COVID-19 Coronavirus Business Digest for Cornwall

In a effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, a number of initiatives have taken place that directly affect businesses and employers in Cornwall. We will update this page on a daily basis with information as it becomes available. Please note that a group of links to other online info sources is at the bottom of the page. For general info on local community efforts, please visit the City website.

Downloadable Guide to Government Supports: Guide to Government Supports (updated March 31)

April 1 Update

March 31 Update

March 30 Update

March 29 Update

March 28 Update

March 27 Update

March 26 Update

March 25 Update

March 24 Update

  • Olymel is enacting measures to support the efforts of its employees and continue to supply food to Canadians. Link to more info.
  • Ontario is providing electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms. Link to more info.
  • Ontario is taking further steps to ensure that health sector workers, including those that work in the long-term care sector, are available, where and when they are needed. Link to more info.

March 23 Update

  • The Community Futures Development Corporation is launching an Emergency Loan Program to assist local businesses dealing with impacts from efforts to fight COVID-19. Link to more info.
  • Premier Doug Ford has announced that all non-essential businesses must close on Tuesday March 24 by 11:59pm. Link to more info.
  • More support has been announced for farmers and agri-food businesses. Link to more info.
  • The Province has launched a new website that will help businesses and their employees work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Link to more info.

March 22 Update

  • The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has ordered a number of local businesses to close, most notably daycare and childcare facilities, gyms and sport facilities, places of worship and personal services companies.

March 20 Update

  • City of Cornwall property tax payments that would be otherwise due on March 31, 2020 and April 30, 2020 have been deferred to May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020, respectively… Link to more info.
  • Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19. Link to more info.
  • NRC COVID-19 Challenge. Link to more info.
  • Walmart is ramping up efforts to meet the needs of Canadians….Link to more info.

March 19 Update

The land border between Canada and the U.S. will to all non-essential travel at midnight Friday in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Commercial trade and supply chain activities will not be affected.

March 18 Update

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $82 billion in economic measures to help help Canadians affected by the impacts of this challenging period. Link to more info.
  • BDC announces additional measures to provide relief to business owners, Link to more info.

March 17 Update

  • Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency for the Province of Ontario. This announcement included a list of certain establishments that must close immediately (including all bars and restaurants with the exception of those that provide takeout or delivery). Link to more info.
  • Municipal offices and recreation facilities are closed to the public, including those of Cornwall Economic Development, Cornwall Tourism and the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. While our office will be closed to the public, staff continue to work and are accessible via phone and email. Essential municipal services will continue to be delivered, including water purification, wastewater treatment, emergency services, and Cornwall Transit. Waste collection will continue. More information is available from the City website at:
  • Intake for the Rural Innovation Initiative has been extended until April 17.
  • Facebook has announced a future grant program to assist companies affected by COVID-19.
  • Canada’s six largest banks have announced plans to provide support to personal and small business banking customers. Assistance could include up to a six month deferral on mortgage payments.
  • The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) has launched a new survey seeking feedback from tourism businesses on the economic impact of Covid-19. The feedback will be used in discussions with Ontario Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod to help shape an economic recovery package.
  • The City of Cornwall has opened a helpline for residents with concerns and requests for support. The phone number is 613-933-6282 ext. 3129, and will be manned Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by bilingual staff. If the line is busy, residents may leave a voicemail, which will be returned. For health concerns, residents should continue to call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit: 1-800-267-7120.



Many local small businesses have been forced to close temporarily to assist public safety efforts. Some residents may not be able to move freely due to self-isolation or other reasons. Now is an excellent time to consider how you might be able to support local businesses and residents. Options include purchasing goods and services online, and/or gift certificates.


Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact. There are actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Practice social distancing: stay at least two (2) meters from other people
  • Avoid gathering with friends and even family
  • Stay home as much as possible

Please note that the above information has been taken from a variety of sources and is subject to change without notice.