March 26th - Resources
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March 26th


The Government of Canada has taken strong action to help Canadian businesses. Visit, to access the various support programs that have been put in place to help you through these difficult times.

Public Health Sudbury & Districts: for the most credible, local information, including how to prevent spread, how to monitor your health, and what to do if you think you are sick.

The City of Greater Sudbury's Website has updates that hit close to home. Garbage pickup, parking, transit, etc.
*City Council has approved free downtown metered parking until the end of the provincial emergency declaration.

The City of Greater Sudbury's Economic Support & Recoveryfor resources regarding COVID-19 to support our local business community. 

Google's small business resource hub to help Canadian businesses navigate this unpredictable time.  Also available in French, the hub includes tips and recommendations to connect with employees and customers, work remotely, and to manage advertising.

Obiaa's Newsletter: The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association has a great newsletter full of resources for small businesses and community members alike.

From The Greater Sudbury Police Service

Tips for business owners shutting down for the next 14 days:
* Do a thorough cleaning of windows and floors and log when it was done so that investigators will have a timeline to work with if a break-in happens
* Remove all valuables from storefront displays
* Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty
* Ensure alarm systems are working and all contact lists are up to date
* Post on doors/windows that the premises are monitored by an alarm company and that no money is kept on the premises
* Consider a surveillance system which can be monitored remotely by phone/online
* Consider putting a laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent easy entry
* Keep some lighting on inside to help with video surveillance and consider lighting on timers if possible
* Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure
* Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on — consider motion sensor lights as another option
* Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials)
* Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (have a log) but go at different times

If you are a business owner and have experienced a break and enter to your business, call us at 705-675-9171.

If you are a business owner and have noticed vandalism to your business (i.e. broken window) please report it online.

If community members witness suspicious persons or activity around closed businesses, please contact Police at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS.

For a crime in progress, call 911.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): The benefit will provide $2000 / month for the next four months for workers who are not getting a paycheque because of COVID-19. This includes:

  • Persons who have lost their job due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are contract workers who can no longer work due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are Self employed who can no longer work due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are sick or in quarentene and not recieveing a slaary due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are looking after someone who is ill due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are looking after children or parents due to COVID-19
  • Persons who are employed but are not receiveing a an income due to COVID-19

A application portal will be launched very soon, and applicants will recieve funding within 10-days of applying. CERB payments will be issued every four weeks, and will be available from March 15, 2020 to Oct. 3, 2020.

Things to do:

The Regional Business Centre

The Regional Business Centre has a new video series where you will hear from industry leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to get information and support to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis.

Watch the first episode to hear from Jeff MacIntyre from Fuel Media on how to manage your marketing during this time. There are some great tips in this video.

The Regional Business Centre plans on releasing more as part of this series, so be sure to follow their Facebook Page.

BDC Free Webinar

The BDC experienced “exceptionally high interest” shown in their webinar How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business, so they decided to pre-record the webinar and release it now so that it can be viewed anytime.

This webinar was recorded on March 23rd and all the information was accurate at the time of the recording.

You can also visit BDC’s information hub at for tools, details about our financing solutions and additional measures to support you and your business.

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