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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter July 9th, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,
Will you be joining us on July 23rd for our Awards of Excellence Drive-In Movie Event in the Grand River Raceway parking lot to recognize and celebrate our fantastic business community? We're thrilled to be creating a unique, fun, and safe way to recognize individuals and businesses that have made a significant and lasting contribution to the people of the Township of Centre Wellington.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, partners, staff, and volunteers for making this possible! We couldn't do this without you.
I'd also like to congratulate and recognize all nominees for your significant achievements! I'm really looking forward to seeing our awards recipients announced and celebrated on the big-screen (and yes...it's 40 feet big!).
We do have a few parking spots still available, but they're going fast! Email Sally at events@cwchamber.ca to reserve your tickets. Event details can be found here . Hope to see you there!
Keep healthy and please stay connected!


Please click here for a copy of the
2020 CWCC AGM minutes
Exciting new Economic Recovery initiatives announced 
Council unanimously supported the creation of the “Support Local Centre Wellington” Recovery Grant Program, directing staff to negotiate an agreement with the Wellington Waterloo Community Futures to deliver this exciting new program, designed to assist local business in their recovery and re-opening.
Staff have been working to support local businesses through a number of initiatives including the development of the Economic Recovery Subcommittee, through the Economic Development Task Force. Read more here
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
(CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 extended by one month. Read more here
Ontario Supporting Restaurants as Province Safely Reopens
New and Amended Emergency Orders Will Help Establishments Expand Patios Faster
The Ontario government is helping restaurant and bar owners reopen and safely serve more customers by issuing a new emergency order and amending another under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which will allow municipalities to quickly pass temporary bylaws for the creation and extension of patios and allow covered outdoor dining areas to serve customers. Read more here
Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Public Health as Economy Reopens
Proposed Bill Would Provide Flexibility to Address the Ongoing Threat of COVID-19
The Ontario government introduced proposed legislation that, if passed, would give the province the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed legislation is part of the government's plan for the continued safe and gradual reopening of the province once the declaration of emergency ends. Read more here
Government Proposes Made-in-Ontario Plan for Growth, Renewal and Economic Recovery
Measures Would Help Deliver Critical Infrastructure Projects Faster
The Government of Ontario has developed a made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery. This plan includes measures that would make it easier and faster to build provincial highways, major transit infrastructure projects and quality, affordable housing, while ensuring there are meaningful opportunities for community consultation and input. Read more here
Ontario Launches Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces
Real-Time Courses Make It Easier for People to Get Essential Qualifications
As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is investing $3 million to provide free online health and safety training for the first time. These virtual courses will make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practising physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Read more here
Service Canada begins the gradual and safe reopening of in-person locations across the country
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadians at every stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, and recognizes that Service Canada Centres offer one of the many important ways Canadians can access critical supports. Throughout the pandemic, the Government has taken concrete steps to ensure Canadians can continue to access the services and benefits they are entitled to in a way that respects public health guidelines and keeps Canadians safe. Read more here
Ontario Extends Emergency Orders
Province Maintains Flexibility to Protect Public Health as Economy Gradually Reopens
The Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work. Read more here

Renewing Members

Ariss Valley Golf and Country Club
Bill Longshaw Photography
Bridge Street Family Dentistry
Community Living Guelph Wellington
Dreamland Pet and Equine
Drimmie Florist
Elora Apothecary (Pharmasave)
Elora BIA
Elora Gorge Animal Hospital
Elora Physiotherapy
Fergus Printing Inc.
Gerries Garden Centre & Farm Market
Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph
Hear Well Be Well
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Keltech Signs Ltd.
Liberty Tax Service
LittleTree Garden Market
Northstar Wealth Management
Pine Meadows Retirement Community
Polycorp Ltd.
Sunrise Advice Council
The Farquharson Team, Remax Real Estate Centre Inc.
Upper Grand Refrigeration, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

Upcoming Events

Now more than ever, we feel it is so important to recognize the Centre Wellington business community and all that it stands for. The nominations were in and adjudication was complete in early March, all that is left is presenting the awards, and we have found a creative way to do just that!
We have received approval from the OPP and Public Health, which we are very excited about, and are thrilled to be able to move forward with the
Awards of Excellence - Drive-in Evening
Event Details:
Thursday July 23
8pm to 11pm
at the Grand River Raceway parking lot
To review the event details and the list of nominees, please click here.
There are a limited number of (staggered and generously spaced!) parking spots remaining! If you would like to reserve a spot and purchase tickets ($25 +hst per person), please email events@cwchamber.ca.

Exclusive Member Benefits

fde5182f-4f27-4be0-b...FEATURED MEMBER 2 MEMBER DISCOUNT
Support your fellow Chamber members like 
The Chanticleer Shop offers to Pay The Tax!"
For more information: Paula Armstrong,  paula@marskell.com , 519-846-8796
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.

Members Helping Members

Fergus-Elora Rotary Club has generously donated a number of 50-pack boxes of disposable face masks to our CW Chamber office for distribution to local businesses to help with recovery and reopening during COVID-19.
The masks are located at our Chamber office at 400 Tower St. S. Please contact us at  membership@cwchamber.ca  to arrange a time to pick up a box if you require masks.
Our sincere thanks go out to the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club for this act of kindness to our business community.

The Big Assist
On August 21st, The McGinn Brothers Big Game will be hosting "The Big Assist", an all day radio-a-thon and fun day full of community events in support of 10 local charities in Centre Wellington. Read more here

Free Same Day Mental-Health Clinic Coming to Harriston, Surrounding Area
Thanks to a grant through the Emergency Community Support Fund from United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin, the town of Harriston and the surrounding area in Minto County will now have access to 100% fully funded same day mental-health services through Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington (FCSSGW). Read more here

Member Milestones & Community Support

The Big Spend is a one-day, buy local event designed to help revive Canada’s economy.  On July 25, take action & help the nation’s post COVID-19 rebuilding process. We encourage everyone to make an intentional purchase at one of our many local small businesses or buy a gift card at shoplocalcw.ca on July 25th! Read more here
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