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

The Government of Ontario is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates for 45 consecutive days, holding electricity prices time-of-use customers. Customers will see rate reductions of over 50 per cent compared to fill out an application form. Time of use customers whose billing cycle ended before their local distribution company implemented this change will receive the reduced rate as a credit on a future bill.

Temporary Changes to Municipal Noise By-Laws

Under the Municipal Emergency Act, 2020, new legislation ensures that for the near future, the delivery of good 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.

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.

Ontario Supports the Trucking Sector

The Government of Ontario government is working closely with the trucking sector to truck address the issues being faced. Provincial authorities are ensuring all 23 ONroute travel plazas remain open for take-out, grab and go, and drive-through services, including washrooms with enhanced cleaning. Moreover the government will be providing portable washrooms at 32 truck inspection stations, so trucks have a place to stop and rest safely.

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

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and provincial governments will provide support that will help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly and by investing up to $1 million in new funding. This program is designed to aid primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning. Eligible applications will be received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available.

Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19 – Matching Employers with Job Seekers

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and provincial governments will provide support that will help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly and by investing up to $1 million in new funding. This program is designed to aid primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning. Eligible applications will be received and assessed on a continuous basis, while funding is available. Applications available April 17 2020.
Government Supports for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19: Provincial Government of Ontario

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