The Province of Ontario has strengthened enforcement of the province-wide
stay-at-home order and extended it by 2 weeks.


Enhanced public health measures and enforcement will continue until June 2, 2021.

In addition to Ontario being in a Province-wide Emergency Brake Shutdown, Ontario will prolong the current Stay-at-Home Order effective Saturday, April 17 which will extend 2 additional weeks until June 2, 2021.


Adjusted Public Health and workplace safety measures effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. include:

  • It is illegal to gather indoors OR outdoors with anyone you do not live with 

  • You should only go out for necessities

  • All outdoor recreational amenities will be closed, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions

Effective 12:01 a.m. Monday April 19, 2021:

  • Border checkpoints will be policed - you will need a valid, essential reason to cross provincial borders, including Manitoba/Ontario/Quebec borders 

  • Capacity at religious gatherings, weddings and funerals will be limited to 10 people

  • Closing all non-essential construction

  • Restrictions will be strongly policed with fines up to $750; police will have the authority to ask anyone outside their residence to indicate their purpose for leaving home and provide their address; including stopping vehicles 

In addition to the measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake, new measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Majority of non-essential retailers are to close and operate only for curbside pick-up and delivery via appointment between 7 AM – 8 PM. Delivery of goods can be between 6 PM – 9 PM.

  • The following “non essential” stores are permitted to operate for in-person retail by appointment only, up to 25% capacity and within the above hours of operation:

    • Safety supply stores;

    • Businesses that primarily sell, rent or repair assistive devices, aids or supplies, mobility devices, aids or supplies or medical devices, aids or supplies;

    • Rental and leasing services including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental;

    • Optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public;

    • Businesses that sell motor vehicles, boats and other watercraft;

    • Vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services; and

    • Retail stores operated by a telecommunications provider or service, which may only permit members of the public to enter the premises to purchase a cellphone or for repairs or technical support.

  • Discount and big box stores may operate at 25% capacity and are only permitted to sell grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only;

  • Outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses that engage in sales to the public, can operate with a 25% capacity limit and a restriction on hours of operation to between 7 AM – 8 PM.

  • All non-essential retail:  
    Services available: 

    • Curbside pick-up

    • Delivery

  • Restaurants:
    Services available:

    • Take-out

    • Drive-through

    • Curbside pick-up

    • Delivery services


      • Indoor/Outdoor dining

  • Personal Care Services/Gyms:


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Restaurant food inventory options:

​Restaurants with excess inventory due to the RED zone announcement can donate or recoup some of their inventory: OCOBIA Food Donations for Excess Inventory.

Small Business Tax Sub-class

John Kiru, ED TABIA presented a report and recommendations on Small Business Tax Sub-class to OBIAA attendees today. This had been sent to Toronto City finance. We have shared this with the City of Ottawa as an outside source to review See TABIA PDF here

Federal Wage and Rent Subsidy EXTENDED

  • The current rate structures for these subsidies will be extended from March 14 to June 5, 2021. Specifically:

  • the maximum wage subsidy rate for active employees would remain at 75 per cent;

  • the maximum rent subsidy rate would remain at 65 per cent; and

  • Lockdown Support would remain at 25 per cent and continue to be provided in addition to the rent subsidy, providing eligible hard hit businesses with rent support of up to 90 per cent.

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