28 April 2020 – Government launches new website to support businesses

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Private Sector and Businesses
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Premier (Doug Ford), Deputy Premier and Minister of Health (Christine Elliott), and Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction (Prabmeet Sarkaria)

Overview: The Ontario government is launching a new website to help businesses during this pandemic. The website allows businesses to submit any potential roadblocks they are facing while working to retool operations to produce health-related products or continuing their existing operations while complying with public health requirements. The website will be used to help the government make temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations that will help remove these barriers that are impacting businesses and the supply chain.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-helping-businesses-overcome-the-unique-challenges-created-by-covid-19.html

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Type of Justification: Providing support
Evidence/Justification: The government explains that this website will offer another avenue of support for businesses, enabling them to voice their concerns and challenges so that additional measures can be taken or rules adjusted to mitigate negative effects. This website also aims to make it easier for businesses to retool their mechanisms of production, especially to produce health-related supplies and equipment for frontline workers.