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Updated COVID 19 - Business Resource Information - Plus Community Resources

      

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

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.

 

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.

 

News

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

French

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 

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

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.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

 

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Members Only Town Hall meeting with MPP Steve Clark on Friday May 1, 2020

 

Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Chamber: Presents a Members Only Town Hall Meeting with MPP Steve Clark. We will be hosting this virtual meeting through Zoom Platform. Register Members and will receive the invitation details by Thursday April 30, 2020. Space is limited, we are asking Members to write their questions in the comment section of the registration or email directly to your respective Chambers: Amy Kirkland - amy@1000islandsganchamber.com or Pam Robertson – pjrobertson@brockvillechamber.com  With respect to time allotted for this Townhall, we will be forwarding your questions or concerns to MPP Clark in advance and also hoping to have time at the end of the Townhall to have questions from the floor.  

**** Brockville and District Chamber members, when you sign up for the Townhall Meeting you will be directed to the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chambers page, click on registration and then on the right side of the page click on register as a Non member. If you are a member of both chambers then you have your own log in for this site. Thank you*****

Click here to Register

Deadline for submission of questions/concerns: Thursday April 30 at  noon

 

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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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Members Only Town Hall meeting with MP Michael Barrett

 

 

 Dear Member,

 

 

Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Chamber: Presents a Members Only Town Hall Meeting with MP Michael Barrett. We will be hosting this virtual meeting through Zoom Platform. Register Members and will receive the invitation details by Thursday April 23, 2020. Space is limited, we are asking Members to write their questions in the comment section of the registration or email directly to your respective Chambers: Amy Kirkland - amy@1000islandsganchamber.com or Pam Robertson – pjrobertson@brockvillechamber.com  With respect to time allotted for this Townhall, we will be forwarding your questions or concerns to MP Barrett in advance and also hoping to have time at the end of the Townhall to have questions from the floor.  

Click here to Register

Deadline for submission of questions/concerns: Wednesday April 22 at 3pm.

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 The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Fragomen hosted a webinar on Immigration and Mobility Impacts.

 

 

Watch Now: OCC and Fragomen Webinar

 

 The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Fragomen hosted a webinar on Immigration and Mobility Impacts. We were joined by two Immigration Managers from Fragomen’s Toronto office who provided the most up-to-date immigration-related intelligence and compliance guidance.

 

Click here to watch and access the presentation deck here

 

 

 

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SIGN UP FOR THE APRIL 14 WEBINAR : UNDERSTANDING AND ACCESSING BCAP PROGRAMS AND CAPITAL LOANS DURING COVID-19

 

APRIL 14: UNDERSTANDING AND ACCESSING BCAP PROGRAMS AND CAPITAL LOANS DURING COVID-19

  • Join us on Tuesday, April 14 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm for a discussion on understanding and accessing the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) and capital loans during COVID-19.
    • On March 13, 2020the Government announced the BCAP to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty. The BCAP will support access to financing for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions. Learn more
  • During this event you will get to hear from three experts from some of Canada’s top institutions: Meridian, MNP and RBC, as they share the most up-to-date information on accessing the BCAP programs and capital loans.
  • Featured panelists:
    • Don Ludlow, Regional Vice President, Business Financial Services, RBC
    • Jason Teal, Vice President, Business Banking, Meridian
    • Dan Porter, Senior Vice President and Director Corporate Finance, MNP
  • Click here to register! Businesses of all industries and sizes are encouraged to attend.

 

 

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The OCC and MNP LLP hosted a webinar about everything you need to know regarding Business supports announced by the Federal and Provincial Governments to assist companies through the COVID-10 Pandemic

The federal and provincial governments have made a number of announcements over the last number of days about business supports designed to assist companies through the COVID-19 crisis. What do we know, and what details do we still need to know?

Businesses are looking for answers, and much is still a moving target. Most particularly, which companies are eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy of 75%? What is the application process, and how long is it likely to take?

 

The OCC and MNP LLP hosted a webinar about

everything you need to know regarding Business supports

announced by the Federal and Provincial Governments to assist

companies through the COVID-10 Pandemic. Click here to

watch and access the powerpoint here.

 

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BDC Webinar - How to cop with the impacts of COVID - 19 on your Business

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your Business

The spread of COVID-19 poses important challenges to Canadian businesses. With the situation constantly evolving, you need to be prepared for any disruptions. Join BDC experts as they share short-term economic perspectives and advice on how to manage through the crisis.

