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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

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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.


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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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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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