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Updated COVID 19 - Business Resource Information - Plus Community Resources





The safety and well-being of our members and community are of the utmost importance to us. We will communicate all updates to our members, and the community through email, social media posts, and updates on our website. There has been so much support from so many individuals and business in our community. We have a  very supportive community and we will get through this!!!

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is appreciative of all of the front-line staff, first responders and health care professionals who continue to show dedication in our community. We will continue to update these pages as information becomes available.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to providing you with the information and support you need to make informed decisions as your business navigates through these challenges; including supporting your employees.

Calling All Suppliers - Help Canada Combat COVID-19
The Government of Canada is asking suppliers about their ability to provide products and services.  See the list of items needed, and notify them if you can help out.

Update - Nov 2020

Resources from the Federal Government


CEWS Extension Details: 



Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): 



Lockdown Support for Businesses Facing Significant Public Health Restrictions (under CERS): 



Brief Summary of Total Support under new CEWS and CERS: 


Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canadian businessesnon-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.



Government of Ontario 


FedDev Ontario

The Government of Canada is taking action to support tourism and other businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can take advantage of new investments and initiatives.  Learn more about the support available.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Update: April 6 , 2020       The Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to bring together its vast network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and over 100 of Canada’s leading business and industry associations, including the Business Council of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, to help the business community prepare, persevere and, ultimately, prosper as we collectively face the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ontario Chamber of Commerce


Leeds Grenville Economic Development - COVID - 19  Business Resources and Update

Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre Training & Resouce's

City of Brockville - Information and Resources 

United Way of Leeds & Grenville COVID 19 Resources 

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

Regional Tourism Organization 9 (RTO9)

RTO9 strives to support the tourism and travel industry in the region by closely monitoring events that could cause significant challenges to the industry, including the Covid-19 virus.  Visit the Tourism Talk website for more support.



Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan / Plan d'intervention économique du Canada pour répondre à la COVID-19 English


What Canada's Regional Development Agencies are doing to help business during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Business Development Bank of Canada - Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses 


Health Resources & Updates


Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Ontario Government

Government of Canada

COVID-19 subscription for Public Health Updates 



The Government of Ontario recommends taking the following actions to avoid the continuous spread of germs and viruses:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.

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The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is inviting proposals in order to select a proponent to provide services for the development of a strategic plan.  


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is inviting proposals in order to select a proponent to provide services for the development of a strategic plan.  


Click on link for full details


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2020 President's Award Honors our COVID Hero's




On October 15, 2020 the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 61st Award of Excellence Gala - Drive In Theater Style. Keeley Patterson the President of the Chamber of Commerce. Dedicated the President's Award to our COVID Hero's






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Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open


Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open

Government Provides Additional Details on $300 Million to Support Eligible Businesses

November 3, 2020

Office of the Premier


TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government has developed the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open FrameworkIt ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care.


Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

"It's clear COVID-19 will be with us for a while, which is why we are putting in place a framework that will protect the health and safety of individuals and families, while avoiding broader closures across the province," said Premier Ford. "This framework, developed in consultation with our health experts, will serve as an early warning system allowing us to scale up and scale back public health restrictions on a regional or community basis in response to surges and waves of COVID-19. By introducing public health measures sooner, we can keep this deadly virus at bay, bend the curve and reclaim a little more of our normal lives."

The framework takes a gradual approach that includes introducing preventative measures earlier to help avoid broader closures and allow for additional public health and workplace safety measures to be introduced or removed incrementally. It categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. Each level outlines the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations. These include targeted measures for specific sectors, institutions and other settings.

"The health and wellbeing of Ontarians is our number one priority. This framework, informed by public health experts, data and the experiences of other jurisdictions, is focused on introducing less invasive measures earlier to stop the spread of COVID-19," said Minister Elliott. "We are committed to being transparent with Ontarians, businesses and local communities as we work together to keep Ontarians safe, while keeping our economy open."

"This framework is critical to ensuring that public health measures are able to help slow the spread of the virus, while also supporting mental health and other social determinants of health," said Dr. Williams. "The framework operates like a dimmer switch, enabling measures and restrictions to be increased and give individuals and families the information they need to adjust their activities and interactions based on local epidemiological data."

