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COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CEAP-SB)

September 9, 2020

The Government of Ontario has created a program to help support small businesses during these challenging times. The province has pulled together $8 million to support small businesses that are struggling to pay their energy bills. The Ontario Energy Board has created the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CEAP-SB). The program provides a one-time, on-bill credit for electricity and natural gas accounts that have outstanding payments as of March 17, 2020.

Applications for this program are now open through Toronto Hydro and Enbridge Gas. Enbridge has provided a number to call to both check eligibility and to apply. That number is 1-877-362-7434.

Toronto Hydro is also accepting applications but online at https://www.torontohydro.com/covid-19.

WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program for Micro Business (1-5 employees)

 

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is offering a unique opportunity to a limited number of micro businesses to join the WSIB performance-based incentive program for companies with 1-5 employees.

The cost to join this pilot program is $49 + HST only for a limited time and it is first come first serve.

This pilot program is built for small businesses (1-5 employees):

  • Flexible timelines allow employers to work at their own pace
  • Registration is open all year round with a 12 month cycle at $49 + HST for a limited time only.
  • Recognition is based on individual participant performance and a rebate up to $1000 upon validation.
  • A WSPS Volunteer/or an Excellence Guide will assist along the way as he/she will provide coaching/feedback as the business owner work to implement the Excellence program topic.

For more information, click on this link  https://www.wsps.ca/Small-Business-Centre/Good-to-Know/Rebate-Program

 

Download WSIB Health and Safety Excellence program for Micro Businesses – flyer (538 KB PDF)

If you are a local business in the BIA with 1-5 employees and want to take advantage of this program, please submit your filled application to business@dukeheights.ca.

WSPS H&S Excellence program Application Form

For other business sizes over 5 employees, you can promote the WSIB H&S Excellence program through your regular communication channel.

This link provides further details https://www.wsps.ca/Health-and-Safety-Excellence-Program/WSPS-Health-and-Safety-Excellence-Program.aspx where the registration fees are based on the amount of premiums a company has paid the previous year.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Small Firm with less than $100.000 in WSIB premiums is $800 + HST
  • Medium Firm between $100,000 and $1M in WSIB premiums is $1700 + HST
  • Large Firm greater than $1M in WSIB premiums is $2,500 + HST

To learn more, contact DUKE Heights BIA at business@dukeheights.ca.

Brief & Associates Inc. : Helping Businesses with Debt Problems

Brief & Associates Inc. is a firm of government Licensed Insolvency Trustees that has been advising individuals and small businesses with debt problems for over 40 years. Angie Klein, the Managing Director at Brief & Associates Inc. says, “We treat every person as a unique individual with a unique set of issues and work towards finding a solution that fits. We understand that being in a difficult financial situation can be extremely stressful and upsetting. We therefore treat everyone with care and compassion and our knowledgeable insolvency team will take the time to explain all of your options so that you feel comfortable and confident that you are choosing the solution that best fits your needs.”

A recent example of someone they helped was Dinesh P. Dinesh, who had $30,000 in credit card and income tax debt, a leased vehicle, an RRSP and steady employment income.  A friend of Dinesh told him to find a Trustee and just file for bankruptcy.  After a consultation with Dinesh, where they discussed the pros and cons of his options, Brief & Associates recommended that he should not file for bankruptcy but rather a Consumer Proposal.  A consumer proposal is a compromise with creditors that consolidates all debts into a single, affordable monthly payment that results in a reduction of up to 70% of the total debts owing.  Not only was Dinesh able to keep his car and RRSP, but within 2 years of completing the proposal, he was thrilled to report that he had qualified for a mortgage to purchase his first condo.

COVID-19: Stories of Ingenuity and Resilience

They had to board up their windows. They had to lay off their employees. They had to pivot their business models so they can strive to make ends meet in a troubled world. They’ve learned the hard way that the necessity is the mother of all inventions.

These are the stories of some of the businesses from DUKE Heights BIA who chose to share their tribulations and triumphs with us. They are stories of ingenuity, adaptability, perseverance, and resilience during the time of crisis.

If you are part of our BIA community and have or know any inspiring, innovative, or touching stories, reach out to us and let us share it with all of our BIA members and beyond. We’re all in this together!


