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The City of Niagara Falls Business Development Department wants you to let everyone know if you're open for business. 

Support for people facing unemployment

The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit

We will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

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March 26, 2020

Dear Business Owner,

Have you completed the Niagara COVID-19 Business Impact Survey yet?

Niagara's Economic Rapid Response Team is working to assess the immediate challenges that our business community is facing and needs your input. Completing this survey will help in documenting the impacts and inform recovery planning and additional supports for Niagara's business community.

The survey closes Monday, March 30 at midnight.

While the preservation of public health remains a priority for all of us in response to the spread of COVID-19, the economic impacts are already being felt around the world and here in Niagara. The shock to the global economy has delivered extensive ramifications to industry and commerce here in Niagara, with social distancing efforts and mandated closures having a spectrum of impacts.
As Niagara prepares to address these new-found challenges data will be critical, not only in identifying the specific impacts of COVID-19 on business, but also in targeting assistance efforts as the economy begins to recover. We're looking to the business community to provide us with insight on the impacts to business so we can advocate on your behalf.

This survey is a collaborative effort of the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team, a collaborative Niagara effort to address the business impacts of COVID-19. Economic Development departments from the Niagara Region, City of St. Catharines, City of Niagara Falls, City of Welland, Town of Lincoln, Town of Fort Erie, and the City of Port Colborne are all working together to ensure Niagara is ready to get back to business.
For more information on the Economic Rapid Response Team and current information on resources for businesses, please visit the following:
Thank you,

Niagara’s Economic Rapid Response Team

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Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Serge Felicetti - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5102
Wendy Canavan - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5002
Angela Davidson - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5001

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