Dear Dames, These are unprecedented times in the wine, food and hospitality industries, and the world as a whole. I want you to know that during this difficult and stressful time that I am thinking of you and our chapter’s commitment to the mental and physical health of our members and families.
As much as we all love Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario and support its mission, we have to put our events on hold at this time. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be monitoring the state of affairs and deciding how to proceed.
Doris and I are currently working on a “In The Wine Cellar” bi-monthly call. It will be our virtual “Happy Hour” This will give us all an opportunity to stay related, share ideas and good things in our lives. Details will follow shortly. Les Dames d’Escoffier was initially established as a way for women to support other women. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or there is anything that either I or we as an organization can do to help you or your business.
With warm regards, Liz Palmer Dame Liz Palmer President Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario
Resources This is a very tough time for member businesses and employees. Our board members will be here to continue to identify information and resources.This list is just a starting point and will be update regularly. If you know of an initiative that should be included, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
https://www.restaurantscanada.org Restaurants Canada website has lots of great resources, including lobbying efforts for the Industry. They are closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 to ensure that our industry has all necessary information associated with this evolving public health situation.
https://www.agco.ca The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has released an information bulletin March 26th that effective immediately, licensed restaurants and bars in Ontario can sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Key requirements are noted on their website.
City of Toronto, Province of Ontario and Canadian Government Programs
Note: Many of these programs are awaiting approvals at different levels of government. We will be updating our website accordingly.
Grace Period for Municipal Utility Bills: (Water/Sewer Service and Solid Waste Management charges where applicable): The City is extending the due date for all utility bills issued to businesses by an additional 60 days in addition to the current 21 days to give utility customers an additional 60 days to make payment to take advantage of the early payment discount. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/economic-support-recovery/economic-support-recovery-for-businesses/ Status: Available Provided by: Municipal Government Beneficial to: Businesses, Property Owners
Employer obligations for workers infected with COVID-19: Currently under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, if an employer is advised that a worker is ill resulting from an exposure at work (including COVID-19), or a claim has been filed with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) with respect to COVID-19 exposure at work, the employer must notify the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development in writing within four days. The employer must also notify the workplace joint health and safety committee or a health and safety representative and trade union, if any. https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/employment-standards-amendment-act-infectious-disease-emergencies-2020.html Status: Available Provided by: Provincial, Municipal Government Beneficial to: Businesses
The Employment Standards Amendment Act 2020: Provides job-protected leave for employees who are in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures or to care for other relatives. Retroactive to January 25, 2020, and employees cannot be required to show sick notes. https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/employment-standards-amendment-act-infectious-disease-emergencies-2020.html Status: Available Retroactive to January 25, 2020 Provided by: Provincial Government Beneficial to: Workers
Temporary Business Wage Subsidy: A subsidy equal to 10% of employee remuneration paid for a period of 3 months up to a maximum subsidy of $1375 per employee and $25,000 per employer between March 18, 2020 and June 20, 2020. The subsidy is provided to businesses through employers reducing their payroll remittances of federal and provincial income tax by 10% of qualified employees’ salaries, not including CPP or EI. The Temporary Business Wage Subsidy can be utilized by corporations that are also eligible to receive the small business deduction when filing their corporate taxes, as well as non-profit organizations and charities. Note 1: Businesses that qualify for the small business deduction are Canadian-controlled private corporations with taxable capital employed in Canada of less than $15 million. Note 2: Businesses must manually calculate the subsidy based on the CRA guidelines – companies must keep records of all information used to determine the subsidy, including total remuneration and taxes that were deducted during that time, and the number of employees who were paid. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/frequently-asked-questions-wage-subsidy-small-businesses.html#h1 Status: Available immediately, supporting legislation to follow. Provided by: Federal Government via Canada Revenue Agency Beneficial to: Businesses
Employment Insurance Work Sharing Program: A program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer (such as COVID-19) provides a 10% percent wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing/guide-applicant.html#hb3 Status: Available Provided by: Federal Government via Employment Insurance Beneficial to: Businesses, Workers
Banking Solutions: The Bank of Canada has cut the interest rate to 0.75%, and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions announced the release of an additional $300 billion in lending capacity by the major banks with the expectation that they will support Canadian businesses and households. In turn, the big six Canadian banks: Bank of Montreal, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank and TD Bank have made a commitment to work with personal and small business banking customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions to help them manage through challenges such as pay disruption due to COVID-19; childcare disruption due to school closures; or those facing illness from COVID-19. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html Status: Available, Case by Case Provided by: Federal Government via the Bank of Canada, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Major Canadian Banks. Beneficial to: Businesses, Property Owners, Workers
Employment Insurance (EI) – Regular Benefits: Employees who lose their job through no fault of their own, and have been without work and pay for at least seven consecutive days, and have worked for the required number of insurable hours in the last 52 weeks since their last claim. Note: individuals should apply for EI as soon as soon as they lose their job, even if their Record of Employment (ROE) is not yet available. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html Status: Available immediately, Existing Program Provided by: Federal Government via Employment Insurance Beneficial to: Workers
EI Sickness Benefit: People who qualify for employment insurance and cannot work for medical reasons, including COVID-19, or whose regular weekly earnings have decreased by more than 40% for at least one week, and has accumulated 700 hours of work over the preceding 52 weeks since their last claim, can claim this benefit without the need of a medical certificate or record of employment under the new rules. The week waiting period has also been waved. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html Status: Available, Existing / Updated Provided by: Federal Government via Employment Insurance Beneficial to: Workers
Emergency Care Benefit: For workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for the EI sickness benefits, provides income support up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks. It also applies for non-EI-qualified workers who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, or parents of children who require supervision due to school closures. The government hopes to have applications open by early April and people will apply with their Canada Revenue Agency account, and on-line. There will also be a toll-free number when applications open. The emergency support benefit is specifically for those who do not qualify for employment insurance. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html Status: Early April Provided by: Federal Government via Employment Insurance Beneficial to: Workers
Digital Main Street one-on-one support for getting businesses online: Digital Main Street is a program provided by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Association of BIA’s to help businesses develop their online footprint. They have made their staff person Bashar Sqar available to support Waterfront BIA Businesses increase their online business presence through free one-on-one online consultations. WBIA members can book their free consultations with Bashar Sqar through the below link, or by email: email@example.com https://calendly.com/bashar-dms Status: Available Provided by: Municipal Government via the Toronto Association of BIA’s Beneficial to: Businesses