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Living Alongside COVID from the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

March 11, 2022

For the past two years, we have learned a lot about protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19 symptoms and serious infection. The province also provided specific regulations for some public and workplace settings.  

We expected that at some point provincial mandates would stop for the public as the level of Omicron decreased to the point that the health care system was able to cope with the number of people needing hospital care. We are at this point now. The final provincial requirements for the public will stop on March 21, 2022, including masking requirements in public places, except public transit.

Workplaces, organizations, businesses, and services can now develop their own policies and requirements for protective measures appropriate to their setting to continue to protect their employees and keep low levels of COVID-19 infection in the community.

We can focus on “living well alongside COVID-19” – deciding what is important to do, and considering the benefits and risks. Then take as many steps as are reasonable to reduce the risk of becoming sick or infecting others. See this website for help assessing risk and what can be done to reduce it. Respecting the decisions of others about what is safe for them is very important. Some people may be experiencing feelings of uncertainty and worry as public health measures are lifted.

Staying home when sick with COVID-19 symptoms is still essential for 5 days if one has at least two doses of vaccine or under 12 and then wearing a mask in public for another 5 days and staying away from immune-compromised people or high-risk settings. The isolation is for 10 days for people who are partially or unvaccinated or are immune-compromised.

“Living well alongside COVID-19” includes:

  • Eating well and being physically active
    • Healthy balanced eating gives us the energy and nutrients we need to grow, work, learn, play and be healthy. Look for opportunities to enjoy preparing food and eating with others. Check out our Healthy Eating page.
    • Regular physical activity helps to build a healthy body and mind. A mix of activities that build strength, heart health, as well as balance and coordination, is best for all ages.
    • Being outdoors in nature has an important added benefit of calming the brain, increasing creativity, enhancing learning, and decreasing anger and aggression. Get more info here.
  • Connecting with and supporting others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Make time for sleep. Each person needs a different amount of sleep. You can learn what your sleep needs are by noting whether you feel rested in the morning and alert during the day.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule by sleeping and waking up at the same time each day
  • Set the stage for sleep by making a comfortable sleep environment. Limit noise and light distractions. Avoid stimulants close to bedtime (caffeine, nicotine and other medications). Alcohol can disturb your sleep, by waking you up during the night and early morning.
  • Being vaccinated
  • Washing and sanitizing hands in public, workplace, or school
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer after being in touch with others or handling anything from outside your home
  • Wearing a well-fitted mask in public places when you feel you will be too close or if you have underlying conditions that put you at greater risk
    • The use of a well-fitted, high-quality two or three-ply mask provides an important layer of source protection decreasing the transmission of the virus particles from the nose and throat of an infected person to others in a close contact situation. An approved medical/surgical mask also provides protection from exposure to the virus for the person wearing the mask. Adding eye protection when the person has close contact with someone not wearing a mask gives additional protection.
  • Keeping distanced in public
    • Workplaces, organizations, businesses, and services can review what the risk of close contact is in the workplace for employees, clients, and the public, and whether a distance of 2 meters can always be maintained or people are separated by a physical barrier. If not, requiring the use of a well-fitted mask will give added protection to preserve the workforce capacity and decrease the risk of infecting their clients or members of the public.
  • Protecting people who are vulnerable

Consider the following when assessing benefits and risks of social interactions:

  • Your personal risk for serious disease, and the risk of people with whom you will be spending time.
    • Does anyone have health conditions or take medications that could affect their immune system?
    • Has everyone been vaccinated? Three doses is best. (four doses for immune-compromised)
    • Is everyone symptom-free? (even people with mild symptoms should stay home)
    • Does anyone work in a setting that may have more exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals? (like in a hospital, clinic or testing center)
  • Is the setting outdoors or can you take the activity outdoors? If it is indoors, does it have good ventilation with (2 m) of space between people?
  • Is there close contact in these activities?

Public Health is monitoring the local COVID-19 situations: our hospitalizations continue to be low and waste water surveillance has seen a gradual decrease in all three sites along with fewer reports of new infections from PCR testing. There are fewer new outbreaks in congregate care and other joint living settings, and most are resolving well. We will continue this surveillance and alert the community to any significant increases.

