Ontario: Provincial State of Emergency

Non-Essential Businesses Closed: The government has ordered the closure of all non-essential workplaces in Ontario starting March 24 at 11:59 p.m. The full list of essential businesses that may remain open can be found here.

Economic Aid: The Ontario government Employment Standards Amendment Act to ensure no Ontarian will need to worry about losing their job; and An Act to Amend the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act to ensure groceries and other essential items are always stocked by allowing 24/7 delivery services.

Closures / Restrictions: The government has closed a broad range of businesses, and has limited public events to under 50 people.  List of closures can be found here

COVID-19 Countermeasures: The government announced the launching of Ontario Together, a website to help businesses work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19 through redeploying manufacturing capacity, and solicit ideas through the portal here. The Premier announced a $300-million “first stage” relief package that is aimed at increasing containment efforts across the province. The provincial government will provide immediate electricity relief for families, small businesses and farms paying time-of-use rates. The electricity prices will be held to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour for a 45-day period. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, has also issued a new directive for long-term care homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 that restricts residents from leaving a home for short visits with family and friends.