COVID-19 Local Business Update | March 20

WSG is providing timely local information and updates on the business impacts surrounding COVID-19. Here are the headliners:


  • From midnight Friday March 20, the Canadian-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential travel. Trade and key supplies will continue to flow, as will people crossing for essential work.
  • Temporary foreign workers will be permitted to enter Canada, as will international students and workers on visas, but are requested to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival. This is great news for the various Agri--Business silos
  • The Government of Canada is appealing to businesses that can supply equipment, supplies, or services to help with their COVID-19 response, or which can re-tool to supply them. If your business falls into these categories, please contact celine.caira@canada.ca.
  • The Niagara Regional Business Licensing Office is closed to the public. Services are being provided Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by phone and email at 905-980-6000 ext. 6380 and licensing@niagararegion.ca.  
  • The City of St. Catharines has: 
    • Introduced a grace period on taxes and bills. Until June 30, businesses and residents will not be charged late fees or interest penalties on water and tax payments, and accounts receivable.  
    • Suspended parking payments for on-street and municipal lots.
  • The City of Niagara Falls will not charge interest or penalties on overdue tax bills, and will not be shutting off electricity or water. Details of the policy will be given shortly.
  • The Town of Lincoln will suspend late fees and penalties on property taxes, water payments, and accounts receivable until June 30. Water disconnections have been suspended. 
WSG is grateful for this information provided by the GNCC of which WSG is a member.

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