Province of Ontario COVID 19 Response

COHV UPDATES:LINKS & INFORMATION
COVID-19 FEDERAL RESOURCES:COVID-19 CANADA
COVID 19 PROVINCIAL RESOURCES: COVID-19 ONTARIO
STAY AT HOME ORDER: MAXIMUM GATHERING 5 PEOPLE
BUSINESS RESOURCES: COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT
STAFF RESOURCES: COVID-19 EMPLOYEE SUPPORT
DEALERSHIP SALES: OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
DEALERSHIP SERVICE: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
ON ROAD RIDING: ESSENTIAL ONLY RECOMMENDED
OFF ROAD RIDING: SELECTED TRAIL OPENINGS ATV & ORM
COMPETITION FACIITIES:CLOSED
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:ONTARIO RETAILER

MAY 12TH, 2020

OFATV & OFTR REPORT SOME TRAIL AREAS OPENING THIS WEEK

OFATV Club Trail Status Report & MAP
ATVCEO- OPEN May 16
Baxter Severn- OPEN
Central Ontario ATV- OPEN May 13
Dufferin Grey ATV- CLOSED
Essex County ATV- CLOSED
Great Lakes ATV-CLOSED
Johnstown ATV- OPEN May 16
Nation Valley ATV-OPEN May 16
Norfolk County ATV -CLOSED
Northumberland ATV- OPEN
Renfrew County ATV- OPEN
Verona District ATV-OPEN
Mid-Ontario ATV- CLOSED
Ottawa Valley ATV club-  OPEN
Coe Hill ATV Club- OPEN
Rideau Lakes ATV club-CLOSED
Thousand Islands ATV Club- CLOSED
Voyageur Multi Use Trails- CLOSED
West Grey ATV club- CLOSED

INDEPENDANT CLUBS
KATVA KAWARTHA TRAILS– Open May 16th
HALIBURTON ATV CLUB – Open May 12th

OFTR REPORT
SIMCOE COUNTY TRAILS – Opens May 13th
LIMERICK FOREST – Opens May 16th
GANARASKA FOREST – CLOSED

Please Note:
– No groups larger than 5 riders
– Social distancing of 3 meters (one bike length) must be adhered to at all times
– Ride within your limits
– Be cautious parking/loading/unloading to adhere to provincial guidelines

MAY 1, 2020

Reopening Ontario after COVID-19

Learn how we’re planning to reopen businesses, services and public spaces.Read our framework for reopening the province

Ontario, Apr 27

Please see the latest plan from the Ontario Government below and note that the 13 pages of the document can be accessed by the arrows in the bottom left hand corner.

Ontario-Plan-Apr-27-PDF

Ontario: COVID-19 relief measures for businesses in Ontario

In Ontario, vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services are considered essential services.

Vehicle parts and supplies must be provided to the customer only through an alternative method of sale such as curb side pick-up or delivery.

Vehicles, including motorcycles can be sold by dealerships but showrooms are not allowed to be open to the public.  Purchased vehicles can only be delivered to the client or be available for curb side pick up.

Dealerships can call 1-888-444-3659 for more detailed information on how they can sell a motorcycle or OHV.

Support for businesses

In its Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario government announced the following measures to support small businesses:

  • Provincial tax deferrals on the Employer Health Tax (EHT), Tobacco Tax, Fuel Tax, Beer Tax and Mining Tax and other provincially administered taxes until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • WSIB premium deferrals until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty
  • Business Education Property Tax deferrals for one payment quarter (90 days after June)
  • Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption threshold increased to $1 million for the next year
  • Property tax reassessments being conducted this year for the 2021 tax year have been postponed
  • Provincial Land Tax Payments are deferred from their next due date for 90 days without interest or penalty

Please check the government website for a full list of measures in the Spring Update.  https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/index.html?_ga=2.73925910.526271280.1584974991-1133991564.1557715661

The Ontario government also announced an end to Time-of-Use electricity pricing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Effective immediately, electricity will be priced at “low-peak” – 10.1 cents/kwh – at all hours of the day for the next 45 days.

Support for employees

If you need to lay off employees temporarily, there is no requirement to give or pay notice since the employee is not being terminated.

In Ontario, employers have the option to temporarily lay off employees for up to 13 weeks. After 13 weeks, the lay off becomes permanent and severance pay rules will apply.

Ontario has extended job-protection for employees unable to work because:

  • The employee is under medical investigation, supervision or treatment for COVID-19.
  • The employee is acting in accordance with an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
  • The employee is in isolation or quarantine.
  • The employee is acting in accordance with public health information or direction.
  • The employer directs the employee not to work.
  • The employee needs to provide care to a person for a reason related to COVID-19 such as a school or day-care closure.

The protections are retroactive to January 25, 2020.

Ontario employers are also restricted from asking for doctor’s notes for COVID-19 related leaves, including quarantine, self-isolation or childcare responsibilities due to COVID-19 related school and daycare closures.

Workers’ Compensation

As part of its Spring Fiscal Update, the Ontario government deferred WSIB premium payments until August 31, 2020 with no interest or penalty.

How you can help the province

The Government of Ontario announced a new website to help businesses work with the province to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Any business that could produce – or reconfigure to produce – essential equipment, from ventilators and masks to swabs and eye-protection, is encouraged to visit the Ontario Together webpage. https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus

Other information:

Retailers not considered essential are still permitted to sell to customers via e-commerce (phrased by the government as “either online, by telephone, or by mail/delivery”).

Physical distance restrictions: Public gatherings of over 5 people are prohibited.

There will be deferrals in place on all 10 of the provincial business taxes, including the Employer Health Tax, the provincial portion of property tax, as well as on all WSIB payments.

The current package includes the following:

All 10 Provincial Business Taxes will be deferred until at least Aug 31st, interest & penalty free including the Employer Health Tax, all fuel taxes, beer and wine taxes.

For the Employer Health Tax, the minimum payroll amount of $490,000 will be increased to $1,000,000 for 2020. That means businesses with payrolls less than a million will not have to pay any EHT. For eligible private-sector employers with payrolls up to $5 million, the first $1 million of total Ontario remuneration is exempt, increasing the exemption to $19,500 for 2020.

All WSIB premium payments will be deferred for 6 months. In the interim, the Province will cover all employee claims.

The Provincial portion of Property Tax will be deferred for 90 days (Education payments).

Ontario is postponing property tax reassessment for 1 year. Assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the same valuation date that was in effect for the 2020 taxation year.

https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/relief-measures.html

Hydro One

Created a Pandemic Relief Fund for customers; will provide financial assistance and/or payment flexibility. Refunding security deposits to over 4,000 eligible commercial businesses customers.