The Bespoke Shop and Tailor Raj Singh

This hidden gem in our BIA, located at 3872 Chesswood Dr, is responsible for some of the City’s finest tailoring jobs. Having been in this craft for over 37 years, and being considered by many, a one-of-a-kind master in the lost art of “old-schooled” bespoke tailoring in Canada, the owner – tailor Raj Singh – believes that “clothes don’t make the man; they just define him”, while providing meticulous one-on-one consultations to his clients. The same attention to detail you will find in the design of the custom-made, reusable masks, he has started producing from the very beginning of this pandemic. Without any shortage in his imagination and creativity, Raj also design headbands with attached buttons to hold the mask in place without any irritation to the ears. Raj has graciously donated numerous sets to local families in the neighboring community. Reach out to Raj at http://rajsinghbespoketailor.com/, email info@customtailors.ca or call (416) 661-6777.


Progress Luv2Pak

Founded in 1917, Progress Luv2Pak is a family owned and run business in our BIA, that imports and distributes premium retail & gift packaging – high end shopping bags, gift boxes and many other products used by businesses of every size across North America.

With over 35 years importing experience, “it was clear that our team was well equipped to help to fill the urgent need for PPE” says David Hertzman, owner of the business. Their team did extensive due diligence, qualified multiple factories and to date has imported millions of certified, high quality disposable masks. They also keep a robust inventory at their Downsview Warehouse to fill any immediate needs. Their masks are currently being used by hospitals, long-term care homes, and businesses across many industries throughout North America.

For more information on all their products or to order medical or commercial grade face masks, visit https://www.luv2pak.com/mask or call: (416) 638-1221.


Eagle Sportswear and Shoppe List

Established in Toronto in 1988, Eagle Sportswear, manufactures and distributes performance and protective sportswear, customized uniforms and promotional products. Their services include in-house manufacturing and embroidery for custom uniforms as well as free consultation for uniform requirements. Shortly after the pandemic lockdown, Eagle Sportswear introduced a new line of reusable and washable face masks, including but not limited to silver yarn masks, quilted cotton masks and copper infused mask. For more information on their products and services call (416) 650-5144 or email info@eaglecanada.com or sales@eaglecanada.com or visit their new e-commerce site at https://shoppelist.com/collections/healthcare or go to their online store at https://eaglecanada.com/.


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Complimentary Workplace Health and Safety Advisory Services for Small Business

Are you a small business owner looking to implement additional safety measures for your employees in your workplace when you reopen?

Duke Heights BIA with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering Free Small Business Advisory Services that matches small businesses (with less than 20 employees) with a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP)® to help you as an employer improve health and safety in your business using simple, easy to implement solutions.

WSPS is a not-for-profit organization and a proud partner of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system having a rich history of making Ontario workplaces safer by helping businesses understand their risks and legal obligations to stay in compliance and build safer workplaces.

Benefits of the Program

  • Cost: The program is FREE for all the eligible businesses!
  • Support: An expert health and safety advisor will help and guide the employer through the short program
  • On-Site Advice: On-site professional assistance from advisors will be provided at times that work for you. (Due to current social distancing guidelines, a video/virtual meeting is preferred for the first initial meeting with your assigned advisor)

What’s Involved?

  • Time: Over a series of communications, you will spend approximately 10 hours working with your advisor at times convenient for you.
  • Review: The advisor will work with you to review the current status of health and safety in your business, including a workplace walk-through to prevent potential accidents.
  • Implementation: Listen to suggestions and new ideas from the advisor and implement changes that you feel are needed to improve your business.
  • Follow-up: Keep the momentum going by sharing learnings with workers and continue to improve the health and safety of your business.

If you are a local business in the BIA with less than 20 employees and want to take advantage of this service, please send your query or submit your filled application to business@dukeheights.ca.

 

#BacktoBusiness : Relaunch your Business with our FREE Marketing Pack

Have you recently reopened your business or are you considering to reopen in the near future? Use our Back to Business promotional service kit while you’re getting ready to reopen.

Core Services:

  • Social media Boost: free promotion of your business and products/services on our social media platforms
  • Sales Boost: free admission to GetintheLoop – an online promotional platform to reach tens of thousands of new potential customers
  • Free Perk on DUKE Heights BIA website and our newsletter

Optional Extras:

  • Free assistance in setting up social media accounts
  • Free digital presence consultation with Digital Main Street
  • Free website / e-commerce site (if you do not already have a website)
  • Inclusion to our FREE seminars on business-related topics

To learn more about DUKE Heights BIA Member Assistance Services and Programs, please email us: info@dukeheights.ca, or call (416) 739 -1621.