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Update from City Hall with Mayor Kalivas on March 14,2022

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce presents  a zoom Update from City Hall with Mayor Mike Kalivas  on March 14, 2022

 

Thank you to our Sponsor the City of Brockville for sponsoring this event.

 

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Valentine's Month Retail & Restaurant Program - Local Staycation Package Winner

Valentine's Month Retail & Restaurant Program - Local Staycation Package Winner

 

Our #ShopWhereYourHeartIs Valentine's Campaign has wrapped up and we have drawn a winner for our Local Staycation Package!

The winner of the Local Staycation Package was Angie Perkins.

 Congratulations Angie!

It includes:

Comfort Inn Brockville: A one-night stay in a room with a Queen size bed. (Voucher includes Room Rental, Buffet Style Breakfast, and access to the Pool & Fitness Centre).

Downtown Brockville: $100 in Gift Certificates to any Downtown Business or Restaurant (Excluding LCBO, Maycourt, H&T Nails).

Brockville Arts Centre: Complimentary movie for two at the Brockville Arts Centre.

Aquatarium: Valentine Couple’s Pass (Present this pass upon arrival and receive 2 Adult Day Pass Admissions for the price of one).

The Capitol Axe Throwing: One hour of Axe Throwing for two people.

Skedaddle Escape Rooms: 2 $40.00 Gift Certificates (Total $80.00).

Pauline's Lingerie: 2 $25.00 Gift Certificates (Total $50.00).

Sun Deck Tanning Studio: 2 Hemp Nation Frosted Peppermint Bark Lotions.

1000 Islands Brewery: 6-Pack of assorted beer.

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce: 1 Bottle of Apothic Red Wine and two glasses. #ShopWhereYourHeartIs gear & a random assortment of treats.

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Ontario Lifting Most Remaining COVID-19 Public Health Measures, Including Mask Mandates

Ontario Lifting Most Remaining COVID-19 Public Health Measures, Including Mask Mandates

After almost two years of COVID-19 restrictions and public health mandates, the provincial government has announced a timeline for removing all public health restrictions, including mask mandates.

Effective March 14:

• Mandatory vaccination policy for employees in long-term care homes is lifted

• Unvaccinated workers in hospitals and other high-risk healthcare settings will no longer have to partake in regular rapid testing

Effective March 21:

• Masking requirements will be removed in most settings including: schools, restaurants and bars, gyms, movie theatres, shopping centres, etc.

• Remaining measures in schools including cohorts and on-site symptom screening are removed

• Remaining regulatory requirements for businesses are removed, including passive screening and having a COVID-19 safety plan

Effective April 27:

• Mask requirements are removed in all remaining settings

• All remaining orders under the Reopening Ontario Act expire

• Remaining health-care directives are lifted, however, the government will still direct health-care workers to wear personal protective equipment

• After this date, masks will not be mandatory but will be encouraged and highly recommended for those who are immunocompromised, at high risk, or who choose to still use them.

For more information, please visit here. https://news.ontario.ca/.../statement-from-ontarios-chief...

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The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Paul Fournier as the second of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award.

February 24, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BROCKVILLE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LIFETIME BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Paul Fournier as the second of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award.  The Chamber has previously announced Mr. Hunter Grant as the other recipient.  Two awards are being given this year to compensate for there not having been a recipient in 2021 due to Covid restrictions.

 

Mr. Fournier sadly passed away in May of 2020 and is being posthumously recognized as the eleventh to receive this award following previous recipients Hunter Grant, Gord Brown, David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek and Dave Jones.  

 

Since 2017, this award has been sponsored annually by the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation.

 

Recipients are chosen by an independent committee of judges following review and assessment of multiple criteria including community involvement, mentorship, economic impact, job creation, volunteerism, longevity and personal/corporate generosity.

 

Paul Fournier was widely known as a long-time practicing lawyer who had a broad range of influence throughout Brockville and the surrounding area. Aside from professionally representing countless

local individuals, businesses and organizations over decades of service, he was deeply devoted to contributing his time, energy and resources to causes close to his heart. He helped to shape the local economic and social landscape as a prominent fundraiser, community champion and major donor for any number of important organizations and initiatives including St. Lawrence College, Brockville General Hospital, YMCA, Aquatarium, Theatre Brockville, Brockville Arts Centre, Ice Storm Relief and many others.

