The Ontario provincial government is looking for areas where it can make changes to rules that will help businesses operate and survive during the COVID-19 crisis.
It created a new website to receive requests for temporary rule changes that:
- assist the health care system meet the needs of needs of the emergency
- assist businesses in retooling or producing essential or health-related products and supplies
- make it easier for businesses trying to operate remotely or in a non-traditional fashion and are facing unexpected challenges
The government has already extended deadlines and changed rules in many areas during the crisis, including to extend the need for pesticide applicators, including farmers, to recertify by this summer. They now have until the end of the year.
It has also allowed trucks to deliver to food retailers during later hours than before and allowed for electronic annual meetings for organizations that are required to do so, including many in the agriculture sector.