The Ontario government launched the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website in late April 2020 to help businesses overcome the unique challenges created by the pandemic. The website allows the provincial government to listen to and support businesses as they adapt to this new environment.

The website facilitates communication between businesses and the Ontario government by allowing visitors to submit a request to a temporary rule change to help your business respond to COVID-19. Some examples of this are:

  • Assisting the health care system meet the needs of the emergency.
  • Assist businesses in retooling or producing essential or health-related product and supplies.
  • Making it easier for businesses to operate remotely or in a non-traditional fashion and are facing unexpected challenges.

Some regulation changes that have already been implemented include: extending registrations, licenses and certificate renewals, allowing permitted restaurants to include alcohol as a part of a takeout or delivery order, provide electricity rate relief to residential, farm, and small business customers, and permitting pharmacists to renew and adapt prescriptions for controlled drugs and substances.

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To visit the COVID-19 Tackling the Barriers Website, click here.