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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter July 29th, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:

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Good afternoon,
 
With our region now in Stage 3 of economic recovery, I’m pleased to let you know that our Chamber office has officially re-opened! While we’ve been working remotely for the past 4 months, our team is excited to be back together in the office again! 
 
We do have new safety policies, procedures, and limitations in place to ensure our own and our visitors' safety. Any meetings held in our office will be by appointment only . We ask you to please let us know in advance if you need to visit our office in person so we can plan for your visit and let you know about our new safety protocols. If you're already in the parking lot, please call our office number 519-843-5140 from your vehicle so we can let you in! We’ll be limiting how many guests can be in the office at one time based on the size of our lobby and meeting spaces. Physical distancing procedures, use of hand sanitizer, and masks or face coverings are mandatory for in-person meetings.
 
We’ll continue to offer virtual meetings and events where possible to maximize safety and reduce the chance of COVID transmission. 
 
I'm excited to share two new programs with you that are available through the Chamber network to support local businesses:
 
The first is a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local.
Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC and other partners. Funds can be used for PPE, renovations, or e-commerce capabilities. Learn more at https://GoCanadaUnited.ca (and don't forget to hit "play" on the short video to help the grant funds grow!).
 
The second is the brand new Recovery Activation Program (RAP) that was created by the Toronto Region Board of Trade & World Trade Centre Toronto to provide support for businesse s to address the conditions that COVID-19 has created. RAP is an immersive, online program focused on helping businesses accelerate recovery by enhancing digital connectivity.
 
With the support of a $7.7 million investment from the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario, RAP is now expanding to businesses of all sizes throughout the province. CWCC is a marketing partner for RAP, helping to ensure that local businesses from our community can benefit from the customized services, workshops, and mentorship that this complimentary program offers. The program brings $40K in training at no cost to your business !
 
Interested in learning more? Click here to sign up today.
 
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me any time with questions or comments at chamber@cwchamber.ca.
 
Keep healthy and please stay connected!
 

Advocacy

Bill C-20, an Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received Royal Ascent
Changes introduced in the bill ensure that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will allow the extension of the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until November 21, 2020. The subsidy will be more accessible to a broader range of employers by providing a gradually decreasing base subsidy to all eligible employers that are experiencing a decline in revenues. This will help many struggling employers with less than a 30-per-cent revenue loss get support to keep and bring back workers, while also ensuring those who have previously benefited could still qualify, even if their revenues recover and no longer meet the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold. The bill also introduces a top-up subsidy of up to an additional 25 per cent for employers that have been most adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3
More Businesses and Services Across the Province Can Safely Reopen on Friday
The Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday, increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will reopen across the province. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower or low transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing. Read more here and here.
Ontario Provides Additional Support for Farmers
Government Delivers Early on Expanded Risk Management Program
The Ontario government is expanding the Risk Management Program a year earlier than planned by $50 million for a total of $150 million annually. This funding supports farmers with unforeseen challenges such as fluctuating market prices, extreme weather events like flooding or drought, and disease. Read more here
Ontario Extends Emergency Orders
Extensions Protect Health and Safety as Economy Gradually Reopens
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended most emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) until July 29, 2020. Read more here
Ontario Takes Steps to Strengthen Consumer Protection
New Act will promote confidence for those purchasing a home and other products
Earlier this week, the Ontario legislature approved Bill 159, the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act. Once in force, it will promote higher quality new home construction and reduce defects and warranty claims, while better protecting consumers from bad actors in the marketplace.
Province Supports Development of Made-in-Ontario N95 Respirators
Building Homegrown Manufacturing Capacity Vital in Fight against COVID-19
The Ontario government is providing Cambridge-based Eclipse Innovations Inc. with $1,408,475 from the Ontario Together Fund to scale up its operations to manufacture made-in-Ontario N95 masks. These masks are an essential piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) used to protect workers in healthcare and industrial settings. Read more here

 

Event Recap

 

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THANK YOU so much to all of you who joined us last week for our Drive-in Style Awards Gala! While it got quite chilly, we are certainly glad that it didn't rain, and we truly appreciated your ongoing enthusiasm, adjusted applause aka honking(!), and participation.
 
For those who were not able to join us, we missed you! We will be continuing to post photos on our Facebook page for you to check out.
 
