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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter August 27th, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,
I'm thrilled to introduce a brand new CWCC Affinity Program with JSMD Logistics Inc., a local, full-service logistics provider and proud CW Chamber member. JSMD Logistics helps you to manage and simplify your shipping processes so you can focus on growing your business, not on frustrating shipments! As a member of CWCC, you will receive preferential pricing with JSMD Logistics. See how JSMD Logistics Inc. can improve your LTL, FTL, and small package courier services. Contact Roger or Rebekah at info@jsmdlogstics.com or 1-877-218-6994. Details on all CWCC Affinity Programs can be found on our website here.
And speaking of supporting local, did you know that there are two amazing shop & support local campaigns happening in Centre Wellington right now?
  1. #SupportLocalCW Contest: shop at a local establishment, take your picture outside the store holding your purchase and post it on the Township's SupportLocalCW Facebook page.There are two winners of $50 gift cards weekly. The contest began on July 13th on Facebook and was made possible through the generous donation of $500 by the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora.
  2. #GoCanadaUnited: Canada United is a nationwide campaign and small business recovery grant program funded by RBC and 70 other leading Canadian organizations in collaboration with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
  • This weekend, August 28-30, is dedicated to supporting local businesses with $250,000 in cash prizes for consumers to be won by shopping and dining locally this weekend and entering the contest here.
  • Starting Monday, August 31st, eligible businesses can apply to the Small Business Relief Fund program, with grants available up to $5,000, intended to help offset costs related to COVID19. Details on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here and also in our Chamber social media posts and email blasts.
Happy shopping and dining!
Keep healthy and please stay connected!


60 per cent of restaurants could close permanently in next three months, warns Canadian Chamber
More than 60 per cent of Canada’s restaurants risk having to close their doors permanently by November, according to government data.
The Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), produced by Statistics Canada with support from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, found that 29% of accommodation and food service businesses cannot operate at all with social distancing measures in effect. A further 31% will only able to remain operational for up to 90 days with distancing measures in effect. In other words, up to 60% of the industry could fail within three months. Read more here at OurRestaurants.ca
Leadership in Action: Council for Women’s Advocacy (CWA)
Growth can best be achieved by ensuring people from all economic sectors, all regions and all backgrounds can take part in, and benefit from, a healthy, innovative economy. This means creating diversified and inclusive workplaces in which individual differences and the contributions of all employees are recognized and valued. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace fosters creative thinking, innovation and problem solving—providing organizations—and the country—a competitive advantage. Read more here
Ontario and Municipalities Work Towards a Strong Economic Recovery
Successful AMO conference demonstrates critical partnership
The Ontario government joined hundreds of municipal officials for a successful virtual 2020 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference this week. It demonstrated the critical partnership between the province and municipalities and the willingness to work towards a safe and strong economic recovery. Read more here
Covid-19 Impact on Business Closures in Non-Metro Ontario
A new special issue entitled Business closures in non-metro Ontario to April, 2020 is now available. The factsheet shows that in non-metro Ontario, from January to April, 2020, the number of active businesses declined by 5,800 businesses – a decline of 12%, marginally less than the 13% decline in metro areas. This decline was due to 18% fewer businesses openings and 243% more business closures. Read more here
Ontario Extends Orders Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020
Extensions needed to address ongoing risks of COVID-19 as province reopens
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA). The extensions provide the government with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and ensure important measures remain in place to protect vulnerable populations, such as seniors, people with developmental disabilities and those with mental health and addiction issues. Read more here
Ontario Supporting Agricultural and Rural Fall Fairs and Exhibitions
Funding committed to offset lost income from the cancellation of fall activities and events
The Ontario government is expanding eligibilty for agriculture societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses due to the cancellation of fall fairs, exhibitions and activities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. For this year only, nearly $1 million will be made available to all qualifying agricultural and horticultural societies to help ensure operations. Read more here
Delivering High-Speed Internet with first connections in Wellington County
Faster, Reliable Internet will Create Jobs and Opportunities in Rural and Remote Ontario
Canada and Ontario are delivering on their commitment to create even more economic and educational opportunities in rural, remote and underserved areas of the province through an improved, modern broadband network in Southwestern Ontario. Today, the province celebrated the first customers to receive high-speed internet in Wellington County through the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project. Read more here
Ontario Partners with Federal Government and 3M Canada on New N95 Respirator Manufacturing Facility
Expanded Manufacturing Facility Will Secure Domestic Supply Well into the Future
The Ontario and federal governments are partnering with 3M Canada to expand its Brockville, Ontario manufacturing facility to produce made-in-Ontario N95 respirators. Both levels of government are investing $23.33 million to support 3M's capital investment of $70 million. The expanded facility will produce enough respirators to meet private sector, provincial and North American market demand throughout the pandemic and beyond. Read more here
Ontario Expands Indoor Capacity for Meeting and Event Facilities
Province also eases contact information requirements for bars and restaurants
The Ontario government is safely reopening more of the economy by easing restrictions for facilities that rent out professional meeting and event spaces. Beginning August 21, 2020, facilities can have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility. The facility would have to adhere to a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Read more here
CERB extended from 24 weeks to 28 weeks
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides temporary income support to workers who have stopped working related to COVID-19.Individuals who are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits, or who have recently exhausted Employment Insurance regular or fishing benefits may also be eligible. Read more here
Government extends Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy support for furloughed employees for four weeks
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and protect jobs during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to better position them for a strong economic recovery. Read more here
Additional Funds Enhance Ontario's Robust Back-to-School Plan
Funding will be used to complement provincial health and safety measures already in place
The Ontario government's back-to-school plan, developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, is being further enhanced by additional federal investments and resources to support the return to class in the fall. Today's federal announcement provides $381 million to Ontario, on top of the nearly $900 million provided by the province to support provincial back-to-school plans. Read more here