As the province continues to expand access to real-time data, enhancements are also being made to Ontario.ca/coronavirus, Ontario's one-stop shop for information on COVID-19. Information about the spread of the virus, and public health and health system capacity will now be available on the website. This includes local cases by public health unit regions, the total number of cases, resolved cases, deaths, and tests completed and how many are positive. The province will continue to add data sets as they become available, such as sources of outbreaks as a subset of overall cases. This information will better help businesses, organizations and local communities access key information to prepare in advance for any changes in their region.

"You deserve to have access to the same information that we have, and that's why our government is enhancing online data and data visualization," said Minister Bethlenfalvy. "Greater transparency means that the people of Ontario have reliable access to the information they need to protect their health, and for businesses to reopen and operate safely. This is another way we're using technology and pursuing innovation to put the people at the centre of government and move Ontario onwards."

To provide the utmost transparency, each public health unit will be classified according to current framework indicators. Proposed classifications based on data for the week of October 26, 2020 can be found below. These will be confirmed by the province on Friday, November 6, 2020 and become effective on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Final decisions on moving public health unit regions into the framework will be made by the government based on updated data and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and other health experts, and will be reviewed weekly.

Going forward, the government will continually assess the impact of public health measures applied to public health unit regions for 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods.

Supporting Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Public Health Measures

The Ontario government is making $300 million available to businesses required to close or significantly restrict services in areas subject to modified Stage 2 public health restrictions (Ottawa, Peel, Toronto, and York Region) or, going forward, in areas categorized as Control or Lockdown.

Rebates will cover the period of time that businesses are required to temporarily close or significantly restrict services as a result of being located in areas subject to the targeted modified Stage 2 public health restrictions or, going forward, in areas categorized as Control or Lockdown. The property tax rebates will be net of any federal support in respect of property taxes provided through the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), so that the rebate will cover costs beyond those covered by CERS.

Beginning November 16, 2020, eligible businesses will be able to apply for temporary property tax and energy cost rebates directly to the province through a single, online application portal. Many businesses should expect to receive their rebate payments within a few weeks of finalizing and submitting their completed application. Eligible businesses include restaurants, bars, gyms and cinemas.

"On Thursday, I'll introduce Ontario's 2020 Budget, the next phase of Ontario's Action Plan," said Minister Phillips. "It is a plan that will have three pillars. As we announced yesterday, the first is protect. The second pillar is support, because we know COVID-19 has brought severe challenges and economic difficulties to families and employers. Supporting businesses affected by necessary public health restrictions in regions experiencing a greater risk from COVID-19 is one way we are helping employers manage during these difficult times."

Through Ontario's Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebates program, the government is building on its collaboration with federal partners to ensure eligible businesses receive the financial help they need as a result of targeted provincial public health restrictions.

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Ontario Business Should Play a Key Role in Budget 2020

Ontario Business Should Play a Key Role in Budget 2020

November 2, 2020

(TORONTO – November 2, 2020) – Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its 2020 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission focused on four pillars to create a more competitive business environment in the province: fiscal policy; regulation; the future of employment; and innovation and entrepreneurship.

“In Ontario’s 2020 Budget, we want to see public policies that lay the groundwork for long-term economic growth by advancing critical infrastructure, efficient regulation, workforce training, public-private partnerships, and support for entrepreneurship,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the OCC. “Pro-growth policies will help Ontario’s communities emerge stronger than before, ensure public resources are used productively, help bring down the debt-to-GDP ratio, and allow the private sector to generate jobs, economic activity, and tax revenues.”

The Government of Ontario has duly responded to the COVID-19 crisis with a series of unforeseen expenditures aimed at sustaining the livelihoods and confidence of Ontarians. Meanwhile, businesses across the province stepped up to the plate by leveraging their resources to respond to the pandemic. RBC’s Canada United Campaign and Bruce Power’s Strength in Numbers initiative are two examples of how businesses have leveraged their brand and supply chains in response to COVID-19.

Entering the next stages of this crisis, additional spending will be necessary to avoid a prolonged economic downturn. In addition to greater government debt, personal and private sector debt will also rise as households struggle to make payments and firms borrow to preserve their operations. In this context, government will need to walk a tightrope between ensuring their fiscal house is in order while maintaining a competitive economy that encourages business investment and economic growth. The smartest way to do this is by teaming up with the private sector.

“Collaboration with businesses will be key to the success of our economic recovery. The Government of Ontario cannot do it on its own,” added Rossi. “Now is the time to explore innovative partnerships – such as commissioning, alternative financing, and social impact bonds – to share risk and make the most of every dollar spent.”

