Milton Economic Development remains committed to supporting local businesses, the community and our partners through this challenging time. 

Ontario is gradually re-opening businesses, services and public spaces on a regional basis as progress is made in the fight against COVID-19.

On Sept. 8, 2020, as a result of COVID activity, Ontario has paused any further reopening of businesses, facilities or organizations.

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Halton Region Mandatory Mask Temporary By-law

Effective July 22, 2020, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory for persons over the age of five in certain enclosed indoor public places in Halton region. 

As a business owner, you have new responsibilities under this by-law. 

This by-law requires all owners/operators of establishments open to the public to do the following:

  1. Develop a policy to ensure members of the public wear a mask or face covering upon entry, and while remaining within all enclosed spaces of your establishment;
  2. Upon request, provide a copy of your policy for inspection by any person authorized to enforce this bylaw;
  3. Post signage, visible at all entrances of the Establishment, reminding people to wear a mask or face covering;
  4. Train all persons working at the Establishment on the requirements of the policy and this bylaw; and
  5. Encourage kindness and compassion in your establishment’s approach to fellow community members who may not be wearing a mask.

Signage downloads:

Temporary By-law No 47-20

FAQs for Businesses

2020 Temporary Patio Program Extended

As a measure to support local economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Milton has extended the temporary patio program for eligible restaurants. 

Learn more about the Extended Temporary Patio Program

Economic Recovery Task Force

The Town of Milton launched the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force in May, focused on addressing local economic recovery. The task force’s efforts include:

  • Advocate on behalf of Milton’s business community for support at all levels of government, including targeted relief measures and stimulus funding for the hardest hit sectors
  • Provide expertise and recommendations on the development of longer-term goals and tactics to help guide Milton’s local economic recovery efforts
  • Maintain sight lines to the Province’s three-phased plan for re-opening Ontario’s economy in order to ensure Milton’s local response is aligned with other levels of government

Task Force Meeting update May 26, 2020

Task Force Meeting update Oct. 2, 2020

Key Information Tools and Business Supports

Milton Chamber of Commerce 

The Milton Chamber of Commerce has compiled several resources for business owners including:

  • What you need to know to re-open
  • Business support for COVID-19
  • Toolkits and templates
  • Webinars
  • Listing of businesses operating through COVID-19

Downtown Milton

A listing of Milton’s downtown businesses operating through COVID-19

Ontario Government

Ontario has developed an overall action plan to respond to COVID-19. Tools available on its website include:

  • Request a temporary rule or regulation change
  • Financial relief programs
  • Tax relief programs
  • Ontario Together program – sell medical supplies, find PPE, or volunteer
  • Guidance for employers – sector specific health and safety guidelines and employment standards

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada developed their Economic Response Plan that includes support for several areas. For business:

  • Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy and Benefit
  • Tax and tariff relief
  • Financial Support – several programs including the Canadian Emergency Business Account, Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
  • Relief measures for Indigenous businesses
  • Financial stability programs
  • Help Canada Combat Coronavirus - submission form – for businesses able to supply products or services