 

An accomplished artist in his own right, Mr. Fournier played a critical role in elevating the fine arts to become a distinguished diploma program at St. Lawrence College. He was a past municipal councilor for the City of Brockville and was named Citizen of the Year by the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

 

Not surprisingly, Mr. Fournier was highly respected as an impressive and compelling public speaker who used his talents to bring positive change to the region. He was widely viewed as a major community influencer and advocate who was able to bring countless people together in support of common causes for the greater good. He was a generous philanthropist, world class organizer, tremendously effective leader and, oftentimes, the very glue that held many critically important initiatives together through to completion.

 

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce President, Mr. Orlando Spicer, noted that “Mr. Fournier did so very much to build our city and region into a beautiful place to live, work and play.  He was a true community leader and an unwavering champion for countless worthy causes. People like him do not come along every day. We will always remember him fondly and we are forever grateful for his decades of service.

 

The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsors this award annually and is actively involved in the recipient selection process.  The corporation’s Executive Director, Mr. Tom Russell, offered that “Mr. Fournier was an absolute pillar of this community. You cannot overstate his importance nor his impact.  There is no debate that he left an indelible mark and that his legacy will be felt for many years to come. The City of Brockville is a much better place because of Mr. Fournier.  He was a kind and generous human being, and we all miss him dearly.”

 

Mr. Fournier will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and breakfast at the Brockville Convention Centre on Thursday, March 31st.

 

Those interested in attending can RSVP at the Chamber of Commerce website www.brockvillechamber.com or call 613-342-6553 by March 30th.

 

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce represents more than 450 members and has been the community's business advocate since 1906. Our mission - we support and grow business to build a strong economic community through proactive leadership in advocacy and relevant programming 

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Mr. Hunter Grant as the first of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award

February 17, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

BROCKVILLE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LIFETIME BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Hunter Grant as the first of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award. Two awards will be given this year to compensate for there not having been a recipient in 2021 due to Covid restrictions.

 

Mr. Grant is the tenth to receive this award following previous recipients Gord Brown, David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek and Dave Jones.

 

Since 2017, this award has been sponsored annually by the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation. Recipients are chosen by an independent committee of judges following review and assessment of multiple criteria including community involvement, mentorship, economic impact, job creation, volunteerism, longevity and personal/corporate generosity.

 

Hunter Grant is a successful entrepreneur, widely respected philanthropist, and tireless community champion.  Most prominently known as the decades long co-owner and co-publisher of The Brockville Recorder & Times newspaper, Mr. Grant has devoted himself to improving the lives of Brockville and area residents through his professional and personal endeavors. 

 

Under his leadership, the Recorder & Times was one of Canada’s first newspapers to abandon hot lead type setting, a move which revolutionized the production of daily newspapers.  It was also one of the first Canadian newspapers to computerize and it was the second in Canada to go on-line. Each of these moves was a game changing innovation for a small town, family-owned newspaper and the business flourished as a result. Mr. Grant’s family acquired the Recorder & Times in 1892 and retained ownership for 106 years, employing many hundreds of people along the way.   

 

Appropriately, the Recorder & Times was named “Business of the Century” by the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce in the year 2006.  The company was recognized on numerous occasions during Mr. Grant’s tenure, including being listed by the Globe & Mail as one of Canada’s Top 50 best managed companies and as the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce “Industry of the Year” in 1992.

 

Hunter Grant’s keen business acumen allowed him to recognize the early potential of the Internet to extend the reach of the Recorder & Times and to bolster its connection to the community. This ultimately resulted in he and his son Kingsley creating RipNET Internet Services in 1994 as one of Canada’s first independent Internet Service Providers. Under Mr. Grant’s leadership, RipNet invested millions of dollars to build a wireless network to deliver high speed broadband to the rural residents of Leeds & Grenville during a time when such services only existed in major cities. The long-lasting local economic impact of this early investment has been enormous.

 

Mr. Grant has always recognized the importance of community leadership and personal commitment. Through the years he has led numerous fundraising campaigns and financially supported such important initiatives as Palliative Care, Hospice Care, Brockville General Hospital, YMCA, Theatre Brockville, Aquatarium, Rockport Customs Revitalization, Ookpik Winter Carnival and so many others.  He and his family have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthwhile local causes, including the donation of a $250,000 building to the YMCA and a very recent contribution of $25,000 to the Brockville & District Hospital Foundation’s “Under One Roof” campaign.