The OCC’s pre-budget recommendations were developed together with businesses, chambers of commerce, and boards of trade across the province, with the shared interest of making Ontario a more attractive place to live, work, and invest. Read the full pre-budget submission here.

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Effective today, October 1, 2020, the minimum wage rates in Ontario have increased.







Effective today, October 1, 2020, the minimum wage rates in Ontario have increased.

To view the new rates, visit Ontario.ca/minimumwage.

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To all workplaces in the area, please take a moment to read the following message from the The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

To all workplaces in the area, please take a moment to read the following message from the The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

As we navigate the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is critical for workplaces to have plans in place to protect their employees and customers from COVID-19. New direction from the province requires employers to screen all workers or essential visitors prior to entering the work environment. A screening tool for workplaces can be accessed at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/.../workplace_screening_tool...

The following actions will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout your workplace:

• Screen workers before entry into the workplace.

• Support people with symptoms to self-isolate. Sick employees should not be in the workplace.

• Ensure people maintain a physical distance of 2 metres, even while wearing a face covering/mask.

• Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly.

• Support hand hygiene, particularly hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Remind workers about good cough and sneeze etiquette and to avoid touching their face.

• Work with the local Public Health Unit if any workers have COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Workplaces should perform their own risk assessment and follow site specific recommendations. Here are resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.

Should a positive case be identified in your workplace it is important to have a system in place so you can provide information about which people had close interactions with an individual who has tested positive. This information will help speed up contact tracing completed by Public Health. Please note your workplace is not expected to reach out to possible contacts; this is the role of Public Health. We will assess an individuals risk and provide advice on next steps, including self-isolation, who should get tested and the appropriate timeline for testing and information about self-isolation. The following information will be required:

• Date and approximate length and frequency of interaction.

• Full names.

• Contact telephone numbers.

• Addresses (for workers) or the name of the visitor’s business.

Together we can reduce the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace and the community.



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Supporting Canadians through the next phase of the economy re-opening: Increased access to EI and recovery benefits

Supporting Canadians through the next phase of the economy re-opening: Increased access to EI and recovery benefits



The Government of Canada is continuing to take significant and decisive action to support Canadians and protect jobs during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was an important and necessary temporary response to support Canadians who had to stop working due to the pandemic. As we safely restart Canada’s economy, the Government will be transitioning to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program, effective September 27, 2020, to provide income support to those who remain unable to work and are eligible, and introducing a new suite of temporary and taxable recovery benefits to further support workers. While the Government prepares for this transition, and to ensure support continues for Canadians whose employment has been impacted by the pandemic, the CERB will be extended by an additional four weeks, providing a new maximum of up to 28 weeks of benefits.


Summary of temporary measures to help Canadians access EI benefits more easily

  • 120 hours of work required to qualify
  • Minimum benefit rate of $400 per week
  • At least 26 weeks of regular benefits


Hours credits to enhance access to EI regular benefit and EI special benefits

Access to EI benefits is normally based on the number of insurable hours an individual has worked in the year prior to their application, or since their last claim. This is known as their qualifying period. However, the Government of Canada recognizes that the pandemic has prevented many Canadians from accumulating the number of insurable hours that is normally required, and is taking action to address this. To help individuals qualify with a minimum of 120 hours of work, EI claimants will receive a one-time insurable hours credit of:

  • 300 insurable hours for claims for regular benefits (job loss)
  • 480 insurable hours for claims for special benefits (sickness, maternity/parental, compassionate care or family caregiver)

The hours credit will also be made retroactive to March 15, 2020 for claimants who were looking to transition early from the CERB to EI maternity, parental, compassionate care, family caregiver or work-sharing benefits but could not establish their EI claim due to insufficient hours. For these claimants, the qualifying period will also be extended.


The hours credit will be available for new EI claims for one year, in recognition that labour market conditions remain uncertain and will take time to stabilize.


Minimum EI unemployment rate across Canada

As a first step to help eligible Canadians transition from CERB back into the EI system and into the labour force, a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% is being used for all EI economic regions in order to lower the hours required to qualify for EI regular benefits. This measure is effective for one year starting on August 9, 2020. Individuals in EI regions with an unemployment rate lower than 13.1% will have their EI benefits calculated on the basis of the 13.1% rate, while those in regions with a higher rate will have their benefits calculated using the actual higher rate. 

