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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter June 11th, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,


With Premier Ford's announcement this week about further reopening Ontario's economy by public health region, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph has been given the go-ahead to move into Stage 2 as of Friday, June 12th. This raises many questions for our local businesses as you prepare to safely reopen with the required health and safety policies and precautions in place for your staff, customers, and the public. Please check out CWCC's COVID-19 Business Resources Portal to access our "Returning to Work Safely Toolkit" where you'll find the detailed lists of Stage 1 and 2 openings by region, sector-specific safety guidelines, posters, our local PPE supplier list, and more!


I also invite you to read RBC's Small Business, Big Pivot: A devastating downturn, and how Canadian enterprises can transition - an economic research report outlining how the landscape has shifted for small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report includes a tangible plan with 5 ways to help small businesses thrive in a post-pandemic economy. Read the report here.


Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has issued a class order effective Friday, June 12, 2020 requiring commercial establishments providing goods and services to the public to provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer for public use at all entrances and exits, and require customers and employees to wear a mask or face covering. This raises a number of other questions for our local business community. We're pleased to be partnering with Beyond Rewards HR and the Minto Chamber of Commerce to host an Open Forum on June 17th with speakers from WDG Public Health, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development from both Health & Safety and Employment Standards. This is a great opportunity to engage directly with WDG Public Health and MLTSD to address your questions. Please click here to register.


Keep healthy and please stay connected!



Yesterday should have been CWCC's Annual Golf Day. Due to current circumstances, it was postponed but we would like your thoughts on rescheduling and hosting an adjusted version of the Golf Day.

  • Anticipated timing would be September
  • We do not anticipate being able to have live sponsor presence on the course
  • Other adjustments TBD, but we would not be able to deliver the lunch and supper in the traditional group format

Please see below and share your opinion! We appreciate your help!

Have additional thoughts?! Email Sally at events@cwchamber.ca.

Your Involvement with the CWCC Golf Tournament - Which one describes you best!

I don't golf so this event isn't a good fit for me. Select
I have played in this event before, but won't be able to make the time this year Select
I would be interested in playing in 2020, even with an adjusted (18 hole) format Select
Not much of a golfer, don't usually play, but I would if it was a 9 hole Select
Without the networking outside of my 4some, this event isn't a good fit for me Select



Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days
Restrictions Being Eased in Communities Where It Is Safe to Do So
The Ontario government announced that it is getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. Read more here
Ontario Extending Outdoor Patios to Allow for Social Distancing During COVID-19
The Ontario government will allow restaurants and bars to temporarily extend outdoor patio spaces to safely accommodate patrons and staff once licensed establishments are permitted to fully reopen for business. This action will help support hospitality sector workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more here

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Support Its Reopening Efforts
Province Extends the Suspension of Limitation Periods and Time Periods for Legal Proceedings until September

The Ontario government, after consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19, 2020. Read more here

Ontario Proposing Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions
Government to introduce changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act to protect small businesses

The Ontario government announced today that it intends to take action to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to the negative impacts of COVID-19. Read more here
Minister Ng announces government partnership with private sector campaign to help businesses reopen safely amid COVID-19
Small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has introduced a wide range of supports to help businesses pay and retain their employees and keep up with their operating expenses during this difficult time. Read more here

County Supports Section 22 Order From Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Medical Officer of Health

On June 8, the Government of Ontario announced its regional framework to re-open the economy in Phase 2 of its recovery plan. The Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Public Health service area is one of regions re-opening this Friday. Read more here

Upcoming Events

  • June 17 - Open Forum - Sector Changes During COVID-19
    • Join Beyond Rewards HR in partnership with Centre Wellington and Minto Chambers of Commerce in hosting an open forum with three speakers to speak on Health & Safety and Employment Standards.
    • The three speakers will be:
      • Christopher Beveridge from WDG Public Health
      • Andrew Selluski from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Western Region
      • Geoff Becker from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
    • We will come together to speak to you about current changes around COVID-19. Each featured speaker of this open forum will discuss briefly what has changed and new expectations from their sector for small businesses. If you have specific questions, we ask registrants to send questions in advance of the webinar to hr@beyondrewards.ca
    • To register and for more information, click here.


  • June 18 - Webinar: The Latest Updates on the Smart Cities and Our Food Future Initiatives
    • Learn about the County of Wellington's new curbside collection contract. The County of Wellington will discuss the exciting changes to the curbside collection, including the County's green bin programme, in addition to discussing elements of the Our Food Future initiative, the City of Guelph and County of Wellington partnership to create Canada's first circular food economy. Register here.


  • June 24 - Virtual AGM
    • Join us online for our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting! While we are sad to be missing breakfast at The Gorge, we hope you will bring your own breakfast and coffee and connect with us on Zoom on June 24 from 8am to 9:30am. This year's guest speaker is Senator Rob Black. Following the Senator's presentation, we will move into the formal AGM, providing a summary of our 2019-20 fiscal year. Only registered attendees will receive the Zoom link for the meeting, so please ensure you register here.

New Members


2737468 Ontario Inc

Renewing Members


Christopher J. Unruh Law Office

Cocoon Interiors

Cruise Holidays

7Seas2See Travel

Drexler Travel

Elements Casino Grand River

Fergus Optometry

Motion Electrical Contracting Ltd.


Refreshed & Refined Staging & Redesign

Robinson RV

Shaw Music

Shift: A Family Health Centre

Southern Belles Catering

Station Earth

Wise Crescent Inc.


Members Helping Members

Hand Sanitizer Available from new local member 2737468 Ontario Inc:
  • Big Bottles of Health Canada approved hand sanitizer for $15 each or $180/case.
  • Free drop-offs to businesses and flexible payment schedule available.
  • Contact Abbey Faris 
Will a Tent Make Re-Opening
Easier for Your Business?
Now that more businesses are able to re-open, Burkes's Tent Rentals has started to install tents - for restaurants to expand their patios, as customer pickup areas, and even as lunch rooms for larger teams to help with physical distancing.
If you think a tent can help you, reach out! info@burkesrentals.com

Exclusive Member Benefits

Support your fellow Chamber members like 
The Mortgage Centre  and offer
The Mortage Centre offers $500.00 towards legal costs for a lawyer of your choice when arranging your mortgage through the Mortgage Centre. For more information: 519- 763-3900 Ext: 1001 or  Email Sandra Lastovic
The Member 2 Member program can be an amazing way to network. We are always looking for members to get a M2M Discount.  Email your offer NOW !  to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Member Milestones & Community Support

Congratulations to Shoetopia for celebrating 10 years in Centre Wellington this past April!
Brighten Up Toys & Games Embraces the Challenge of their Fergus Opening During COVID-19
While COVID-19 restrictions continue to be important for the community, the fun and games must go on! In early March, just as concerns related to COID were emerging, Fergus’ beloved toy & game shop at 735 Tower Street South changed hands from Jesters Fun Factory to Brighten Up Toys & Games . New owners Chris and Stephanie Bailey have been working hard, along with their team, to introduce themselves to their new community while following precautions. Read more here
Donate blood in Fergus!
Centre Wellingotn Community Sports Plex, 550 Belsyde Avenue
Front Entrance Monday June 22, 2:30 - 7:30pm. Read more here
Groves Memorial Community Hospital (GMCH) will move to the newly built facility on August 9, 2020. Read more here




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