A message from The Markham Board of Trade and suggestions to our members regarding the COVID-19  

With growing global concerns around COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), I wanted to provide you with an update on our actions to date and our commitment to you moving forward.

The health, safety and well-being of our employees, members and the business community is the Markham Board of Trade’s top priority and we are following the lead of the Canadian public and York Region health authorities. We encourage you to stay up-to-date through their websites.

We have taken a number of steps to minimize the potential for COVID-19 transmission. Meetings and use of our board rooms at the IBM Innovation space will be remain closed until further notice. We will continue to process documents for certifications on a limited basis unless the IBM building is closed to the public. MBT staff will be working remotely and keeping up with emails and telephone messages. Please feel free to keep in touch if there is anything we can do to assist you with challenges you are facing during this difficult time.

We are working closely with our regional chamber network along with our provincial and federal associations to seek solutions that will assist businesses affected by this pandemic.  

Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as they happen.

Wishing you all good health,

Richard Cunningham

President & CEO, Markham Board of Trade


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UPDATE: March 27, 2020

Details on the financing support being offered to entrepreneurs by BDC can be accessed as follows:

• Businesses seeking support through Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) should first contact their financial institutions for an assessment of their situation. Financial institutions will refer to EDC and BDC their existing clients whose needs extend beyond what is available through the private sector alone.

• Existing BDC clients should reach out to their account manager for additional information.

• For a complete list of measures available for businesses, please visit Resources for Canadian Businesses: COVID 19 for the latest updates on relief measures for business or our website at


UPDATE: March 30, 2020 – City of Markham announces relief for local businesses

•  No Late Payment Charges on Unpaid Tax Balances from April 1 to December 31 – Next Business Tax Instalment Dates: October 5 & November 5 Taxpayers encouraged to continue making payments on due dates

•  Deferral of the 2020 Water Rate Increase of 7.8%

•  Elimination of the Stormwater Rate for industrial/commercial properties for 2020 – Example: Commercial property valued at $2M will save $560

•  Suspension of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) for 2020

For more information, please visit the City of Markham website at


UPDATE: March 30, 2020

A message from Alectra’s President and CEO, Brian Bentz

Alectra-Markham Board of Trade Letter


UPDATE: April 21, 2020

A message from York University

Support for


UPDATE: April 23, 2020 – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy — Applications Open April 27

The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The CEWS prevents further job losses, encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has launched a calculator for businesses to determine what the subsidy will cover. The calculator is now available on the CRA website; businesses can begin to apply to the subsidy on Monday, April 27. In an effort to help businesses keep employees on the payroll, the subsidy will cover up to $847 per employee for up to 12 weeks — retroactive to March 15, 2020.


UPDATE: April 29, 2020 – Support for Businesses

Do you need help figuring out how to apply for support programs? Logan Kanapathi has launched a brand new portal that helps businesses and individuals access the support they need.  CLICK HERE to visit this portal!


UPDATE: May 1, 2020 – the Nanji Family Foundation

This week, the Nanji Family Foundation has stepped forward with a $100,000 gift match in support of Humber’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, allowing Humber River Hospital to respond without delay to rapidly changing needs in order to keep patients and their families safe.



UPDATE: May 28, 2020 – Vexos

VEXOS Inc., a Global Electronics Manufacturing services (EMS) provider, has signed an agreement with the Government of Canada to manufacture 10,000 Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM) units in the national mobilization to combat the COVID19 pandemic



UPDATE: June 25, 2020 – Markham’s Covid-19 Business Success Stories

Presented by the Markham Board of Trade, enjoy an informative and exciting discussion on how three Markham business were able to step up and provide support through their products and services in the fight against Covid-19. Hosted by Mayor Scarpitti.  Panel includes speakers from Vexos, ICON Digital and 4S Consulting Services!



UPDATE: July 14, 2020 – Sample Mask Policy by York Region

This Policy has been developed further to the instructions of the Region’s Medical Officer of Health issued on July 10, 2020 which requires businesses and organizations to develop a policy requiring anyone entering their premises to be wearing a Face Covering. A full copy of these instructions can be found at

Click Here for Policy Sample

Click Here for Signage


UPDATE: August 21, 2020

A message from Alectra’s President and CEO, Brian Bentz

Alectra-Markham Board of Trade Letter


UPDATE: August 28, 2020 – COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business: Applications Begin August 31

The Government of Ontario is making $8 million available to support small business and registered charities who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.

To apply for CEAP funding, customers should contact their energy provider. Electricity and natural gas utilities and unit sub-meter providers (USMPs) will begin accepting applications for CEAP-SB on August 31, 2020, delivering the program in accordance with rules laid out by the OEB. CEAP-SB funding is limited, with utilities and USMPs expected to process applications in the order in which they are received. Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and on-bill credit amounts, visit


UPDATE: October 14, 2020 – Canada Business App

New features to make it even easier to find government programs and services!

For more information, visit


UPDATE: October 19, 2020 – Modified Stage 2

Effective Monday, October 19, York Region returned to Modified Stage 2, to further reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have compiled resources to ensure our local businesses have the information they need.

Please see the relevant links below:


UPDATE: November 16, 2020 – Electricity Rebates 

The Government of Ontario is providing enhanced support to businesses affected by the modified Stage 2 restrictions in York Region.

Starting November 16th, businesses can apply for electricity rebates online.

Businesses eligible for support include restaurants, bars, bingo halls, conference centres, casinos, community centres and more!



UPDATE: December 14, 2020

A message from Alectra’s President and CEO, Brian Bentz

Alectra-Markham Board of Trade Letter


UPDATE: December 29, 2020 – COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program – Small Business (CEAP-SB)

The Government of Ontario is providing $8 million to support small business and registered charity customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

Learn more,


UPDATE: January 4, 2021 – Ontario Small Business Support Grant

In January 2021, applications will open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.



UPDATE: February 17, 2021 – Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program Applications Now Open

The Government of Canada announced a new program that helps hardest-hit businesses access additional financing, through interest-free loans. If you are a Canadian business that needs additional cash flow to cover operational costs, you may be eligible for the HASCAP Guarantee through your financial institution.

CLICK HERE for more information


UPDATE: March 31, 2021 – Covid-19 Vaccinations

Please visit and follow York Region social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates on vaccine eligibility.  Manufacturing workers are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination under Phase 2 Second Group, Essential Workers who Cannot Work From Home, Manufacturing Workers.