Normally, the unemployment rate in the region in which a claimant resides at the time they file their claim determines:

  • the number of hours of insurable employment a claimant needs to have accumulated in their qualifying period to be eligible for EI regular benefits – ranging from 420 to 700;
  • the number of weeks of EI regular benefits a claimant may be entitled to – ranging from 14 to 45; and
  • the number of best weeks of earnings that will be used to establish their weekly benefit rate – ranging from 14 to 22.

The EI system uses regional unemployment rates to determine access to EI regular benefits, given that it is generally more difficult for individuals to find new work when unemployment is higher.


In recognition that the pandemic has negatively impacted labour markets in ways that extend beyond traditional measures of unemployment, this measure will set a uniform eligibility requirement for EI regular benefits at 420 hours of insurable employment (before the hours credit is applied), provide a minimum entitlement of 26 weeks of regular benefits, and set 14 as the number of best weeks of earnings used in the calculation of the weekly benefit rate. Combined with the hours credits noted above, individuals can qualify for EI with 120 hours of work.


Minimum benefit rate

To further support clients and in addition to the above measures that will increase access to the program, new EI claimants as of September 27, 2020 will receive a minimum benefit rate of $400 per week (or $240 for extended parental benefits), if this is higher than what their benefits would otherwise be.


The EI benefit rate is typically based on a worker’s average weekly earnings before their EI claim.


However, the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a negative impact on a worker’s weekly earnings either because they lost their job or saw their hours of work reduced. The minimum benefit rate of $400 will reduce the negative impact on EI benefit rates for these workers and align with the weekly benefit rate for the new Canada Recovery Benefit.


Scenario 1, EI regular benefits measures: Worker whose seasonal employment was disrupted due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • Mariam lives outside of Montréal and usually works in seasonal employment from mid-June to mid-September, and is usually able to establish an EI claim based on about 900 hours of work
  • As a result of the pandemic, her hours have been cut and she has only accumulated 200 hours of work at the time of her lay off
  • Mariam does not have the hours normally required to qualify for EI regular benefits
  • As a result of the EI temporary measures Mariam has more than the minimum 120 hours of work and can qualify for at least 26 weeks of EI regular benefits at a minimum amount of $400 a week

Scenario 2, EI maternity and parental benefits measures: Expectant mother looking to take maternity/parental leave who does not have enough hours for EI due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  •  Inez normally works 30 hours per week in Fredericton, NB
  • She is expecting a second child in October 2020 and planned to take maternity and parental leave and apply for EI benefits
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Inez has been off work and receiving the CERB. She had only accumulated 450 hours of work, which is below the 600 hours requirement to qualify for maternity and parental benefits once her baby is born

What could Inez qualify for?

  • As a result of the temporary measures, Inez has the minimum 120 hours of work and can qualify for EI maternity and parental benefits.


EI fishing benefits

The Government is also implementing temporary measures to support self-employed fish harvesters who rely on EI fishing benefits in the off-season. These measures will allow EI fishing benefits for these workers to be calculated using either their actual fishing earnings for their current claim, or their fishing earnings from their claim for the same season from the previous year, whichever is higher.


EI premium rate freeze

To support Canadian businesses and workers through the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is freezing the EI premium rate for employees at the 2020 level of $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for 2 years. The rate for employers, who pay 1.4 times the employee rate, will also remain unchanged at $2.21 per $100 of insurable earnings.


Under ordinary circumstances, the Canada Employment Insurance Commission sets and announces (on or before September 14 each year) the annual premium rate for the coming year based on the 7 year break-even rate. This is a rate forecast to balance the EI Operating Account over a 7 year horizon, including the elimination of any cumulative surplus or deficit, as forecast by the EI Senior Actuary.


Freezing the premium rate will ensure that employees and employers do not have to pay increased EI premiums in a time of economic uncertainty, and help support job creation as the economy recovers.


New recovery benefits

As the CERB begins to wind down, the Government plans to introduce a suite of 3 new recovery benefits to provide needed support to Canadians who continue to face financial hardship even as the economy starts to re-open. The 3 new benefits are:


Canada Recovery Benefit

The new Canada Recovery Benefit would be effective from September 27, 2020 for one year and would provide a benefit amount of $400 per week for up to 26 weeks to workers who are not eligible for EI, mainly the self-employed and including those working in the gig economy. These individuals may still require income support if they continue to be unable to return to work due to COVID-19 or had their income reduced relative to pre-COVID-19 pandemic (attestation-based).