 

Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce President, Mr. Orlando Spicer, expressed his appreciation by noting that “Mr. Grant has earned our respect and appreciation for all of his many contributions to our community.  We are forever grateful.” 

 

The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsors this award annually and is actively involved in the recipient selection process.  The corporation’s Executive Director, Mr. Tom Russell, offered his congratulations by stating “I have known Mr. Grant for the entirety of my adult life and can safely say that he is long overdue for this recognition. His contributions rival any in the history of our region.”

 

Mr. Grant will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and breakfast at the Brockville Convention Centre on Thursday, March 31st.

 

Those interested in attending can register by click this link  or call 613-342-6553 by March 25th.

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce represents more than 450 members and has been the community's business advocate since 1906. Our mission -  we support and grow business to build a strong economic community through proactive leadership in advocacy and relevant programming. 

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Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17

 

Effective February 17, 2022, Ontario will further ease public health measures, including:

 

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
    • Cinemas
    • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs.
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opt-in to proof  of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.

 

If public health and health system indicators continue to improve, we intend to take additional steps to ease public health measures on March 1, 2022, including lifting proof of vaccination requirements for all settings.  Please view our news release for our comprehensive plan heading into March.

 

News Release:

 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001600/ontario-moving-to-next-phase-of-reopening-on-february-17

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Update from Queens Park with MPP Steve Clark on February 8, 2022.

 

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce presents  a zoom Update from Queens Park  with MPP Steve Clark on Feb 8, 2022

 

 

Thank you to our Sponsors Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre and Allstate Insurance for sponsoring this event. 

 

 

Hon. Steve Clark (Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes)  Minister of

Municipal Affairs and Housing

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce and #ONChamberNetwork released the sixth annual Ontario Economic Report

 

 February 3, 2022 

 

 

 

Ontario’s outlook dampened by labour shortages, supply chain issues 

  

(Brockville Ontario – FEBRUARY 3RD, 2022) – Pain points throughout Ontario’s economy are impairing business operations, and now consumers are feeling the pinch too. The frustration is palpable. From the grocery store and trucking industry to their pocketbooks, Ontarians are experiencing the very real consequences of labour shortages, global supply chain disruptions, and inflation. Today, the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the sixth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) providing regional and sector-specific data on business confidence, policy priorities, and economic indicators, which together provide a unique view on the hurdles ahead.  

 

“Ontario began to see some positive momentum in 2021 thanks to progress on vaccines and reopening. Business confidence, GDP, and employment growth are trending upwards after record lows in 2020. However, the road ahead remains uncertain for businesses and households as labour shortages, supply chain disruptions, and inflation are hitting home,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “A staggering 62 percent of sectors are facing labour shortages in Ontario and expect to continue facing them over the next year. This is having real-life consequences on the cost of living, service delivery, and product availability.”  

 

“Our small business members in Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce have proven their strength and resilience over the past two years. Business confidence is rising across the province but for many the additional strain on operations as a result of new variants and additional restrictions continues to dampen their recovery,” said Pamela Robertson, Executive Director  

 

This year’s OER reveals the impacts of the pandemic continue to disproportionately impact small businesses, organizations led by women and people with disabilities, with the hardest-hit sectors being businesses in the arts, entertainment, and agricultural sectors.  

 

“We are seeing a domino effect of structural issues. Jobs are going unfilled, demand is outpacing capacity, and these issues are driving up prices for consumers and uncertainty for businesses,” said the report’s co-author, Claudia Dessanti, Senior Manager, Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Two years into the pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we need a long-term plan that will provide stability and lay the groundwork for economic growth.” 

 

Key highlights of the report include:  

 

  1. Overall, 29 percent of Ontario businesses are confident in Ontario’s economic outlook in 2021 (compared to 21 percent the year prior), and 57 percent are confident in the outlook of their own organizations (up from 48 percent).  

  1. Most sectors (62 percent) are facing labour shortages and expect to continue facing them over the next year.  

  1. Inflation of raw materials and transportation costs at the producer level are affecting consumer prices, which rose 3.5 percent and are expected to rise another 3.5 percent in 2022. Ontario’s year-over-year housing price growth was above 30 percent in December 2021. 

