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CWCC COVID-19 Government Updates June 18, 2020

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CENTRE WELLINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PROVIDES COVID-19 GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS SUPPORT UPDATES

 

Ontario and Canada Helping Small Businesses Go Digital

$57 Million Investment in Digital Main Street Will Help Businesses Reopen, Recover and Grow Long after COVID-19
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform. It is a $57-million program which will help up to 22,900 Ontario businesses create and enhance their online presence and generate jobs for more than 1,400 students. Read more here

Health & Safety Signs and Posters available for businesses from WDG Public Health


PPE for Returing To Work


More People Can Get Back to Work as Additional Businesses and Services to Reopen This Week

Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 2 on Friday
More people will be able to get back to work as additional businesses and services in certain regions across Ontario can begin reopening this Friday. Read more here

Tax Payment Deferrals

COVID-19 has caused economic hardship for Centre Wellington individuals and businesses, for this reason, Council approved a property tax deferral and an updated Tax Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Amendment to ease the current financial burden. Read more here

Prime Minister announces extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

More Canadians are returning to work, but many people still face challenges due to COVID-19. As we begin to take steps to safely restart our economy, we will continue to support Canadians to protect their health and economic well-being. Read more here

Applications For Expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Beginning on Friday, businesses will be able to apply for the CEBA under the expanded criteria that had been previously announced to allow more businesses to qualify. The CEBA is available through your primary financial institution.  Read more here

Ontario Releases Guide on How to Develop a Workplace Safety Plan

New Toolkit Will Help Employers Create Safer Working Environments for Employees during COVID-19
The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province. Read more here

Ontarians Encouraged to Establish Social Circles

Creating a Close Group of up to 10 People Will Help Reduce Social Isolation
People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social "circle" of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing. Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, updated public health advice to come into effect immediately province-wide to allow social circles of up to 10 members, including those outside the immediate household. Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation. Read more here

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders

Province Focuses on Safe, Gradual Approach as Reopening Continues
The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This extension will be in effect until June 30, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support frontline health care workers and protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19. Read more here

DATA INNOVATION CRITICAL TO ONTARIO’S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its latest report,  In Data We Trust: Unlocking the Value of Data in Ontario . With the COVID-19 crisis rapidly transforming the modern economy, the report outlines the need for Ontario to unlock opportunities and manage the threats of its increasingly data-driven economy. Read more here

SOLIDARITY MARCH FOR #BLACKLIVESMATTER PLANNED FOR CW

A Solidarity March is being planned for Fergus this Saturday, June 20th. The event is called C.W Solidarity March For #BlackLivesMatter. The plan is for a peaceful march through town, starting at Victoria Park. On the event’s Facebook page, it describes this demonstration as a chance for the CW community to gather in solidarity for the lives lost to police brutality, systemic racism, and hatred. Read more here
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