COVID-19 Business Information

Oakville's Economic Task Force

Mayor Burton, along with the Economic Development department, Oakville Chamber of Commerce and Oakville Business Improvement Associations have formed an Economic Task Force. The Task Force will work in collaboration to provide immediate short-term relief measures to the business community, as well as explore options to support Oakville's long-term economic recovery. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resources for Business for an overview of information and resources currently available to the business community

Economic Action Plan

On March 26, 2020, Town Council passed an Economic Action Plan for Oakville. The Plan was developed by the Economic Task Force to help address immediate and longer term concerns voiced by the Oakville business community.

1. Property Tax Assistance

  • Tax installments due April 24: Penalty and interest for non-payment, and non-sufficient funds charges for returned payment will be waived until June 30, 2020.
  • Outstanding property taxes: Penalty and interest will be waived until June 30, 2020.
  • Pre-authorized payment plans: Property owners may opt-out without penalty from April 1 to June 30, 2020. Property owners must contact finance@oakville.ca by the 15th of the month to opt-out before payment is set to withdraw.

2. Parking Fees

  • Free parking in municipal lots and on-street parking in commercial districts.
  • Fees for monthly parking permit holders will be suspended for April 2020 and further suspensions will be assessed on a monthly basis.
  • Enforcement to continue for safety and accessibility.

3. Digital Main Street Program

The Digital Main Street Squad is a resource for small businesses to help build or enhance an online presence, promote products/services and sell online. This service is free for Oakville BIA members. For information, please contact rachel.waller@oakville.ca.

To access free online tools and webinars for small business in Ontario, visit Digital Main Street Events.

4. Planning Applications

  • Development applications received by March 18, 2020 are currently being processed.
  • Time sensitive inquires will be handled by Planning staff.
  • Staff are exploring how new applications can be accepted and processed.

5. Building Permits and Inspections

  • Building permit applications received by March 18, 2020 are currently being processed.
  • Staff are reviewing implementation of a modified level of building inspections.
  • Development charge indexing effective April 1, 2020 will not apply to Part 9 residential building permits deemed complete by March 17th and Part 3 residential/ICI building permits deemed complete by March 3rd.
  • Staff are exploring how new applications can be accepted and processed.

6. Signage in Commercial Districts

Additional A-frame signage on Town boulevards in the commercial districts will be allowed without a permit or fee for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

7. Business License Renewal

Existing business licenses that require renewal will be extended during the COVID-19 crisis.

8. Noise by-law

New Provincial legislation in response to COVID-19 restricts municipalities from regulating noise made in connection with the delivery of goods.

9. Information Resources

Economic Development staff will continue respond to inquires and provide up-to-date information and resources to the business community. Staff are available via phone or email to provide information and support.

10. Economic Task Force

The Oakville Economic Task Force will continue to collaborate and seek feedback from the business community in order to provide on-going support.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

The following list provides an overview of information and resources currently available to the business community. The list will be updated as new details and programs are released.

Contact Economic Development staff for assistance nagivating resources for business.

Last updated: April 8, 2020

  • National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Programs: Explore NRC programs, partnership opportunities, and industry challenges to find collaborative solutions to the COVID-19 outbreak

    • Made in Canada filtration material for the manufacture of N95 respirators and surgical masks - closes April 13, 2020 at 2 pm: Propose a Solution.

    • Low-cost sensor system for COVID-19 patient monitoring - closes April 20, 2020 at 2 pm: Propose a Solution.

    • Point of Care and Home Diagnostic Kit for COVID-19 - closes April 20, 2020 at 2 pm: Propose a Solution.

  • Call to Action: Canadian manufacturers needed - If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed: Call to Action.

  • Supplier Opportunity: Help Canada Combat COVID-19 - the Government of Canada is seeking businesses to supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19. For more information, visit Help Canada Combat COVID-19.

  • Ontario Together: Province seeks emergency products and solutions - the Government of Ontario is seeking help from businesses who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the response to COVID-19. The province has created a $50-million Ontario Together Fund to help companies respond. To get involved, visit Ontario Together

  • NGen: Next Generation Manufacturing Canada: NGen will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics. Project Application Guide

  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Collaboration Platform: OCE is identifying the innovative technologies, SMEs and experts from across the province to help fill the current product and service gaps related to COVID-19. Connect with OCE if you have a piece of the puzzle (asset, technology, or product) to collaborate: OCE Collaboration Platform.

Government of Canada

  • Canada's Economic Response Plan: Government of Canada announces $82-billion in new economic measures to support Canadian workers and business.  
  • Canada Business App: navigate government services, get recommendations, set up notifications, and find support to address questions about COVID-19.

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

For a complete list of Government of Canada incentives for business, visit Support for Business.

Province of Ontario

Ontario's Action Plan includes $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets: 

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Oakville Hydro

Customer Support Measures to address economic uncertainty during the pandemic, including off-peak, time-of-use rates for small business 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mortgage Payment Deferral

Six-month payment deferrals for personal and small business mortgage payments, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Facebook Small Business Grants

Facebook Small Business Grants Program will offer $100-million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.

Canada Performs

Fund to pay professional artists for online performanes. Apply to the Fund.

Employment and Social Development Canada

Service Canada - Oakville Representatives:

Oakville’s Digital Main Street Squad

The Digital Main Street Squad is a resource for small businesses to help build or enhance an online presence, promote products/services and sell online. This service is free for Oakville BIA members. For information, please contact rachel.waller@oakville.ca.

To access free online tools and webinars for small business in Ontario, visit Digital Main Street Events.

Halton Region Small Business Centre

Halton's Small Business Centre will deliver services remotely, providing access to resources, tools, templates, and seminar registration. 

Information Resources

Canadian Business Resilience Network

The Canadian Business Resilience Network is created by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Government of Canada to provide businesses with the tools they need to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Access the Network

Oakville's Economic Task Force

We want to hear from you! Share feedback with staff on current business supports, programs, and issues facing the business community to help us better prepare for Oakville's long term economic recovery.

Canadian Survey on Business Conditions

Developed by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions will inform solutions to foster business survival and continuity. Take the survey

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