The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 on our clients and local economy. The resources provided on our website will be updated regularly and are intended to provide business owners with available government and community supports. Please visit the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation website for additional COVID-19 updates and resources. 

Reopening Ontario during COVID-19

Read the COVID-19 Response Framework for details on COVID-19 zones and the corresponding business guidelines and restrictions. The City of Windsor has also released a COVID-19 Small Business Action Plan detailing its mesaures to support local businesses.

Ontario Education Campaign to Help Workplaces Reopen Safely

The Ontario government has launched new health and safety education campaigns, with a particular focus on helping small businesses across the province reopen safely. The on-the-ground assistance includes a comprehensive suite of resources business owners can access at no cost to ensure they are helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

The full suite of government educational supports available includes:

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace

Before your business reopens, review the Government of Ontario's sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 in Ontario. The government has also created a Workplace PPE Supplier Directory to identify personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to keep your employees and customers safe. Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has also released a COVID-19 Toolkit for Small Businesses to Safely Reopen.

The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The guide is accompanied by a template that employers can fill in to develop their own unique COVID-19 safety plan.

Government support for businesses

You can conduct a custom search of COVID-19 support programs using the Business Benefits Finder tool from the Government of Canada. Key funding programs available to Windsor-Essex businesses include: