COVID-19 Coronavirus Business Digest for Cornwall

In an 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 Information

Toolkit for Businesses

June 2021 News Update

  • Ontario to move to Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. Link to more.
  • New $500 million fund to revitalize shared public spaces. Link to more.
  • Cornwall receives Resiliency Infrastructure funding. Link to more.
  • Calculating store capacity under the Roadmap to Reopen. Link to more.
  • Ontario to move into Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen. Link to more.
  • City now accepting applications for patio extensions. Link to more.
  • Ontario maintains COVID restrictions. Link to more.

May News Update

April News Update

March News Update

February News Update

January News Update

December 2020 News Update

November 2020 News Update

October News Update

  • Ontario Launching COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. Link to more.
  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund receives more money. Link to more.
  • Webinar to explore Technology Innovation Program. Link to more.
  • Ontario urges people to support local restaurants. Link to more. 
  • Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program. Link to more.
  • New grant for help pay for PPW for small businesses. Link to more. 

September News Update

August News Update

July 17-31 News Update

July 16 News Update

July 10 Update

July 9 Update

July 8 Update

July 7 Update

July 6 Update

July 3 Update

July 2 Update

  • Ontario supports municipalities and indigenous communities. Link to more.

June 30 Update

June 27 Update

June 25 Update

June 24 Update

June 22 Update

  • Cornwall Civic Complex opens with limited access. Link to more.

June 17 News Update

June 16 Update

  • Ontario releases guide on how to develop a Workplace Safety Plan. Link to more.

June 15 Update

June 12 Update

June 11 Update

  • $57 million investment in programs to help local small businesses. Link to more.

June 10 Update

June 9 Update

  • Federal government launches supply hub for PPE. Link to more.
  • Province reopening child care with strict protocols. Link to more.

June 8 Update

June 6 Update

June 3 Update

June 2 Update

June 1 Update

May 29 Update

May 28 Update

  • Cornwall offers online Business Reopening Toolkit. Link to more.

May 27 Update

  • St. Lawrence College offers free online workshops in June. Link to more.
  • Ontario extends Emergency Orders to June 9. Link to more.

May 26 Update

  • Cornwall extends deadline for Small Business Emergency Support Loan program to May 29. Link to more.
  • Cornwall supports local business with free parking. Link to more.

May 25 Update

  • Incredible Edibles offering free plants this weekend. Link to more.

May 22 Update

May 21  Update

May 20 Update

  • Ontario reducing financial barriers for post-secondary students. Link to more.

May 19 Update

  • United Way Accepting Applications to Emergency Community Support Fund. Link to more.
  • Criteria expanded for Canada Emergency Business Account. Link to more.
  • Schools to remain closed for school year. Link to more.
  • Ontario extends Emergency Orders. Link to more.

May 15 Update

May 14 Update

May 13 Update

  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund accepting applications. Link to more.
  • New parking initiative to help Cornwall curbside pickup. Link to more.

May 12 Update

May 11 Update

May 8 Update

May 7 Update

May 6 Update

May 5 Update

  • Spring webinar series announced – free and open to all. Link to more.
  • Canada supporting farmers and food processors. Link to more.

May 4 Update

  • Ontario significantly increases daily lab testing. Link to more.

May 1 Update

  • Ontario to allow certain businesses to reopen May 4. Link to more.
  • Ontario provides support for industrial and commercial electricity users. Link to more.
  • Ontario launches new tool for truckers. Link to more.

April 30 Update

  • Ontario providing employers with workplace safety guidelines. Link to more.

April 29 Update

  • Cornwall launches Emergency Support Loan program for small business. Link to more.
  • EOHU issues three orders for essential businesses. Link to more.
  • More frontline workers eligible for emergency day care. Link to more.
  • Ontario launches new website to listen to local businesses. Link to more.

April 27 Update

April 24 Update

  • Ontario provides urgent relief for small businesses and landlords. Link to more.
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance announced. Link to more.

April 23 Update

April 22 Update

April 21 Update

April 20 Update

April 18 Update

April 17 Update

April 16 Update

April 15 Update

  • Ontario increases protection for long-term care residents. Link to more.
  • Virtual town hall to be held Thursday night for local business community. Link to more.
  • Canada has granted an exemption for temporary foreign workers. Link to more.
  • Seaway Express rolls out a message of hope. Link to more.
  • Webinar to be held on Business Credit Availability Program.  Link to more.

April 14 Update

April 13 Update

April 11 Update

April 9 Update

April 8 Update

  • Ontario extends construction hours for essential projects. Link to more.
  • Changes have been made to the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Link to more.
  • Canadian Business Resilience Network launched to help businesses. Link to more.
  • National Research Council launches challenge to manufacturers. Link to more.
  • Online platform to help companies collaborate to meet product gaps. Link to more.

April 7 Update

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April 4 Update

April 3 Update

April 2 Update

April 1 Update

March 31 Update

March 30 Update

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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.
  • COVID-19 Preparations Continue at Cornwall Community Hospital. Link to more info.

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.