The benefit would be available to residents in Canada who:

  • are at least 15 years old and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • have stopped working due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are available and looking for work; or are working and have had a reduction in their employment/self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19
  • are not eligible for EI
  • had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in 2020 and
  • have not quit their job voluntarily

Workers would apply after every 2 week period for which they are seeking income support and attest that they continue to meet the requirements. In order to continue to be eligible for the benefit the claimant wound need to look for and accept work when it is reasonable to do so. The benefit is taxable.


To encourage claimants to return to work, they would be able to earn income from employment and/or self-employment while receiving the benefit, as long as they continue to meet the other requirements. However, to ensure that the benefit targets those who need it most, claimants would need to repay some or all of the benefit through their income tax return if their annual net income, excluding the Canada Recovery Benefit payment, is over $38,000. In other words, claimants would need to repay $0.50 of the benefit for each dollar of their annual net income above $38,000 in the calendar year to a maximum of the amount of benefit they received.


This means that for a worker who received 10 weeks of the Canada Recovery Benefit in 2020 for a total of $4000, they would have to repay all of the benefit if their net income exceeded the threshold by $8000 (twice the benefit payment amount). In this example, the worker would have to repay the full benefit amount if their net income was greater than $46,000 (not including the Canada Recovery Benefit) in 2020.


The Government of Canada intends to introduce legislation to support the delivery of the new recovery benefits.


Scenario for the Canada Recovery Benefit: Self-employed worker whose business is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Ibrahim is a self-employed bookkeeper in Toronto, ON
  • He earned $34,000 in 2019 but his business has slowed due to COVID-19
  • Ibrahim applied for and received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) but his benefits will run out in September
  • While his business has begun to rebound, it is still not business as usual and he is only back to working at 40% capacity

What could Ibrahim qualify for:

  • With the Canada Recovery Benefit, he could receive $400 per week for up to 26 weeks. If his annual net income for 2020 is above $38,000 (excluding the Canada Recovery Benefit payments), he would need to repay some or all of the benefit when he files his annual income tax return for 2020

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

The new Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit would provide $500 per week, for up to 2 weeks, effective September 27, 2020 for 1 year, for workers who are unable to work because they are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19. This new benefit would fulfil the Government of Canada’s commitment as part of the Safe Restart Agreement with provinces and territories to provide up to 2 weeks of sick leave to all Canadians in the context of COVID-19.


The benefit would be available to:

  • residents in Canada who are at least 15 years of age and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • workers employed or self-employed at the time of the application and
  • workers who earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in 2020

Workers would not be required to have a medical certificate to qualify for the benefit. Workers could not claim the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and receive other paid sick leave for the same benefit period. Workers would need to have missed a minimum of 60% of their scheduled work in the week for which they claim the benefit.


Workers would apply after the one-week period in which they are seeking income support and attest that they meet the requirements. The benefit would taxable.


Scenario for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit: Two weeks of paid leave if a minimum wage worker needs to self-isolate due to COVID-19

  • Anita is working in a small grocery store in Saskatoon, SK and earns about $35,000 a year
  • She has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
  • She just found out she must self-isolate for 14 days as a family member has tested positive for COVID-19

What could Anita qualify for:

  • With the new Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, Anita may be eligible to receive $500 per week, for up to two weeks provided that she is not in receipt of paid leave from her employer


Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

The new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit, would be effective from September 27, 2020 for 1 year, and provide $500 per week, for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible Canadians.


The closure of schools and other daycare and day program facilities to prevent the spread of COVID 19 has meant that many Canadians have been unable to work because they needed to provide care to children or support to other dependents who had to stay home. While it is anticipated that facilities will gradually re-open as the economy restarts, the Government of Canada recognizes that access may vary over time and across communities. The Government is committed to ensuring that parents and others with dependents do not need to choose between caring for them and paying the bills.


