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Resources for DBA Members


COVID-19 Information and Resources for Businesses

The Province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency ordering all businesses, excluding those that have been deemed to be essential businesses, to close by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th.

The list of businesses ordered to close includes: bars, restaurants (excluding take-out and delivery), theatres, public schools (including day care facilities within schools), recreation centres, and private schools.

The Province has also prohibited organized public events over 50 people.

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

For more information visit Ontario Newsroom

Smiths Falls DBA will continually be compiling a list of relevant resources for your small business needs. Please let us know if you have any questions that we can help answer by emailing This list will be continually updated and adjusted, so please be sure to check back regularly. Our goal is to provide a list of resources, products, blogs and more that you can rely on during these times to help your business.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Support for individual

Support for Businesses

To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.  

The financial relief package allows businesses to defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020. Businesses who report and pay monthly, quarterly or annually based on their insurable earnings are eligible for this deferral.

Small Business Starter Kit – The DMS team wanted to put together a package of short snippet resource guides to provide you with topics and ideas you should consider

Where should you build your site?

Product Photography Guide – Our own DMS team member Lana Pribic curated a small business product photography guide that is full of practical information





How to Build a “Buy Online, Pickup Curbside” store on Shopify: Step-by-step

COVID19 Response Announcement – Including: 90 day free trials, Gift cards available on all plans, Local in-store/curbside pickup and delivery for POS, Community Forum/Live Webinars/Meetups for Support

Shopify Academy – Free Shopify training to help you build and grow a profitable business. Topics include starting your online store, promoting it via social media, photography, and more

Shopify Blog – Industry leading blog featuring articles on how-to-guides, practical advice, revenue strategies and more

  • ARTICLE – Short Term Revenue Strategies for Brick and Mortar Retailers navigating COVID19
  • ARTICLE – 12 Ways We Can All Support Small Businesses (Even While Social Distancing)






COVID-19: Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses

If your organization uses Google G Suite, you now have free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020

Think With Google Canada – Insights. Ideas. Inspiration. Take your marketing further with Google. Think with Google.

Grow With Google – Free training, tools, and events to help you grow your skills, career, or business.

Google Primer – Bite-sized lessons to better your business. Google Primer is a free mobile app that offers quick, easy-to-understand lessons to help business owners and individuals grow skills and reach their goals.

Google My Business – Businesses affected by COVID-19: Guidance on updating info and temporary closures

Curbside Pivot is the worlds first integrated curbside ordering and pickup system, built by owners, for owners. It re-imagines your dine-in experience as a take-home atmosphere providing an easy, seamless way for you to adapt with current times.




Hootsuite, the software that many of us use to manage our social media accounts, is giving free access to Hootsuite Professional plan tools to small businesses and non-profits until July 1st, 2020

Hootsuite Academy – Whether you’re looking to build your skills or take the next leap in your career, our courses and certifications will help you succeed with social media.

Algonquin College launches free virtual training to support the business community during COVID-19

Operation Support Local:

FREE advertisement on local Radio websites


Digital Tools to

Keep Business Communications Open







BDC Webinar



Further assistance and programs

(loans, continuity planning, exporting information and more)