 

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TIAO (Tourism Industry Association of Ontario) Needs Your Input - Survey #3 and Results from Survey #1 and #2

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TIAO Survey 3.0 - We Need Your Input

During this challenging time, we are working with all of our tourism partners at a provincial and municipal level.

Help us build the most comprehensive picture of the latest developments on the front-line with the latest survey from TIAO. It's vital that you complete this survey so that we are able relay this information to the government.

Please note the survey will close on Monday April 6th at 8am so TIAO can collate and analyze the information before their weekly conference call with Minister MacLeod. Please identify that your business resides in RTO 9-South Eastern Ontario.

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration
during this difficult time.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Beth Potter From TIAO Introduces Survey 3.0

TAKE THE SURVEY

TIAO Survey # 1 Results

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TIAO Survey # 2 Results

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Ontario Government 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update


2020 ECONOMIC

AND FISCAL UPDATE

   
   

2020 Economic and Fiscal Update

In an effort to draw full attention to mitigating both the health and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario has elected to delay the release of its annual Budget. 

Instead, on March 25, the government released an economic and fiscal update entitled, “Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19,” which provides a one-year economic forecast and the government’s initial response plan to the COVID-19 crisis. The response plan consists of a proposed $17 billion package, with measures intended to complement the federal response. 

Note that we can expect a formal Budget no later than November 15, 2020.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY? 

BUSINESS SUPPORTS

The government announced plans to:

  • Defer $6 billion of provincially administered taxes (April 1 to August 31)
  • Defer $1.9 billion of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums and expenses for employers for 6 months
  • Work with municipal partners to defer $1.8 billion in property taxes for 90 days (including the provincial education tax)
  • Postpone the 2021 property tax reassessment 
  • Retroactively reduce the Employer Health Tax (EHT) and temporarily increase the exemption from $490,000 to $1 million
  • Help support regions lagging in employment growth with the proposed new Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit
  • Support energy affordability for small business, farm, and residential consumers with approximately $5.6 billion towards electricity cost relief programs in 2020-21, an increase of approximately $1.5 billion compared to the 2019 Budget plan

OTHER SUPPORTS

The government announced plans to:

  • Invest an additional $3.3 billion in health care resources beyond what was budgeted last year. This includes:
    • $935 million towards the hospital sector
    • $160 million towards public health funding to support COVID-19 monitoring, surveillance, testing, and Telehealth Ontario
    • $243 million for surge capacity in the long-term care sector
    • $75 million to supply personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies to front-line staff
  • Provide $26 million in additional support to Indigenous peoples and communities 
  • Help families pay for the extra costs associated with school and daycare closures by providing a one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those under 21 with special needs
  • Double the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payment for low-income seniors for six months
  • Defer loan payments and interest accrual for six months for Ontario Student  Assistance Program (OSAP) borrowers


Read the OCC's full rapid policy update and read Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update)

If you have any questions about the rapid policy update, please contact Ashley Challinor, VP of Policy

   
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INDUSTRY SURVEY DUE BY 8:00 AM MONDAY MARCH 23, 2020



 
 
 

SECOND PHASE COVID-19  

INDUSTRY SURVEY NOW OPEN 

In cooperation with partners, members, stakeholders and the office of Minister Lisa MacLeod, TIAO has today released an updated COVID-19 industry survey.

The updated survey marks a shift in focus from measuring the broad impact of COVID-19 on the industry, to measuring the specific economic impact of the disruption on the ground to help shape an economic recovery package.

The survey asks about cancellations, lay-offs and temporary or permanent closures caused by COVID-19.

The survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXC9Y6

Please take a moment to complete the survey, email it to your members and share it with your partners and stakeholders.

Please put the link on your website, social media channels and any other ways you think will help drive traffic to the survey.

A larger sample size means we will paint a much more reflective picture of the economic impacts COVID-19 is having on the front-line and, in turn, a recovery plan that meets those challenges.

Please note the survey will close at 8am on Monday 23rd March so that we can collate and analyze the information before our weekly conference call with Minister MacLeod.

Please ensure that when sharing the survey you include the closing date prominently.

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration during this difficult time.

The TIAO team

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