In order to be eligible for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, individuals would need to:

  • reside in Canada
  • be at least 15 years of age on the first day of the period for which they apply for the benefit
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number
  • be employed or self-employed on the day immediately preceding the period for which the application is made
  • have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in 2020
  • have been unable to work for at least 60% of their normally scheduled work within a given week because of one of the following conditions:
  • they must take care of a child who is under 12 years of age on the first day of the period for which the benefit is claimed:
  • because their school or daycare is closed or operates under an alternative schedule for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • who cannot attend school or daycare under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high risk if they contract COVID-19, or
  • because the caregiver who usually provides care is not available for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or
  • they must provide care to a family member with a disability or a dependent:
  • because their day program or care facility is closed or operates under an alternative schedule for reasons related to COVID-19
  • who cannot attend their day program or care facility under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high risk if they contract COVID-19, or
  • because the caregiver who usually provides care is not available for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • not be in receipt of paid leave from an employer in respect of the same week, and
  • not be in receipt of the CERB, the EI Emergency Response Benefit (ERB), the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, short-term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or any EI benefits or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits in respect of the same week

Workers would apply after the period in which they are seeking income support and attest that they meet the requirements. Two members residing in the same household could not be in receipt of the benefit for the same period. The benefit is taxable.


Scenario for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit: Single father with 1 child (employed and earns $48000/year) whose school has closed

  • Steve is a single father in Cranbrook, BC with a daughter aged 8
  • He earns $48,000 per year
  • His daughter’s school had to close for four weeks beginning October 25th due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Steve arranged with his employer to take unpaid leave from work as he doesn’t have anyone else who can take care of his child

What could Steve qualify for:

  • Steve could apply for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit after each week of leave he takes to provide care for his daughter
  • He could receive $500 per week, in total $2000 for the period that the school is closed


How to apply for EI and the recovery benefits

Canadians already receiving benefits through Service Canada will be transitioned to the EI program once they have received the maximum CERB benefits for which they are entitled, if they are EI eligible and continue to need income support.


Canadians who are currently receiving the CERB from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) who believe they are entitled to EI will need to apply through Service Canada after September 26.


The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would administer the Canada Recovery Benefits, and Canadians would be able to apply through the CRA. In the coming weeks, the CRA will provide more details on how and when Canadians can get ready to apply at www.canada.ca/coronavirus.




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COVID-19 - Federal Government Programs and Resources


  • The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is being expanded to include businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. This new payroll range will replace the previous range of between $50,000 and $1 million in payroll. Businesses can apply for a CEBA loan through their financial institutions.


  •  Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. This program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of this program will require a partnership between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments, which are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships. We will share more details about this program as soon as they are available.


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator Now Available

Ahead of the Wage Subsidy application process, which will be available in the coming days, additional details and a calculator are now available for businesses.

Calculate Your Subsidy


For Your Attention

New Resource Web Page From Finance Canada 
Finance Canada has produced a refined search tool to help businesses find the financial supports they may be eligible for, including direct financial support programs, access to credit and more.

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Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce Membership Benefits video

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#CanadaUnited - Information about Canada United and the Grant Link



Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce joins Canada United to support local businesses and accelerate small business recovery

Created by RBC in collaboration with the national network of Chambers of Commerce and over 50 corporate partners Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses as part of the nationwide movement


July 29, 2020 Brockville, Ontario  – Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce announced today it is joining Canada United, a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the movement, RBC has brought together more than 50 of Canada’s leading brands, Business Associations and the national Chamber network to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support the Canada United movement and help bolster businesses in and around our community. Small businesses are the backbones of our local economies and key to thriving communities,” says Pamela Robertson, Executive Director. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for businesses in the Brockville and Area and across the province. We need to continue to support SMEs who create jobs, drive innovation, and generate wealth for communities across Ontario – they will play an integral role in helping the province bounce back.


Canadians are invited to join the Canada United movement by buying and dining local, including celebrating and supporting local businesses during the Canada United Weekend from August 28 to 30, 2020.


Canadians are also encouraged to watch the Canada United videos online at GoCanadaUnited.ca, like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited to demonstrate their support. For each of these actions until August 31, 2020, RBC will contribute 5 cents up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million to the new Canada United Small Business Relief Fund, while working with government and corporate partners to source additional contributions to the fund during the course of the campaign.


The Fund will provide small businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities.

Small Canadian businesses across the country will be able to apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding. The program intends to support small Canadian businesses of all kinds from across the country. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network. Small business owners who are interested in the program can visit GoCanadaUnited.ca to learn more about grant application details, including eligibility criteria, and to apply.


