Are you preparing to re-open your business after closing temporarily due to COVID-19? Montréal provides information about necessary measures and tools offered by various organizations to help you develop a plan for resuming operations.
As announced by the government of Québec, non-essential retailers in the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal will re-open gradually starting May 25.
Conditions for re-opening
- You must have an outside entrance generally used by your customers.
- You must put hygiene measures in place for your staff and customers, as well as arrange the space to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.
Tools for implementing hygiene standards
The CNESST toolkit for the retail sector includes a hygiene standards guide, quick references, daily checklists and posters. The tools are available in English and French.
Tools offered by the city
We provide a downloadable poster to remind customers who enter your establishment of the main health guidelines they need to follow. We invite you to hang it on your business’s front door.
Kit from the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail
Poster and signage templates to help you enforce sanitary measures in your store are available on the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD)’s
Guidance offered by the city and its partners
Guidance and funding
PME MTL, the support network for Montréal businesses, offers merchants subsidies of up to $10,000 and guidance by a retail expert. The funds can be used to buy and set up equipment to help you implement the new health guidelines, such as plexiglass shields, hygiene stations and signage.
Montréal has implemented health corridors on commercial streets in several boroughs. The expanded sidewalks enable pedestrians to get around safely and foster local buying in neighbourhood businesses
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Some boroughs, sociétés commercial de développement (SDC) and other local organizations have introduced programs to support the purchase of local products and the re-launch of businesses.
For details on local assistance programs for merchants, contact your borough or SDC.
See the list of SDCs
Tools offered by other organizations
Détail Québec and the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail offer merchants a series of free webinars, including some on re-starting business operations.
Frequently asked questions
The government of Québec provides answers to questions on the re-opening of retail businesses.
Didn’t find the information you were looking for?
Contact us Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 514 394-1793.
Businesses can submit their questions by completing an online questionnaire. An economic development advisor from the city will respond as soon as possible, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., from Monday to Friday.
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