COVID-19 is significantly impacting your business.

The Durham Economic Task Force is here to help you navigate this crisis.

Durham Community Reopening Toolkit

Information compiled by Durham Region Health intended to provide guidance to businesses, including special instructions issued by the Durham Region Medical Officer of Health.

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Digital Services

There are numerous free programs and services that can assist your business with digital transformation, including websites, e-commerce, social media, and process improvements.

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Contact Us

The Durham Economic Task Force is here to support your business. If you have questions about programs, need assistance navigating the COVID-19 crisis, or require support, please contact us for help. 

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Local PPE

As Durham Region businesses work to maintain safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a need for personal protective equipment as required by Provincial guidelines for various sectors.

Local PPE Directory 

Local E-Commerce

As Durham Region businesses work to expand business access, there is a growing need for e-commerce and marketing services. Explore our directory of businesses in Durham Region that offer these services.

Local e-commerce directory

Local Food

An information resource to residents of Durham Region about where local food can be accessed, and to support our local agri-business community through promotion of their goods.

Local food directory

Downtowns of Durham

Support main street businesses now to help preserve our vibrant communities. Explore the fourteen downtown areas of Durham Region.

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Business Recovery Webinars

Featured Upcoming Webinars:

Mar 2: Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative -Maximizing Your Online Advertising & Digital Marketing Budget: Webinar

Mar 2: Whitby Chamber of Commerce - Connect Women: Training for Tomorrow

Mar 3: Digital Main Street - How to Relaunch Your Business

Mar 4: Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative - Social Media Content: Strategy and Planning (Online Webinar)

Mar 4: Oshawa Chamber of Commerce - Disproportionate Effects of COVID-19 & Beyond

Mar 4: Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development - Top Government Funding Programs for 2021

Mar 8 -12: Canadian Women in Cybersecurity event

Mar 9: Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative - Writing Killer Web Content: Online Webinar

Mar 10: Digital Main Street - E-commerce Marketing and Advertising Strategies

Mar 11: Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade - Learn Powerful Strategies to Prevent Leadership Burnout

Mar 11: Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative - Google Analytics for Small Business: Online Webinar

Mar 16: Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative - Facebook and Instagram Advertising on a Small Budget: Online Webinar

Mar 17: Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development - Breakfast with Regional Chair, John Henry

For all scheduled webinars, visit the Invest Durham Calendar

For a list of webinars on-demand, visit Business Support

Recent Updates

Durham Region 

Feb 12: Ontario moves Durham Region back into Red-Control Category
Dec 14:
Durham Region declares Dec 14-20 Shop in Durham Week
Nov 11:
Durham Region announces Shop Durham Region Online Marketplace
Oct 1:
Durham Region introduces free online ordering service
Aug 26:
Free digital services are now available for Durham businesses through Digital Main Street

> See all Durham Region updates


Jan 15: Applications Now Open for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant
Jan 12:
Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives
Jan 4:
Ontario Supporting Home-Based Food Businesses During COVID-19
Dec 21:
Ontario Announces new Small Business Support Grant - to Provide up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses
Dec 21:
Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19
Oct 13: Ontario Continues to Support Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic

> See all Provincial updates


Nov 5: Details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension
Nov 3:
Minister Ng announces new measures to help Canadian small businesses access global markets amid COVID-19
Sept 9:
Prime Minister announces support for Black entrepreneurs and business owners
May 25:
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications
May 19:
Prime Minister announces expansion of support for workers and small businesses
May 11:
Prime Minister announces additional support for businesses to help save jobs
May 5:
Prime Minister announces support for farmers, food businesses and food supply

>See all Federal updates

The Durham Region Economic Task Force

Durham Region economic organizations are working together to help businesses.

The Durham Economic Task Force (DETF) is made up of Durham Region’s Economic Development and Tourism team; all 8 Durham Region-area municipal economic development teams, Business Advisory Centre of Durham (BACD); and all of Durham’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade.

The members have also been engaging with other key stakeholders, such as local Business Improvement Associations.

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The Durham Economic Task Force’s immediate priorities are to:

  1. Advocate for the urgent needs of our business community to the Provincial and Federal Governments.
  2. Provide resources and information about business supports available from various levels of government.
  3. Work with other levels of government and stakeholders to develop and implement support programming for business owners, affected employees, and their families, who are experiencing financial impacts as a result of COVID-19.
  4. Provide direct support to help guide businesses through the process of accessing emergency financial assistance and programming from all levels of government.
  5. Promote Durham Region's small and local businesses.