“We are excited to welcome the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce to Canada United to help local businesses and Canada’s economy come back strong,” said Neil McLaughlin, Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking, Royal Bank of Canada. “Canada United was created to kick-start an economic rebound by rallying consumers to give local businesses the support they need to re-open during these uncertain times. By bringing together government, business associations and corporate Canada, we are looking to start a movement to get Canadians to buy local and support businesses across the country. We are genuinely excited by the energy all of our partners are bringing to this effort.”


“If there has been one silver lining in all the tragedy and sacrifices of the current crisis, it has been the spirit of collaboration and unity of purpose that has been evident between levels of government, across provinces and across sectors,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.


“We are calling on that same unity of purpose with Canada United. Small, local businesses are the heart of our communities, our Main Streets and our economy. Together, it is time to show local some love.”


About Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce:

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is part of a network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade that exist in virtually every community across Ontario and Canada. The Chamber network consists of 65,000 businesses provincially and 170,000 businesses nationally. Locally, the Chamber has over 300 members and is recognized as this area's official "Voice of Business." This voice is an effective force in influencing issues and legislation affecting your business and our community. It is a membership based and not-for-profit association that is led by an elected volunteer Board of Directors.


About RBC:

Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 84,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada's biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 17 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com.


We are proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact.

About Canada United


The #CanadaUnited campaign is a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local.


RBC, ‘Corporate Canada’, Business Associations and Major Media Partners have teamed up to start a movement, Canada United™, where everyday Canadians and large businesses come together in support of small and local businesses. The movement will start with a #CanadaUnited campaign where Canadians are asked to

complete ‘micro-actions’ (likes, views, etc.) in support of small and local businesses on social media. In short, Canada United encourages action from everyday Canadians and Corporate Canada and kickstarts the recovery of local economies and small businesses.


Learn more at GoCanadaUnited.ca.


Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC. Funds can be used for PPE, renovations, or e-commerce capabilities.


  • To determine if you’re eligible to apply for a relief grant or learn more about this program, visit Ontario: occ.ca/canadaunited-on 

Conditions apply.



We’re happy to establish the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund in collaboration with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19.²

If awarded, a relief grant can be used for any of the following activities: 

  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves
  • Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business

Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds (from retailers to barbershops to farmers) from across the country.

The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will grow over the next several weeks as views, likes and shares from Canadians (including yours) result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC. You can keep track of the growing fund amount on this website, and soon you’ll be able to apply for grant funding.

Applications for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be accepted starting on August, 31, 2020. Learn more about the eligibility criteria on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce website.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2020 Brockville’s Island Breakfast on Refugee Island latest event casualty due to COVID-19

 May 11, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     

Brockville’s Island Breakfast on Refugee Island latest event casualty due to COVID-19


BROCKVILLE – The Island Breakfast on Refugee Island Committee announced today that it will cancel what would have been its seventh year of operation. The closure of Brockville’s City parks and provincial protocols restricting largely attended events due to COVID-19 has resulted in the decision.

The event was scheduled to take place June 17-20th.

“Our committee and volunteers are disappointed however Island Breakfast is not the kind of event that is possible these days, even with some restrictions beginning to loosen,” said Cathy McHugh, spokesperson for Island Breakfast and committee member.

“The logistics of transporting people alone and implementing social distancing on the Island would be impossible.”

Letters went out to sponsors last week thanking them for their support in hopes of their return in 2021. Cheques will be returned to sponsors who had already issued them.

Island Breakfast is made possible through the sponsors and close to 150 volunteers who help set up, purchase and cook food, seek sponsorships, drive boats, sell tickets, manage traffic, tear down, address health and safety issues, provide entertainment and numerous other tasks.

McHugh added a later date this year will not be considered by the committee with so much up in the air right now about restrictions.

“This event does not come together overnight and with so many unknowns, we felt pushing it to 2021 made the most sense,” she said.

The money being raised is to build a pavilion on the island which has already begun. Plans for the next phase have also been postponed (building of posts and roof) due to construction restrictions in the province.

McHugh noted that the Committee has raised $50,000 since inception and currently has enough funds for the next phase of the project however when it will be done, is yet to be determined.

“We hope to complete the next phase by the time the event returns next year,” said McHugh.

Anyone who has received complimentary tickets for the event can use them in 2021.


Cathy McHugh – 613-341-1116 or cathymchugh@cogeco.ca


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