Businesses located within our boundaries are members of the Uptown Yonge BIA, and enjoy the benefits of being part of our area.
Our next meeting date is Wednesday, Feb. 17th from 11:30am-12:30pm via Zoom. Please find the Agenda 24 hours in advance.
Attendance is open to members, and we welcome your attendance and constructive ideas. Time will be set aside to share an idea, question, or concern. If you are planning to attend a meeting, please let us know 48 hours in advance and we will send you the zoom details.
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and Provincial restrictions, the Board of Management meeting will be held on Zoom. Pass codes will be circulated to those who have registered by close of business 24 hours prior to the meeting time.
MEMBER INFORMATION: Updated February 13, 2021
If you received a Digital MainStreet Grant, remember the original deadline for all grant spending is February 28th. Due to the circumstances, and some business owners receiving their grant late, OBIAA is giving recipients the option to request an extension to May 31st. This option is only for those who received their grant from December onward. To request this extension, you must contact your Grant Coordinator via email and get this approved.
If you forget who your Grant Coordinator is or need their email, please email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will let you know. As a reminder, Julie helps business owners with their digital marketing – for free. If you’re having trouble with reporting the grant, she can help you with that as well.”
BusinessTO Support Centre
The BusinessTO Support Centre, facilitated by the City of Toronto, provides support to businesses, including not-for-profit and creative/culture organizations, with a focus on completing applications for government assistance. Businesses will be paired with an advisor to receive one-on-one consultation and guidance with applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers, Work-Sharing Program. Business advisors will also provide guidance on other City programs and general business advice. Interested businesses can get started by completing the registration form.
Digital Main Street:
Uptown Yonge BIA continues the Digital Main Street (DMS) program for our members. Last year we partnered with DMS to help your business with its digital transformation. If you require assistance, please contact Julie Prendergast who is our DMS Digital Service Squad member to help you with various tools and technologies. email@example.com The best part is there is absolutely no cost to you as a BIA member.
February 8, 2021 Update:
Here are links to the news release and web resources on the COVID-19 Response Framework which was delivered by the Premier today..
Web Resource: COVID-19 Response Framework:
The government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures. When it is safe to do so, the province will gradually transition each region from shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework.
Public Health Unit Region Classifications
For Toronto, Peel and York regions, the Stay-at-Home orders will continue until Monday, February 22, 2021. https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r21011
Final decisions will be subject to review of the trends in public health indicators at that time.
Safe Approach to Retail
To support the province’s economic recovery, the government has updated the Framework to allow for a safe approach to retail. Limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones will be permitted with significant public health and safety requirements, such as limiting capacity to 25 per cent. In addition, public health and safety measures in retail settings will be strengthened for other levels of the framework. Individuals will also be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance when indoors in a business, with limited exceptions.
Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions for the full list of public health region classifications.
January 15th, 2021 Update:
The application portal opens Friday, January 15, 2021 for the Ontario Small Business Grant.
The Ontario Small Business Grant provides between $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 to eligible small businesses that are required to close down or significantly restrict services under Ontario’s Provincewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020. Grants will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to help with revenue losses resulting from government mandated lockdowns.
Businesses will be able to use the support however they see fit. For example, some businesses will use the support to pay employee wages, while others will need support in maintaining their inventory. Eligible businesses may include those with less than 100 employees that were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the province-wide shutdown that came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, and have experienced a minimum of a 20 per cent revenue decline when comparing April 2020 to April 2019 monthly revenues. Note, the application portal will provide alternative revenue decline comparator months for small businesses not in operation in April 2019 or April 2020.
Application Link: https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/
Application Guide: https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/assets/guide.pdf
We encourage you to get your application in sooner than later if you are eligible.
October 5th, 2020 Update:
As protocols and procedures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, we want to ensure you have the most up-to-date information possible. Below are a number of updates and resources that we hope you find useful, including: what to do when you have a workplace outbreak, an overview of updated protocols for restaurants/bars and a link to some posters you may want to print and put on display.
The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) is also looking at ways to support businesses that are experiencing unsustainable increases to their insurance premiums. Please be sure to take 5 minutes to complete their survey.
As an employer, you are responsible for developing a plan in the event someone becomes ill with COVID-19.
As part of your plan, you must keep a record of participants at in-person meetings and events to aid Toronto Public Health in contact tracing. If you have been notified that an employee has tested positive or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the workplace, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.
After an outbreak occurs, clean and disinfect all surfaces as soon as possible and follow public health guidance on additional preventative measures.
Communicate regularly with your staff and business partners to ensure information is being shared, and maintain confidentiality of employee’s personal health information.
For additional information on what to do in the event of an outbreak at your business, click HERE.
Updated Protocols for Restaurants
Yesterday City Council voted in favour of implementing stronger measures to protect residents from COVID-19 and slow the resurgence of the virus in the City.
Beginning next Thursday October 8, the following temporary bylaws will come into force. To prevent COVID-19 from spreading in food and drink establishments, restaurants and bars must:
- Limit the total number of guests permitted to be inside at any one time to 75 (down from 100)
- Maintain a customer log for each patron, not just one person from the party
- Limit the maximum number of people able to sit at each table, both inside and outside, to six people (down from 10)
- Keep background music and any other background sounds, such as from televisions or other electronic sound producing devices, no louder than the volume of normal conversation (with the exception of live performances carried out in accordance with the provincial Stage 3 regulation).
A number of businesses are already implementing these new standards now and not waiting until next Thursday, which is something you may also want to consider. It’s a way to train your team ahead of they bylaw coming into effect and it also gets customers used to the new bylaws as well.
For more information, CLICK HERE
Covid-19 Alert App
Please encourage your customers to download the COVID-19 Alert app to help protect themselves and the community.
Once downloaded, the COVID Alert app will notify you if you have been exposed to COVID-19, tell you what steps to take next, and will alert nearby app users if you test positive, without sharing any personal information.
The COVID-19 Alert App does not collect, store, or share your location or any personal or health information. Instead, it uses your phone’s built-in Bluetooth to exchange random codes with other nearby app users every 5 minutes, looking for matches between the random codes on your phone and the random codes from those who have told the app that they have tested positive. For more information on how the app works, click HERE.
The more people who use the app, the more effective it becomes. Download and display this poster to encourage your patrons to use the app.
Other printable information cards and posters can be found HERE.