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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter September 24th, 2020

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A Message from Dana Burdenuk, General Manager:


Good afternoon,
We're pleased to announce some of our Fall 2020 virtual events with topics including free WSIB resources and consulting available for small businesses, efficiencies and cost savings to help improve your business's bottom line, and resilient leadership. Check out the "Upcoming Events" section below for our September and October sessions and register on our events page. We look forward to seeing you there!
The COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate economic impact on women, with women’s labour participation rate falling to its lowest in 30 years. Some economists are calling this a “she-cession,” as more women have lost their jobs, and fewer women than men are re-gaining employment as the economy reopens. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has released its latest report, The She-Covery Project: Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario. This brief lays out a path to Ontario’s “she-covery” by offering practical recommendations to confront both immediate and longer-term challenges.
Recent reports from McKinsey and Company and RBC estimate that, by 2026, Canada could add in excess of $100 billion to its annual GDP by supporting women’s participation in the workforce. This number is simply too big to ignore and too important a piece in our overall recovery puzzle. Women’s active participation in the labour market is a prerequisite to a full and safe economic recovery. What’s in your plan? Read the OCC's She-Covery Project report here.
I'm excited to share our latest Member Moments video! I had the opportunity to sit down with Pam Stumpf, Owner of Refreshed and Refined, to learn more about her business, COVID management strategies, and her unique Chamber success story. Check out our interview here. Interested in participating? Email me at chamber@cwchamber.ca!
Keep healthy and please stay connected!

Thank you to those who attended our grr
Local Biz Night on September 16th!
There were 3 winners for the best win record for races 2 through 5, each winning a prize donated by M&M Food Market (Kate of KAS Accounting, Stephen from Elora Auto Supply, and Dale Sinstead of Schooley Mitchell). The winners of our Local Biz Night race, with horse #1 Ma Rabelle, were Mark & Nicole Martin of Mark Martin Complete Home Exteriors and Dale and his son Connor for Schooley Mitchell. Our two winning businesses each received a voucher for a free room rental at the new GrandWay space, donated by the Grand River Raceway, and a voucher from CWCC for a $50 membership credit and 3 months of complimentary advertising on our electronic sign!
A great night of teambuilding and networking at the Grand River Raceway!

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5 steps to manage your operations for the COVID-19 recovery
Follow this approach to successfully navigate the recovery
The COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for entrepreneurs, most of whom have been forced to slow down, or stop entirely, their activities in response to the public health crisis. Many of us are feeling cautious optimism towards the recovery that is beginning to take shape.
Read more here
Ontario Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth in Rural Communities
New targeted intake opens under the Rural Economic Development Program
The Ontario government is committing nearly $1 million in cost-share funding to help rural communities diversify their economies, retain skilled workers and create jobs.Today, details about the funding were released by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which is being provided through a new targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development program (RED). Read more here
Digital Main Street
Helping Main Street Go Digital
Digital Main Street is a program supported as part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. The program includes training and grant funding of up to $2,500 to help bring your business online or expand your digital footprint. Application deadline: October 31, 2020. Read more here
Starter Company+
Do you need assistance with launching your own business, or help growing your existing small business?
Starter Company Plus is an advanced four month program is designed to identify pain points within your business; define and design a customized implementation plan matched with up to $5000 in grant money to remedy your problems so you can get back to building your business! Registration deadline October 30. Read more here
COVID-19: CECRA for small businesses
CECRA for small businesses helps commercial tenants with rent relief
September extension now available for CECRA (Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program). Read more here
Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province
Province Takes Decisive Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Measures Table, is reducing limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province. Read more here
Premier Ford Presses Ottawa to Increase Funding for Ontario Priorities
Province Calls for Greater Federal Investments in Health Care and Infrastructure
Premier Doug Ford joined his fellow Premiers to press the federal government on critical priorities for the people of Ontario, including strengthening frontline health care and moving shovel-ready infrastructure projects forward. Read more here
Ontario Introduces Legislation to Freeze Residential Rent in 2021
Proposed Bill Would Also Support Small Businesses by Extending the Ban on Commercial Evictions
The Ontario government has introduced the Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act that would, if passed, freeze rent in 2021 for most rent-controlled and non-rent-controlled residential units. The bill would provide the vast majority of Ontario's tenants with financial relief as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery. Read more here
Health Preparedness and Rebuilding the Economy Top Priorities in Ontario's Fall Legislative Agenda
Priorities Will Advance the Government’s Plan for Growth, Renewal and Long-Term Recovery
The Ontario government is returning to the legislature today, ready to continue implementing its made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and long-term recovery. The government's fall legislative agenda will build on the work undertaken over the summer, focusing on job creation, skills training, attracting investment, strengthening communities, and fortifying the front lines of the province's health care system. Read more here
Ontario Presses Ottawa to Increase Share of Health Funding
Fair and Flexible Federal Funding Needed to Fight COVID-19, Modernize Long-Term Care, and Build Critical Infrastructure
Premier Doug Ford is pressing the federal government to immediately lay out a plan to fund provincial priorities, including responding to future waves and surges of COVID-19, strengthening health and long-term care, increasing testing and quarantine enforcement at the border, and making strategic investments in infrastructure projects to spur long-term recovery. Read more here
Ontario Set to Employ the Largest Number of Labour Inspectors in Provincial History
New Inspectors will help Keep Workers Safe on the Job during COVID-19
The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever before in the province's history. Read more here
Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies
Up to 60 Ontario Pharmacies to Offer Testing by Appointment Starting Friday
The Ontario government is providing people with convenient and timely access to free COVID-19 testing at pharmacies in the province. As of Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks. This initiative will expand testing capacity well beyond the province's 150 assessment centres. Read more here
COVID-19: CECRA for small businesses
CECRA for small businesses helps commercial tenants with rent relief
September extension now available for CECRA (Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program). Read more here

Upcoming Events

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.

CWCC October Virtual Breakfast Webinar
"Efficiencies & Cost Savings for Businesses"
Wednesday, October 28, 8:30-9:30am
JSMD Logistics Inc.
Schooley Mitchell
Members $21, Non-member $25
Registration includes a $15 gift card from The Gorge Country Kitchen
More details to follow, register here

Exclusive Member Benefits



Support your fellow Chamber members like Grand River Raceway - Meetings & Events Services and offer a Member 2 Member Discount!  Receive 25% off any weekday room rental.
For more info contact Jacqueline Lapointe or Dani Patton, Events & Experience Coordinators - bookings@grandriverraceway.com or 519-846-5455 ext. 288   
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

Habitat for Humanity Wellington Dufferin Guelph - Cityview Village fundraising campaign
Cityview Village is a 28-unit multi-residential affordable housing development. But it is more than this. It is also a community for change. No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to feel the strength, stability and self-reliance that owning a home provides. And now, in 2020, this project is nearing completion. Read more here.
Upcoming Blood Donation Event - September 24th, 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!
2nd Annual Tour de Elora Fundraiser to support the Grand River Cancer Centre
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold our traditional stationary bike-a-thon in-person. Instead, we will be hosting the 10 for 10. We are aiming to collectively reach 10,000 KM by cycling, walking or running and raise $10,000 during the month of October for the cancer centre. Read more here
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