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Off-Peak Time-Of-Use Electricity Rate for Small Business, and Farm Customers

The Government of Ontario is working to suspend time-of –use electricity rates for 45 consecutive days, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour. This reduced price will be available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to all time-of-use customers. Customers will see rate reductions of over 50 per cent compared to on-peak rates. This discount will be applied AUTOMATICALLY to electricity bills without the need for customers to fill out an application form. Time of use customers whose billing cycle ended before their local distribution company implemented this change will received the reduced rate as a credit on a future bill.

Implementation date: Effective Immediately
For more information: https://www.oeb.ca/rates-and-your-bill/electricity-rates

Temporary Changes to Municipal Noise By-Laws

Under the Municipal Emergency Act, 2020, new legislation ensures that for the near future, the delivery of goods to Ontario’s businesses and consumers isn’t impacted by municipal noise by-laws that may unintentionally be impeding such deliveries when they are most urgently needed. The new legislation will waive local noise by-laws allowing delivery trucks to operate overnight. These temporary changes are designed to allow businesses to transfer goods between their warehouses and retail stores 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Implementation date: Effective Immediately
For more information: https://amcto.com/blog/march-2020/temporary-suspension-of-noise-by-law-regulation-po

Extension of validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products

New regulations include extensions for driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration Certificates, among others. The Ministry of Transportation is also automatically extending the due dates for medical or vision reports. This extension will be in place until such time that, based on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, the current situation improves.

Implementation date: Effective Immediately
For more information: https://www.ontario.ca/page/extended-validation-periods

Ontario Together Website

A newly launched website designed to help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. The website will identify the pronvince’s supply challenges and solicit ideas and advice from Ontario’s business and manufacturing communities on how the government can work together to meet the need. Through the portal, companies will be able to submit proposals for the government to procure required goods and services and share creative solutions quickly.

For more information: https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus

Stop the Spread of Business Information Hotline (1-888-444-3659)

The Government of Ontario 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 recommendation by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.. Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line.

Government Supports for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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