COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Updates

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COVID-19 is a respiratory virus with pneumonia-like symptoms. There are confirmed cases in Canada, including multiple cases in Ontario. The Town of Bracebridge is working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and other community partners to monitor the global situation and respond accordingly.

For the most up-to-date health information for citizens, visit the Town of Bracebridge website.

The Town is focused on gathering and providing information about COVID-19 to support our business community. This outbreak is an urgent challenge to public health in our community and communities across Canada. We are committed to supporting our local businesses with information and resources to help keep Canadians safe.

We are working to provide, gather and understand the economic impact of COVID-19. The Town is urging all businesses to fill out the survey issued by the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce entitled, “Impact of COVID-19 on your Business”.



COVID-19 is a respiratory virus with pneumonia-like symptoms. There are confirmed cases in Canada, including multiple cases in Ontario. The Town of Bracebridge is working closely with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and other community partners to monitor the global situation and respond accordingly.

For the most up-to-date health information for citizens, visit the Town of Bracebridge website.

The Town is focused on gathering and providing information about COVID-19 to support our business community. This outbreak is an urgent challenge to public health in our community and communities across Canada. We are committed to supporting our local businesses with information and resources to help keep Canadians safe.

We are working to provide, gather and understand the economic impact of COVID-19. The Town is urging all businesses to fill out the survey issued by the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce entitled, “Impact of COVID-19 on your Business”.



  • Applications Now Open for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant

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    15 Jan 2021

    Province Providing up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses Impacted by Provincewide Shutdown

    The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Province-wide Shutdown. The tightened restrictions were put in place to help stop the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in Ontario.

    "As Ontario's employers do their part to defeat COVID-19, they are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of this global pandemic," said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. "I encourage every eligible small business owner in Ontario to visit Ontario.ca/COVIDSupport to access the support our government has made available. While we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we can all look confidently to the future as we resolve to do our parts and put COVID-19 behind us."

    Small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant and use this funding in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business needs. For example, some businesses could need support paying employee wages, while others could need support with their rent.

    Eligible small businesses include those that:

    • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26.
    • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.
    • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

    "Small businesses are the heart of Ontario's economy," said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will help thousands of small businesses get through this difficult time, while strengthening our province's economic recovery."

    "As the son of two small business owners, I understand what small businesses mean to the families, employees, and local communities they support," said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. "Our hardworking businesses can be encouraged that the government's new Ontario Small Business Support Grant offers yet another helping hand that will give them the boost they need to meet the challenges of today and prepare for a brighter tomorrow."

    Businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown are also eligible for additional supports, including the government's program to provide rebates to offset fixed costs such as property tax and energy bills. These rebates will continue to be available for businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown and earlier restrictions.

    More information about the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and other rebates is available on Ontario.ca/COVIDsupport.