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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter December 3rd, 2020

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A Message from Sally Litchfield, General Manager:

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I'm coming to you today live from what feels like Christmas Headquarters in our boardroom (and if you missed the earlier announcement, officially as the General Manager of CWCC)! We are getting into the Christmas spirit, as odd as it feels this year, and prepping for some festive initiatives!
 
Starting today, we have some Engagement Committee Elves out and about getting our #CWCCCandyCaneChain started! If you find yourself on the receiving end of one of our bags of candy canes, take one and pass it on... but not before snapping a quick selfie of course!
 
Next up on the advent calendar is our Virtual Holiday Cheer event, sponsored by The GrandWay, on December 8 from 4pm to 5pm. We are really excited to share that our CWCC team will be coming to you virtually, live, and from a few different rooms at The GrandWay Events Centre. Curious about what they've been building over there? Join us next week for a sneak peek! You can pre-order cookie decorating and/or gingerbread house kits by emailing us. Have some fun decorating with your bubble and show off on the call! There WILL be prizes (including a $50 gift basket from Edible Promotions that looks so good it may not make it through the week!) and lots of Christmas cheer!
 
And to close out the year, we are pairing a Shred It Event with a Food Drive! More details to come on that, but start sorting your paperwork ready for shredding on December 15.
 
We do continue to monitor the COVID19 legislation, requirements, and restrictions as they relate to the local business community. I did want to highlight that in order for organizations to be open, an Infectious Disease Program and Safety Plan with protocols must be in place, as well as workplace screening. If you need assistance with these or any other items, we are here and able to direct you to resources and information.
 
You can read more below in the Community Supports section, but I wanted to mention here that new grant funding has been announced through Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures (WWCF). WWCF has allotted $250,000 in grant funding to focus on providing technical and professional training/consulting services to help local small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Please don't hesitate to connect with us if there is anything we at CWCC can do to support you and/or your business!
 

Government Updates

Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Business Recovery Survey
Complete the survey to help develop actions to support businesses dealing with the effects and changes brought on by COVID-19. Need help? Contact the Economic Development office by email ecdev@wellington.ca or call 519.837.2600 x 2614. Survey is open until Dec 14, 2020.
Analysis from Canadian Chamber of Commerce on Canada's Fall Economic Statement
Earlier this week, the government delivered its Fall Economic Statement (FES), offering the clearest picture of federal finances and economic assumptions in over a year. The government is preparing to spend up to $100 billion to kick-start the post-pandemic economy while projecting a record-high deficit of close to $382 billion for the 2020 fiscal year. While the emergency supports announced in the FES will help many Canadians and businesses through the coming winter, the government’s plans to manage the pandemic and restore economic growth remain unclear. The hope is that we see these detailed plans in a budget early in 2021. Read the full analysis from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce here.
Ontario Collaborates with Industry Experts to Plan the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Immunization Program will be the Largest Logistical Undertaking in a Generation
The Ontario government is collaborating with leaders and experts in a wide variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, health care and logistics, to develop a plan for the safe and efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. Read more here
Governments Taking Action to Meet Demands of Ontario's Meat Sector and Support Farmers
$11.5 million in funding will support increased capacity at provincial abattoirs and help farmers adjust to market challenges
The governments of Canada and Ontario are committing up to $11.5 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for two important new programs, one of which will assist meat processors on projects to rapidly increase processing capacity, and one that will help farmers adjust to current market challenges. Read more here
 

 

Renewing Members

Giles Carstar Collision
GoldEye Home Inspection Ltd.
H & R Machine
Kalware Microsystems Inc. T/A KMS Datasystems
Legge Fitness Superstores
Len Robinson Construction (Fergus) Ltd.
M & M Food Market
Newdon Industries
Premium PromoWorx Inc
Protector Security Systems and Locksmith Corp.
R & R Printing Plus Inc.
Record Tel Inc.
Rowe Electric
Royal LePage Royal City Realty
Second Chance Employment Counselling (Wellington) Inc.
Shoetopia
Simply Bookkeeping
SV Law
TD Canada Trust - Elora
The Weinstein Group Inc.
Triton Engineering Services Limited
Webfoot Farm & Hatchery Limited
Yard Weasels Inc.
 
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Upcoming SHRED Event!

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We weren't able to offer our normal SHRED event in April or earlier this fall, so if the boxes are starting to pile up, we've got you covered in December! Please email us if you plan to attend!

Christmas Cheer

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Click Here To Register

 

Member Moments

This week we have two Member Moment videos to share! We caught up with the Guelph Nighthawks and Brighten Up earlier in the fall, and both have some fantastic offerings for this time of year, which includes Brighten Up's holiday hours - 9am to 8pm through to December 23,and 8am to 4pm on Christmas Eve!
 
It's always a pleasure to chat with our members, hear their updates, and of course, hear their Chamber Success Stories.
 
           
 
Watch all of our past Member Moments videos on our website.

Workplace Screening

Are you compliant with workplace screening regulations?
 
On Sept. 25, pre-entry COVID screening of all workers and “essential visitors” became mandatory for all businesses in Ontario — effective immediately — regardless of sector. The new requirement comes through an amendment to Ontario Regulation 364/20, the “Rules for Areas in Stage 3”, which is a regulation under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.
 
The screening recommendations are set forth in the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations). This document does not provide guidance on how it should be implemented. Employers will have to decide for themselves how best to implement the Screening Tool in their workplace.
 
The Get Ready Daily Screening Tool™ is one option that has been presented to Ontario Chambers of Commerce. CWCC members receive a discount on this tool. Please email us for more information!

 

Member Milestones & Community Support

WWCF Business Service Grants
WWCF has allotted $250,000 in grant funding to focus on providing technical and professional training/consulting services to help SME’s recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Examples of eligible projects may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • adapting workflows and processes (e.g. digital needs assessment)
  • advice for diversifying their markets and sales channels.
  • adapting to new safe workplace regulations related to COVID-19.
  • accounting and cashflow consulting
  • website and social media consulting
  • legal consult and review of possible COVID complications
  • human resource consult for health and safety or labour relations related to COVID and return to work
Eligible WWCF Business Service Grants are available to a maximum of $2,000. For more info click here
 
Congratulations to:
 
SANTA CLAUS CRUISE IS COMING TO FERGUS
Fergus will be moving away from their traditional Santa Claus parade, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they will be doing a Santa Clause Cruise on December 5 from 1-4 p.m. Click here for the route. Enjoy this years parade from your front door!
 
Elora Lions presents: Light Up Elora Twinkle Tour
Covid-19 may have halted our Elora Lions parade; it did not halter our spirits. This year we can't be together but we can celebrate your lights! Join the Elora Lions "Light Up Elora Twinkle Tour Contest" To register visit https://www.eloralions.org/
 
Optimum Health Annual Christmas Fundraiser, supporting Groves Hospital & Foundation!
They will be matching all donations up to $500, and each donor will be entered to win one of two Christmas Dinner's for 6 from Fraberts Fresh Food. By supporting our hospital in a small way, we are not only ensuring our health and wellbeing through the duration of this global pandemic, but also for decades to come. To make a donation click here
 
Ecclestone Financial Group Inc. established a new fund In November 2019 with CWCF called “EFG Fund.”
The purpose of the fund follows EFG's belief in the power of education to inspire, empower and equip EVERYONE with the tools and resources to succeed. This fund seeks to find ways to promote an understanding of finance and money management, protection yourself fro scams to anyone willing to learn about it. From the beginning, Ted committed to continuing to help grow the fund in the coming years. True to his word, Ted and EFG made a further $10,000 donation to the fund this year.
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