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Findings

DUKE Heights BIA issued a COVID-19 Business Impact Survey on April 8, 2020 to assess the impact of Covid-19 on our BIA members as well as their current needs, so we can cater suitable support measures during and after the pandemic. The survey was closed on May 7, 2020.
Thanks to all the BIA members who responded. The BIA team will get back to the respondents on their individual queries.

Here is a snapshot of our findings.

  • 90% of the respondents to the survey said COVID-19 had a significant negative impact on their businesses.
  • At the time of the survey 48% had to remain closed due to the pandemic.
  • 56% are either interested or have already made alternative arrangements through e-commerce and online sales.
  • 83% of the respondents are curious about financial assistance.

Interested to find out more? Please click on the link below to download the complete survey results.

Download the Survey Results in PDF

Apply today for the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Complimentary Small Business Advisory Service

As employers start to plan for the re-opening of their physical workplaces, and as we move toward a “new normal”, the primary focus of the re-opening process must be grounded in health and safety considerations to protect the workplace from the spread of COVID-19 now and in the future, recognizing the risk of a possible second wave. Employers have a duty under Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation to protect the health and safety of their workers. To meet their obligations and provide a safe workplace, employers need to update and implement new health and safety policies and practices in their workplaces to address the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Duke Heights BIA with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering Free Small Business Advisory Services that matches small businesses (with less than 20 employees) with a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) ®. This advisor will help you as an employer improve health and safety in your business using simple, easy to implement solutions.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is a not-for-profit organization and a proud partner of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system, a trusted safety advisor since 1917 committed to protecting Ontario workers and businesses., WSPS has a rich history of making Ontario workplaces safer by helping businesses understand their risks and legal obligations to stay in compliance and build safer workplaces.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Cost: The program is FREE for all the businesses that are selected!
  • Support: An expert health and safety advisor will help and guide the employer through the short program
  • On-Site Advice: On-site professional assistance from advisors will be provided at times that work for you. (Due to current social distancing guidelines, a video/virtual meeting is preferred for the first initial meeting with your assigned advisor)

What’s Involved?

  • Time: Over a series of communications, you will spend approximately 10 hours working with your advisor at times convenient for you.
  • Review: The advisor will work with you to review the current status of health and safety in your business, including a workplace walk-through to prevent potential accidents.
  • Implementation: Listen to suggestions and new ideas from the advisor and implement changes that you feel are needed to improve your business.
  • Follow-up: Keep the momentum going by sharing learnings with workers and continue to improve the health and safety of your business.

If you are a local business in the BIA with less than 20 employees and want to take advantage of this service, please submit your filled application to business@dukeheights.ca.

Small Business Advisory Service Enrolment Form

Groceries and Bulk Food Retailers Open in DUKE Heights BIA

Groceries and bulk food retailers are among the essential businesses that remain open to serve you right now. Avoid crowding at bigger retail hubs and consider supporting your local businesses who are struggling to survive right now.

Here is the list of stores that are open in DUKE Heights BIA to serve your daily essential needs. However, please free to let us know by email at info@dukeheights.ca if we are missing any businesses on this list that are open to serve customers during this difficult time. We are constantly updating our database.


Business Name

Contact Information

Danforth Food Market Address: 3701 Keele Street;
Ph: 4163988123;
Website: http://www.danforthfoodmarket.com
Coppa’s Fresh Market Address: 4750 Dufferin Street; Ph: 4167366606; Website: http://www.coppas.com
Yummy Market Address: 4400 Dufferin Street;
Ph: 4166652424;
Website: http://www.yummymarket.com
John Vince Foods distribution Centre Address: 555 Steeprock Drive;
Ph: 4163636146;
Website: http://johnvince.com
The Real Canadian Superstore Address: 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Drive;
Ph: 4166653209;
Website: http://www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca
Walmart Address: 3757 Keele Street;
Ph: 4166330854;
Website: http://www.walmart.ca
Vito’s No Frills Address: 3685 Keele Street;
Ph: 4163983021;
Website: http://www.nofrills.ca
Home Sweet Home Address: 1 Whitehorse road, Unit 19;
Ph: 4166330030;
Website: http://www.sweeth.ca
Pelmen Perogies Address: 111 Martin Ross Avenue, Unit 12;
Ph: 4166638553;
Website: http://pelmen.com