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ORHMA Launches DineSafe Platform - A Guide For Re-Opening 

Our new DineSafe.ca platform is a catalogue of best practices to help guide your safe and successful re-opening. Developed by the industry for the industry because we are in this together!  To understand how to best navigate this unprecedented time and support restaurant and foodservice operators, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) has been working closely with industry leaders, government agencies, technology experts, legal advisors, and key supply partners. Together, we have developed best practices to help guide your safe and successful reopening.

Focusing on processes that protect staff and guests and exceed health and safety expectations, this guide aims to provide the roadmap to restaurant recovery. By following these recommendations, we can each design safe, welcoming spaces that inspire public trust, so our industry as a whole can not only survive but thrive. 
More specifically, this practical guide to reopening is organized in the flow of a typical guest experience, and it outlines required and desired health and safety deliverables, as well as elements you should uniquely consider for your particular operations



COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATES

Hospitality Industry Resources In Response to COVID-19

Our new DineSafe.ca platform is a catalogue of best practices to help guide your safe and successful reopening. Developed by the industry for the industry because we are in this together!



Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) 


On April 24, 2020, the Government of Canada, along with its provincial and territorial partners, announced additional details on the much-anticipated Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. This program, which will also apply in Ontario, will be structured as a forgivable loan for qualifying commercial landlords and is intended to create a mechanism whereby 50% of commercial rent that would otherwise be owed by eligible tenants will be paid through CECRA. Read all relief options here. 


Liquor Sales For Delivery & Take-Out                    

·     Licensed restaurants and bars in Ontario may sell alcohol with food take-out and delivery orders between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 pm. All active liquor licensees may immediately begin offering this service if they choose and there is no application process or fee required. Liquor may be sold for take-out or delivery through a third party, such as a food delivery service or ordering platform, provided they are acting on behalf of the licensee. Read all relief options here. 



New Access to Credit through Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program 

Government of Canada has introduced the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty.  

BCAP will support access to financing for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions. Through this program, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will provide $65 billion in direct lending and other types of financial support. 

For additional information on any of the BCAP programs or to apply, Businesses should contact their primary lender, where they have a pre-existing relationship. Businesses that are impacted can contact them by phone or email to find out about their application process. 
Read all relief options here. 


Canada Emergency Business Account

  • Banks will offer $40,000 loans, guaranteed by the government, to qualifying small businesses and loans will be interest-free for the first year. Qualifying businesses must have payrolls of greater than $20,000 and less than $1.5 million.
  • If certain conditions are met, a 25% loan forgiveness will be available (up to $10,000).
  • Loans will be available through eligible financial institutions and will be fully guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada 
Read all relief options here. 



Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – up to 75% of wages

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Finance announced the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy delivering a 12-week wage subsidy of up to 75% of wages paid starting March 15, 2020. CEWS is available to eligible employers experiencing revenue declines of 30% or more.  Read all relief options here. 

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