return to physical workspaces poses a number of challenges for small and medium businesses. This is your digital toolkit for safely welcoming your employees back to your work. Click here to access the Toolkit.

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The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to prepare you for expansion into international markets. Click here to learn more.

News & Statements

The latest news and statements from the Toronto Region Board of Trade as of July 1st, 2020. For earlier news releases and statements, please visit the News Release and Updates page on bot.com.

September 23, 2021- New Guide Available to Help Support Ontario Businesses With Vaccination Policies

September 13, 2021- New Report Highlights Threat to GTA Economic Growth if Manufacturing Workers
Continue to be Priced Out

July 20, 2021- Housing Affordability Crisis Costs the GTA up to $7.98 B Annually, New Report Shows

July 7, 2021- New campaign from Board of Trade and City of Toronto prepares businesses to welcome back workers, customers and visitors

June 14, 2021- The City of Toronto and Toronto Region Board of Trade to Provide Free Rapid Screening Kits to Small
Businesses

June 9, 2021- New Research Shows how the Pandemic has Hit the Toronto Region Unevenly Providing a Baseline for Reopening and Recovery Plans

April 20, 2021- Federal Budget Blazes Trail for Economic Recovery

April 8, 2021- Toronto region must address gap in medium-term recovery plans, says new report

April 7, 2021- When it comes to virus transmission in Peel, factories and warehouses are the problem

January 18, 2021 – Ontario tech businesses get help exporting COVID-19 solutions and other products abroad

November 30, 2020 – Scalable solutions to Toronto’s housing crisis are already in place, says new report

November 25, 2020 – Toronto Region Board of Trade offers fresh regional-transportation solution

October 15, 2020 – New Poll Finds Ontario Businesses Need Crucial Digital Resources and Guidance to Move Through COVID-19

October 14, 2020 – Regional coordination should be a core theme in Toronto’s recovery plans, say new reports 

September 23, 2020 – Toronto Region Board of Trade Provides Speech from the Throne Analysis

September 21, 2020 – Toronto Region Board of Trade launches data-backed, regional-recovery Playbook

August 18, 2020 – Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Interests Brought to Provincial Government

July 29, 2020 – Fractured Canadian Market Slows Our Economic Recovery, Say Business Leaders

July 10, 2020 – COVID-19’s Impact on Innovation Corridor’s Economy Substantial, Reveals Board of Trade Analysis

July 9, 2020 – Federal Deficit a Daunting But Necessary Tool For Future Economic Growth

Government and International Response Updates

From government, members, and other key sources. For critical business support programs, visit our Access Supports & Action Portal.