Upcoming Events

Ribbon Cutting
August 29th 11am
735 Tower St. S., Fergus
We are excited to announce the ribbon cutting of Brighten Up. Read more here for details on their exciting celebration. Join us to celebrate with them! Register here.
CWCC Local Biz Night at the Grand River Raceway
September 16th
5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Bring your friends, family or co-workers and have a FUN and SAFE night of Networking and Horse Racing!!
Tickets include:
  • Dinner catered by Hangry Harry's Food Truck
  • Your business gets a horse assigned to cheer for in the Local Biz Night Race at 9 pm!
  • Official Photo with your group
  • Reserved seating for Local Biz Night attendees
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Food will be available at 6:00 pm
  • Racing starts at 6:30 pm with the Local Biz Night Race happening at 9 pm
Cost $45 per person, plus tax
Get your tickets today here.
Venue Generously Sponsored by the Grand River Raceway.
Meet the Employer Advisor
by Beyond Rewards Inc. Human Resource Consulting
Find out how to get assistance with your WSIB Program (Online Event)
September 30th, 8:30am
Speaker: Jessica Persaud
Jessica Persaud is an Employer Specialist with the Office of the Employer Adviser, an arm's length agency of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Serving Waterloo Region and Wellington/Grey/Bruce/Huron counties. As an Employer Specialist, she provides advice, education and representation to smaller employers regarding issues related to Workplace Safety and Insurance.
She brings over 20 years of experience of representing both employers' and workers' rights and responsibilities under the Workplace Safety & Insurance System in Ontario. Prior to joining the Ministry in 2007, she worked as an advocate and program co-ordinator for a small not-for profit registered charitable organization. She is
also paralegal in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
Jessica resides in the beautiful Hespeler Village in Cambridge Ontario, with her partner Ian, their 3 wonderful children Owen, Logan and Simone, and a very rambunctious cat.
This webinar will also be joint with the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Minto Chamber of Commerce.

Exclusive Member Benefits

CWCC members will receive preferential pricing with JSMD Logistics, a local, full-service logistics provider and proud CWCC member. JSMD_Logo_Blue_HiRes

See how JSMD Logistics can help you manage, simplify and improve your shipping processes, including LTL, FTL, and small package courier services at https://www.jsmdlogistics.com/. Contact Roger or Rebekah at info@jsmdlogstics.com or 1-877-218-6994.
Details on all CWCC Affinity Programs can be found on our website here.

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Member Milestones & Community Support

Upcoming Blood Donation Event - August 27th, 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!
Pedal for Portage September 14 - 20, 2020
Virtual event! It's important we all stay mentally and physically fit now more than ever. With this in mind, we want you to enjoy YOUR ROUTE, on YOUR TIME, in YOUR LOCATION in support of Portage. Portage Ontario will host the 3rd annual cycling event, but with a new spin. Join the challenge, and choose from walking, running or pedalling for Portage. Help us build on the incredible success of last year’s inaugural ride and grow the event with participants all over Ontario. Together we will bring awareness to the issue of youth addiction and the Portage Residential Treatment Centre in Elora, to ensure vulnerable youth in need of substance treatment can access it immediately, and free of cost. Read more here
Guelph Storm Hockey has put together an opportunity called “Adopt a Charity” for businesses to support, and help create options for families, children, seniors and people with development disabilities in support of our local charities. Please click here for more info, or contact Lynn Vanschaik at lvanschaik@guelphstorm.com (519)-837-9690 ext.106).
Guelph and Wellington County Launch Digital Service Squad to Help Small Businesses Adopt Online Technologies
Business Centre Guelph-Wellington, in partnership with the Downtown Guelph Business Association, Wellington County, Township of Centre Wellington, and the BIAs of Elora, Fergus and Erin/Hillsburg, has received a $115,000 grant from Digital Main Street Ontario provided by FedDev Ontario. Read News Release


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