The provincial government has released a
- Grocery stores
- Restaurants (take-out only) and hotels
- LCBO and Beer Stores
- Taxis and other transportation providers
- Veterinary services
Read the full list of essential businesses here
The mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces in order to contain COVID-19 in Ontario will come into effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. and will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves.
Please help us, along with advocates assess the impact on our BIA community – Complete this quick survey!
Storefront Safety – scroll down for more Safety measures
We encourage you to put up extra signage within your windows communicating “There is no cash left
I need help getting my Business Online
Lorenzo from the City of Toronto’s Digital Mainstreet is now assigned to help Parkdale Businesses troubleshoot any online issues they are having or want to explore. This is FREE. If you have any questions about Digital Main Street or would like to chat further – please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Retail Check List
A Retail Check list has been created by the Retail Council of Canada.
Employment Insurance for Entrepreneurs Workshop
Workshop @ 2:00pm Wednesday March 25, 2020 – Register Here
The process to apply for Employment Insurance can be tedious especially if you have never done it before. The Government has announced that
- Parkdale People’s Economy has launched mutual aid networks in Parkdale to build strong connections with
neighboursduring the outbreak of COVID-19.
- Windermere United Church has started a
neighbourhoodsupport group for residents in Parkdale—High Park.
- FoodShare Toronto and Greenest City are teaming up to ensure that community members facing food insecurity have access to fresh food delivered to your door!
- UHN Open Lab has a living document with a list of
volunteer, donation and job postings for folks who want to support those impacted by COVID-19.
A list of known scams related to COVID-19, from Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
— Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or filters to protect from COVID-19 offering “special” air filters.
— Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect power for non-payment.
— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the World Health Organization (WHO) offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood
— Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription
— Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation.
— Government departments sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails tricking you into opening malicious attachments tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details
— Financial advisers pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downs.
— Door-to-door sales people selling household decontamination services.
— Private companies offering fake COVID-19 tests for sale.
Additional Storefront Safety Measures & Crime Prevention Tips
Please take a moment and assess the following at your place of business.
- Keep as little cash around as possible.
- Make bank deposits frequently, but, irregularly so as not to establish a discernible pattern.
- Securely anchor your safe in a highly visible, well-lit location.
- Empty your cash drawers and leave them open after hours. ( consider leaving the empty cash drawer near the front door, advertising that no money on hand )
- Keep the premises visible from the street; avoid blocking the interior view with high window displays and/or advertisements on windows.
- Make sure trees and shrubs around entranceways are trimmed.
- Don’t leave ladders or tools lying around that a burglar could use to help him
Doors and windows
- Use deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Those with glass should have double cylinder deadbolts.
- Make sure you check all doors and windows each day, before closing.
- Develop a system of key security. Make sure all keys issued are signed for and turned in when an employee leaves the company. You may even want to change locks and combinations.
- Do not label or identify keys with what they are used for. If necessary, use a coding system.
- If you have doors with outside hinges, use non-removable hinge pins. Install panel doors lined with metal to resist drilling.
- Doors and windows on the sides and rear of a building are often inviting to the burglar because they offer concealment.
- Steel reinforcing bars on doors and gratings or bars on windows offer good security. ( Check with Toronto Fire & bylaw regarding bylaws or codes that may restrict this practice)
- Every exterior opening offers a potential point of entry. Do not overlook security at places like fire escapes, skylights, roof openings, air ducts, doorway transoms, loading docks, sidewalk and basement openings.
- Before you leave, check all potential hiding places, like bathrooms, closets and storage areas. The last thing you want to do is to lock a burglar inside.
- Install a good alarm system and have it checked regularly.
- Make sure it is wired to go off at all potential points of entry, including doors, windows, roof openings, loading
Surveillance CCTV System
- Protect your business with a quality CCTV system
- Ensure that the storage drive is recording and accessible to police when required
- Post signs advising that the area is under video surveillance
- Place height markers at the main entrance so employees can use them to gauge the height of a robber as he/she leaves the business on video
- Install CCTV cameras that offer nighttime surveillance
- Install motion-sensor lights around the exterior of the building
- Attend your business periodically to assess if everything is in order
- Post notice on
frontdoor stating “No Cash or Goods on Hand
- Remove valuable items from the front of the store such as electronics, alcohol, IPAD, expensive hair care products, point of sale electronics
Officers will continue patrolling the division, but we need your assistance with a few simple preventative measures.
Crime Prevention offices will continue emailing our BIA associations various crime prevention material & posting information on our social media channels. Please follow our social media accounts and ensure that any new business locations that may not have our information do so. Please follow and retweet our information.
Twitter: @tps11div / Instagram: @tps11div
11 Division Email: [email protected]
14 Division Crime Prevention Officer: Constable Gordon Reid, 416-808-1427
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Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by Coronavirus
Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
List of Known COVID-19 Scams
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Pandemic Preparedness for Business
Destination Development Association
Dealing With the Coronavirus Slide Deck
Dover Rocks Box
Dover Rocks Box
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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada
Export Development Canada
EDC Stands Ready to Support Canadian Exporters Impacted by COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains
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Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Government of Canada
COVID-19 Update Page
Resources for Business
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Helping Canadians With the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Calling All Suppliers – Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
ROE Guidelines for Issuing EI
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Benefits and services
COVID-19 Main Street Resources
COVID19 CRISIS MAIN STREET CHECKLIST
Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Preparedness for Business
Ontario Ministry of Health
Stats and Self Assessment Tool
Safety Checklist for Businesses
Province of Ontario
Ontario Together: Help Fight Coronavirus
Restore Your Economy
Leadership in Times of Crisis
Retail Council of Canada
Planning Checklist for Retailers: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Tourism Industry Associaton of Ontario
Results from Round One Survey
World Health Organization COVID-19
Business and Employees
International Economic Development Council
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Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Small Business Support
Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade
Support for Businesses
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