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​Business Information &
Support During COVID-19

The City is doing everything possible, in cooperation with the provincial and federal governments, to minimize impact and see economic recovery take place as soon as possible. This page helps enable the City to better respond to the evolving challenges with partners in government, business and non-profits.

Please also refer to Support for Residents and Property Owners for helpful information.

The City of Barrie is working with our industry partners including Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Sandbox, Tourism Barrie, Barrie 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 in responding to the economic impact of COVID-19:

City Support

Business Response Action Plan

The Invest Barrie COVID-19 Business Response Action Plan includes Five Key Measures and supporting Action Items that will help protect the local economy and assist businesses with the supports needed to navigate these trying times. Invest Barrie will continue to monitor COVID-19 and will make changes when necessary, ensuring businesses are receiving the most current information and up-to-date programming.

Business Recovery Action Plan
The City has prepared a Business Recovery Action Plan (available for download at investbarrie.ca/covid-19-support) to assist the local economy in coming back stronger and smarter after COVID-19. It will guide local investment in the economic recovery after COVID-19 and identify local initiatives that will help the recovery process.
 
The plan was built through consultation with local businesses, stakeholders, and the general public. Thank you to all those that contributed.
Barrie Together Recovery Kit

The Barrie Together Recovery Kit is a set of tools to support businesses with COVID-19 recovery efforts.

The City has development shared media materials with the themes “Barrie Together” and “Shopping Local”. We encourage businesses to use these in marketing efforts, along with “Mandatory Face Covering” and “Curbside Pickup” window decals and physical distancing floor stickers supplied by Invest Barrie as part of the kit.

Visit investbarrie.ca/covid-19-support to learn more and order a kit.

The Small Business Centre presents ShopHERE

The City of Barrie joined Digital Main Street's ShopHERE powered by Google program, which helps independent businesses and artists build a digital presence and minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses and artists can apply for the program at digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere to get their online store built at no-cost.

The City of Barrie's Manufacturing Forum

The City of Barrie is launching a manufacturing forum for businesses to engage with one another to ask questions and provide solutions for their businesses during the ever-evolving time of COVID-19. If interested, please contact Nora Gavarre at Nora.Gavarre@barrie.ca or call at 705-739-4220 ext. 4431

Business in the Parks Pilot Program    

The Business in the Parks Pilot Program provides new opportunities for businesses to maximize their capacity and introduce new avenues for revenue generation. The idea for this program came about after consultations with the business community as part of the City’s Economic Recovery Action Plan.

Through this program, businesses can book time to use the outdoor space at Meridian Place or the Kiwanis Pavilion at Southshore Park for their business activities, operating in a closed format (i.e. participants have to pre-register to participate in the activity).

10-Minute On-Street Downtown Parking Limit

There is a 10-minute parking limit on Dunlop Street and side streets to help businesses conduct curbside pickup. Please visit barrie.ca/DowntownParking for more information.

Patios Everywhere Program

The City introduced the Patios Everywhere Program for the summer of 2020. This program is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners while at the same time ensuring safety standards and measures remain in place.

Water Wastewater Billing Relief

Residential water/wastewater account holders can apply to eliminate the fixed charge for water and wastewater on their next bimonthly bill if they are suffering from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.                    

In addition, the payment due date grace periods were extended for all residents and businesses for two billing periods.

Please visit Water Wastewater Billing for full information.

Federal & Provincial Programs & Resources

Federal
Resources

Federal
Announcements

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Provincial Resources

Provincial Announcements

Essential Workplaces

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

A Framework for Reopening our Province.

List of provincial stage 1 openings effective May 19, 2020

List of provincial stage 2 openings effective June 12, 2020

For businesses not yet able to reopen in stage 3, you can visit Ontario.ca/reopen to work with the provincial government on a reopening proposal that will enable you to safely resume or increase operations.

Support Info
by Sector

 All Businesses

Agriculture Industry

Arts, Culture, Heritage & Sports Industry

Indigenous Businesses

Small Businesses

Youth in Business

Business Resources

City of Barrie Partner's Resources & Updates

  • RVH COVID-19 Updates
  • Simcoe County Services - Updates
  • Downtown Barrie BIA Launches Lifeline E-Gift Card  Program in Support of Downtown Businesses 
  • The Small Business Centre is here to support and advise business during COVID-19. We are here to answer questions, help make sense of new information coming from different levels of government and provide advice on how to manage through these challenging times. We are committed to continue providing our regular services, including consultations, workshops, webinars and business continuity plans, with in-person services being delivered via telephone or video conference. For all businesses of any stage, please reach out to smallbusiness@barrie.ca or 705-720-2445.
  • The Sandbox Centre launches Experts in Residence Program
Financial & Business Support
Preparedness Toolkits
Operating During the Pandemic
Recovery Planning

Webinars

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

Arts Community

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and museums: impact, innovations and planning for post-crisis, co-organised with the International Council of Museums (ICOM)   

Digital Marketing
Financial
Legal & Employment
Local Partners & Other
Mental Health
Recovery

Hotlines

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Minister Ng and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announce hotline to provide small businesses in need with financial planning advice amid COVID-19: 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET)

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