  1. Small businesses are more preoccupied with cost relief measures such as business taxes and electricity rates, while larger businesses are more focused on long-term infrastructure, regulatory, and workforce development issues. 

  1. All regions except Northeastern Ontario saw positive employment growth in 2021, though several regions have yet to offset the major job losses seen during the first year of the pandemic. 

 

The sixth annual OER offers unique insights into business perspectives across Ontario. The report is driven by data from our annual Business Confidence Survey (BCS) and economic forecasts for the year ahead. The BCS was conducted online from October 6 to November 19, 2021, attracting responses from 1,513 organizations across Ontario. The OER was made possible by our Landmark Partner, Hydro One, and Research Partners, Golfdale Consulting and Bank of Montreal.  

Read the report. 

About the Ontario Economic Report 

The Ontario Economic Report (OER) is the landmark research platform of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province. The OER is a data-driven, evidence-based document rooted in the OCC’s annual survey of its members, the Business Confidence Survey (BCS). 

 

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Ontario Announces Lifting of Public Health and Safety Measures starting January 31, 2022 

Ontario Announces Lifting of Public Health and Safety Measures 

The provincial government has announced the lifting of certain public health and safety measures. The Ontario government will follow a phased approach to gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions, with 21 days between each step, starting January 31, 2022.  

Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01am  

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors;  
  • Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50% in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:  
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;  
    • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies); 
    • Shopping malls;  
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;  
    • Cinemas;  
    • Meeting and event spaces;  
    • Recreational amenities and amusement parks, including water parks;  
    • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions;  
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and 
    • Religious services, rites, or ceremonies. 
  • Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50% seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.  
  • Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.

 

In addition, several clarifying and housekeeping amendments were approved.

These include:

  • Allowing food or drink services at indoor sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Individuals will be required to remain seated when consuming food or drink in these venues, limiting the number of close contacts while masks are removed. Masks will continue to be required when individuals are not eating or drinking.
  • Removing the requirement for most businesses to collect patron information for contact tracing. This is aligned with recent changes to the testing and case and contact management guidance and will allow businesses to focus their efforts on the enforcement of other public health measures in these settings, such as masking requirements. Public health units continue to have the ability to raise awareness of significant exposures warranting notification, such as through news releases.

Effective February 21, 2022 (Family Day): 

  • Social gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. 
  • Removing capacity limits in indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to: 
    • Restaurants; 
    • Indoor sports and recreational facilities; 
    • Cinemas; and 
    • Other settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements. 
  • Permitting spectator capacity at sporting events, concert venues, and theatres at 50% capacity. 
  • Indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is not required capacity will be limited to the number of people that can maintain 2m of physical distance. 
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies limited to the number that can maintain 2m of physical distance, with no limit if proof of vaccination is required. 
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25% in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including: 
    • Nightclubs; 
    • Wedding receptions in meeting or event spaces where there is dancing; and 
    • Bathhouses and sex clubs. 
  • Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings. 

Effective March 14, 2022: 

  • Lifting of 100% capacity limits in all indoor public settings. Proof of vaccination will be maintained in existing settings in addition to other regular measures. 
  • Lifting remaining capacity limits on religious services, rites, or ceremonies. 
  • Increase social gathering limits to 50 people indoors with no limits for outdoor gatherings. 

 

For more information, please visit here. 

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The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce presents a zoom Update with MP Michael Barrett on Jan 20, 2022

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce presents  a zoom Update with MP Michael Barrett on Jan 20, 2022

 

 

Thank you to our Partner the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation for being part of the update.

MP Michael Barrett is a current member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the Ontario riding of Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes .

 

 

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Updated: COVID-19 GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS - Federal and other supports

JANUARY 12, 2022

FEDERAL

For a full overview of programs provided by the Canadian government, click here.

To access the Business Benefits Finder to determine the best program and service for your
organization, click here.

Note: The repayment deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is being extended to December 31, 2023.

  This applies to all eligible borrowers in good standing.

  Repayment on or before the new deadline will result in loan forgiveness of up to a third of
      the value of loans (up to $20,000).

Note: The repayment deadline to qualify for partial forgiveness of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is being extended to December 31, 2023.