To our nominees, congratulations again! Recognizing your achievements is something that we take very seriously and we were so thrilled to be able to make this event happen this year.
 
To our winners, many congratulations! Please send us a photo or two of you with your award ... outside of the bubble wrap!! ... for us to share!
 
To our volunteers, there are not enough extra bags of popcorn in the office to thank you for all of your efforts last week and in the months leading up and the weeks we have spent adjusting the event! Thank you!
 
And lastly, to our sponsors, this event can't exist without you and we are so grateful for your ongoing support and your willingness to support the adjusted version!
 
Presenting Sponsor : OLG
 
Platinum Sponsor : Township of Centre Wellington
 
Venue Sponsor: The Grand River Raceway
 
Specialty Sponsors:
Burke's Tent Rentals
Mallot Creek Group
RLB LLP
Skyline Group of Companies
 
Diamond Sponsors:
Baker Tilly
BDO
Bensol
EFG
Grand River Agricultural Society
Highland Pines
Heritage River
RBC
Rotary Club Fergus Elora
SV LAW
TD Canada Trust
The Ostic Group
Wightman
 
Sapphire Sponsors:
Beyond Rewards
CW Hydro
Dan Allen Financial
Dar's Country Kitchen
Family Counselling & Support Services GW
Graham Giddy Funeral Home
Harrcroft Acres
M&M Food Market
Refreshed and Refined
Southern Belles Catering
 
Additional Sponsors:
Elora Distilling Company
Fergus Educational Services
 
Thank you again for your ongoing support of this event!
 

Exclusive Member Benefits

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Receive 25% off Marketing Services from NexGEN including online, branding and website design Or FREE Marketing Assessment of your business. For more information, contact Lori McCrae,  lori.mccrae@nexgenmarketing.ca
 
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.
 

New Tourism Marketing & Digital Support Program!

Announcing the launch of RTO4 Tourism Marketing & Digital Support Program!
 
Elora & Fergus Tourism is pleased to announced that RTO4 has launched a Tourism Marketing & Digital Support Program to assist tourism businesses in Waterloo, Wellington, Huron, and Perth County in improving and optimizing their digital assets and marketing capacity in response to COVID-19. The purpose of the program is to support local marketing activities, as well preparatory activity such as content acquisition, web design and social media management, etc., to help stakeholders in their recovery efforts and welcome tomorrow's traveler.
 
$100,000 in total is available for applicants to implement their digital marketing projects. Businesses are encouraged to submit applications to receive up to $2,500 in digital support toward the costs of content creation, digital assets, marketing, and/or digital tools.
Applications will be accepted starting August 5, 2020 for consideration on a first come first serve basis.
 
Applicant information can be found HERE on the RTO4 website along with the application  & program outline . For more information or questions pertaining to this offering, please reach out directly to Charlotte Moore or Leigh Cove  or contact Deb Dalziel @ the Elora Information Centre.
 
The Tourism Department is pleased to announce that the Elora Information Centre has re-opened for guest relations daily from 11AM-4PM. 
 
Tourism related documents: 
 
 

Member Milestones & Community Support

Outdoor Fitness Equipment coming to Forfar Park
A donation of $15,000 from Centre Wellington Remedy's Rx will see outdoor fitness equipment installed at Forfar Park in Fergus in the spring of 2021. Read more here
 
Upcoming Blood Donation Event - July 30, 2:30-7:30pm CW Community Sportsplex, Fergus.
Please note this is on an appointment-only basis at this time (unfortunately walk-ins will still not be accommodated). If you or anyone you know is able to come in and donate at this upcoming or future events in Fergus, please book your appointment online at blood.ca or call 1-888-2-donate!
 
The Elora Festival Online: Music For Everyone
The box office for the Elora Festival Online is now open, tickets are $20 per day, or you can purchase a Festival Pass for $50 for all three days. A link to the private broadcast will be included in your ticket information. The broadcasts will begin at 6:30pm every evening and will be available for viewing until August 20. Click here for Festival and ticket info.
 
Fergus Scottish Festival - Wee Digital Ceilidh & Paint the Town Tartan
August 7 - 9, 2020. Read more here
 
Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington (FCSSGW) is proud to announce their latest program - Free Anger Management Men’s Groups in Wellington County. FCSSGW is set to offer two 100% funded Men’s Emotional Regulation groups after receiving a grant from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, through United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin. Read more here
 

 

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