Caring for You, Our Family of Churches, During the Pandemic

COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge for our family of churches. CBOQ is making every effort to keep you informed about how this evolving situation will impact your church. To that end, we will be posting updated resources for you as we develop them.
As you read through the resources below, if you don’t find what you need assistance with, please email Melody Currier with your question or concern. Be sure to include your church name and role at your church.

Resources for your Church during COVID-19

Ontario Moving to Stage 2 for Re-opening

On Wednesday, June 24, the Ontario government announced limited re-opening of the Windsor-Essex region.

On Monday, June 22, the Ontario government announced that the Toronto and Peel regions are able to begin stage 2 for re-opening.

On Tuesday, June 16, the Ontario government released a new general workplace guide to help workplaces develop a safety plan to protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province.

On Monday, June 15, the Ontario government announced that more regions are able to begin stage 2 for re-opening.

On Monday, June 8, the Ontario government announced a regional approach to moving on to stage 2 for re-opening the province. The announcement lists the 24 public health unit areas that are able to move on to stage 2 on Friday, June 12. We encourage you to contact your local public health unit for guidance specific to your area.

The document also indicates that effective Friday, June 12, all regions across Ontario may increase social and public gatherings from five to 10 as long as they continue to follow existing public health restrictions and may reopen their places of worship with a restriction to limit attendance to 30% of building capacity and practicing physical distancing. To reopen safely, churches need to review the workplace health and safety guidance document provided by the government and ensure that appropriate measures are in place. Churches must also meet all existing occupational health and safety requirements.

As your church responds to these new updates from the government, we encourage you to use the resource document, Starting the Next Phase, which we created to help prepare your church for the next phase.

You can access the full reopening plan for Ontario here: “A Framework for Re-Opening our Province” (ON) and for Quebec here: “Gradual resumption of activities under the COVID-19-related pause” (QC).

Resources for Charities and Not-for-Profits

The Carters May Charity and Not-for-Profit law update provides information on recent legal developments and risk management considerations that may be helpful to the operations and management of your church.

For additional Carters resources on COVID-19 for Charities and NFPs, click here.

Church Finances

Today you are leading through unprecedented times. During times of crisis, congregations need to be even wiser in stewarding their financial resources. To help you, we have created a guide of four conversations you can have with key people to help your church build its leadership capacity as you tackle new financial realities.

Being faithful to God and others during this COVID-19 crisis isn’t easy, is it? Navigating your financial challenges, difficult HR decisions and leadership opportunities is difficult, but we are people of hope. This crisis is an opportunity for your church to continue to build disciples of Jesus that are engaged in mission.

But how do you do this when your ways of gathering and worship have been disrupted? How do you lead through high emotion, high stakes critical conversations? And how do you lead with pressing new financial realities?

Need some ideas for ministry during the pandemic? Download 100+ Ideas for Pastors and Churches.

CBOQ Pastors are invited to join us via Zoom for an online prayer experience. We gather each Tuesday at 11 am for about a 25 minute prayer experience. The format will depend on the number of participants. Please join us on Zoom as follows:

Meeting ID: 274 732 250
Password: 483985

For assistance with your church’s next generation ministry, CBOQ recommends the following resources:

Youth Ministry
Children’s Ministry

If your church is considering running a day camp this summer, we encourage you to be in touch with your legal council and local public health unit as well as to read the guidance documents provided by the government to ensure you are in compliance with all necessary requirements and have the necessary procedures, policies and waivers in place. You can read the documents below:

Additional Children’s Ministry Resources

Parent Resources

To help your church stay up-to-date and get your creative juices flowing, CBOQ has launched a weekly update every Monday morning, as well as daily “Quarantips,” mini-videos to give you ideas for ministry in the days of COVID-19.

How can you access the Weekly Update and Quarantips?

If you need suggestions regarding tools to help your church get online, the following have free options that may help you plan video or phone conferencing opportunities.

Government Resources

The Public Guardian Trustee (Ontario) has developed temporary guidelines to allow charities that are in danger of closing to access the income and capital of restricted purpose trust funds when necessary to enable them to continue their day-to-day operations. You can read the full statement here.

The government has announced an extension of CEWS to August 29. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers retroactive from March 15, 2020 to August 29, 2020. You can read further details on this program here, including how to apply and eligibility criteria.

In addition, you may find this overview of CEWS for charities from Carters helpful.

On March 19, the Ontario legislature passed the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Diseases Emergencies), 2020 to provide job-protected leave for employees in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A page with a list of ways the Canadian government is supporting businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

As part of government actions taken in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Charities are encouraged to register for online services. You will find more information here.

The government is allowing small businesses to remit 10% lower on employer income tax remittance for a period up to June 20. The maximum amount allowed is $1,375 per employee to a maximum organizational amount of $25,000. You can find more information on the government website.

Ontario and Quebec Government Actions Concerning COVID-19

You can access information about government actions concerning COVID-19 in our two provinces here:

For Ontario

Our churches in Ontario that have have questions about temporary measures including closures and essential workplaces, can call Ontario’s Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

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