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CWCC COVID-19 Government Updates June 4, 2020

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CENTRE WELLINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PROVIDES COVID-19 GOVERNMENT UPDATES

 

Open Letter To The Prime Minister From The Six Largest Business Associations

As provinces and territories begin to reopen, Canada must prepare to transition to economic stimulus and getting Canadians back into the workforce while ensuring their health and safety. The goal should be to encourage investment and business activities that will generate federal and provincial/territorial revenue, thereby helping to offset the extraordinarily high levels of public spending required during the pandemic.  Read more here


Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30

Extension Key to Protecting Ontarians as Province Safely Reopens

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way. Read more here


Ontario Extending Infectious Disease Emergency Leave for Workers during COVID-19

New Regulation will protect employees from permanent layoffs and businesses from potential closures

The Ontario government is taking steps to help ensure that as the economy gradually and safely reopens workers will have jobs to return to and businesses will be protected from incurring unsustainable termination costs. Click here to read more.


Ontario Celebrates Local Agri-food Heroes

Local food report highlights those who are keeping food on store shelves and kitchen tables during COVID-19 outbreak

The Ontario government is celebrating local agri-food heroes who have stepped up to ensure the province's food supply chain remains strong during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here


New interactive tool: Canadian Economic Dashboard

Statistics Canada recently released the Canadian Economic Dashboard and COVID-19. In response to an urgent need to provide information on the economic impacts of COVID-19, the new dashboard provides 16 indicators to help monitor the impact of the pandemic on economic activity in Canada. These indicators are taken from a range of monthly data programs—real gross domestic product, consumer prices, employment, merchandise exports and imports, retail sales, hours worked, manufacturing sales, air and railway transportation, and travel.


Small Business Relief Fund

Applications are now open for the Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) Small Business Relief Fund! Grants are being offered to Canadian small businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to help them recover and support their resilience. These grants will be offered as a one-time payment of $10,000 to 62 businesses across the country. Applications are being accepted until Friday, June 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Learn more and apply here


Ontario Supports Those Struggling with Electricity Bills during COVID-19

New Initiatives Help Keep Rates Stable and Affordable, while Offering Greater Choice

The Ontario government announced that it will continue to support provincial electricity consumers by providing stability and greater customer choice, while helping those struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here


Prime Minister announces support to help communities create jobs and restart the economy

As we continue to focus on the health and safety of all Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also taking immediate action to support small towns and big cities across the country to restart the economy, and create good, well-paying jobs. Read more here


Creating an Ontario that is Accessible and Inclusive for Everyone

The Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, issued the following statement to recognize National AccessAbility Week, read statement here


Celebrating Seniors in Ontario

Everyone urged to stay in touch with older adults, especially during COVID-19

Today, Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, released the following statement:

"As we take this opportunity to mark Seniors' Month, we recognize that these are very challenging times for seniors as they continue to self-isolate due to the risk of COVID-19. Read more here

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