Business

Wage and hiring supports

    Employers may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of employee wages. In each applicable

claim period, employers can claim one of the following- whichever gives the highest amount:

o   Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

o   Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program

o   Canada Recovery Hiring Program

     To calculate the amount available to your organization in wage/hiring support, click here.

     To apply to the wage and hiring support, click here.

 

    Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program

o   Organizations in the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, and recreation sectors
      affected by a qualifying public health restriction may be eligible for funding.

  Eligibility: Must meet 3 conditions: More than 50% of eligible revenue

comes from the tourism/entertainment sector, a 12-month average revenue drop of at least 40% from March 2020 to February 2021, and a claim period revenue drop of at least 40%.

  Timeline: Effective until May 7, 2022.

o   OR qualify under the Local Lockdown Program

  Available for eligible organizations, regardless of the sector (organizations do
      not need to be in the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, and recreation
      sectors.)

  Eligibility: Must meet 2 conditions: Organization was affected by a

qualifying public health restriction and a claim period revenue drop of at least
40%.

  PROPOSED CHANGES: Include employers subject to capacity-limiting
      restrictions of 50% and reduce the current-month revenue decline threshold
      requirement to 25%

  Eligible employers will receive wage and rent subsidies from 25% up
      to a maximum of 75%, depending on their degree of revenue loss.

  Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program

o   Organizations that do not qualify for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery program
      may qualify for funding.

o   Eligibility: Must meet 2 conditions: a 12-month average revenue drop of at least

50% from March 2020 to February 2021 and have a claim period revenue drop of at
least 50%.

o   Timeline: Effective until May 7, 2022.

  Canada Recovery Hiring Program

o   Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either the higher of the Canada
      Recovery Hiring Program or the wage portion of the Tourism and Hospitality
      Recovery Program or the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program.

o   Timeline: Effective until May 7, 2022.​​​​​​

Other Business Supports

     Jobs and Growth Fund

o   Eligible businesses, not-for-profits, and indigenous organizations may be eligible for
      funding to support the transition to a green economy, activities supporting an
      inclusive recovery, digital adoption projects, and projects supporting Canada’s
      economic growth.

o   Eligibility: Interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50% of eligible costs and
      eligible not-for-profit organizations could receive non-repayable contributions for up
      to 90% of eligible costs.

  Indigenous clients may be eligible for 100% of eligible project costs for
      projects.

o   Timeline: Applications are accepted on a continuous intake basis until funding is
      allocated.

o   Click here to contact a FedNor Officer for further details on eligibility and how to
      apply.

     Work-Sharing Program

o   A Work-Sharing agreement is a 3-party agreement involving employers, employees,
      and Service Canada to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when: there is a
      temporary decrease in the normal level of business activity, and the decrease is
      beyond the control of the employer

o   Special measures for COVID-19 include extending the duration of agreements by an
      additional 38 weeks. That brings the total to 76 weeks (regardless of how many
      weeks a business has used before March 14, 2020) followed by a possible new 26-
      week subsequent agreement. Additional flexibility during COVID-19 is provided.

o   Timeline: Special COVID-19 measures are in effect until September 24, 2022.

  Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

o   Organizations operating in the tourism, restaurant, and in-person services may be
      eligible for guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover
      operational cash flow needs.

o   Eligibility: Organization’s financial institution will determine eligibility based on the
      eligibility criteria.

o   Timeline: Applications open until March 31, 2022.

  Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

o   Eligible large employers may qualify for bridge financing to meet needs that are not
      being met with conventional financing.

o   Eligibility: Organization has a significant impact on Canada’s economy,

demonstrates approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues, and requires a minimum loan size of about $60 million.

Indigenous

  Indigenous Community Business Fund

o   Indigenous business owners can apply for non-repayable financial contributions to
      support their organizations impacted by COVID-19.

o   Timeline: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis until funding is allocated.

o   Email: aadnc.ledontario.aandc@canada.ca

o   Telephone: 647-920-9516

  Indigenous Community Support Fund

o   Indigenous leadership and organization can apply for funding to design and
      implement community-based projects to assist with COVID-19.

o   Timeline: The request process for needs-based support recently reopened.

  For formula-based funding allocated directly to First Nation, Inuit, and Métis
      Nation communities, there is no deadline or request process. The funding is
      flowing through existing agreements.

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