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CWCC Pulse E-Newsletter January 7th, 2021

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A Message from Sally Litchfield, General Manager:

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
As we get started in 2021, you may notice a few changes in our email communications. The Pulse will continue bi-weekly and will be primarily, for the time being, government and COVID related updates. Next week (and bi-weekly after that) you will see the new '3 Things to Know' and towards the end of the month we will introduce you to the new, monthly, Member Monday. We will continue to send out urgent COVID updates as needed, in addition to the regularly scheduled emails, and as always, feedback is welcome.
We have launched the 2021 Mayor's Breakfast and look forward to seeing you virtually at that on January 27. Mayor Kelly Linton will give a business-focused presentation outlining 2020 results achieved and looking ahead to what we can expect this coming year – and beyond – to help our local businesses rebuild from COVID-19. All attendees will receive a $25 gift card to the Elora Mill. Click here to register.
We are also in the process of launching our new professional development event series, The Elevating Business Series, and we would love your thoughts! Please join us next week at the introductory session which will include a business MRI model, a presentation on the Ten Characteristics that Every Business Owner Should Have, and a group discussion on topics and sessions for the duration of the year. For more information, click here.
Please note, our office does remain closed at this time and our team has transitioned back to working from home. We continue to be available at chamber@cwchamber.ca or (519) 843-5140.
I look forward to connecting with you soon,
PS. Yep, new year, new head shot! Anyone else in the market for a new professional head shot?! We are looking to coordinate an event in the spring (fingers crossed!). Send me an email if you'd like to be the first to get more info on that!

Government Updates

Ontario Releases Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
Framework will guide vaccine prioritization in future phases of the province’s implementation plan
The Ontario government has released an Ethical Framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution which was developed in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force to guide further vaccine prioritization and distribution across the province. The province continues to vaccinate vulnerable populations and those who care for them through Phase One of its three-phase implementation plan as additional vaccines become available. Read more here
Businesses: Get help with COVID-19 costs
Find out if your business is eligible for grants to help with the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) and your property taxes and energy bills. Read more here
Provincewide Shutdown 
The information contained in this document is intended to communicate a summary of information about measures proposed that came into effect in Ontario or in areas of Ontario on Saturday, December 26.
Coming soon: Ontario Small Business Support Grant
In January 2021, applications will open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.
What you’ll get - Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown.
More details here.
Funding: Canada Summer Jobs
The application deadline is January 29, 2021, application details here.
Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.
The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.
WWCF Business Service Grants
Two funding opportunities are still available for January 2021.
Eligible businesses must be located in the following area(s) to apply through the Wellington Waterloo Community Futures:
  • Wellington County:  Puslinch Township, Town of Erin, Guelph/Eramosa Township, Centre Wellington Township, Mapleton Township
  • Waterloo Region: Wellesley Township, Woolwich Township, North Dumfries Township, Wilmot Township
We are still accepting applications for emergency funding. These loans are interest free for 2 years with 25% forgivable if repaid by Dec. 2022.
Are you confused about eligibility?
Please email Tina to discuss either of these grant opportunities.
Online learning extended in all Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph schools
This morning, Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, instructed all local school boards and private schools to extend online-only learning for all schools until at least January 24, 2021. Schools have been further instructed to continue in-person support for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning. More here.
TORONTO — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout the province, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is extending certain measures to keep students, education staff, and residents of Northern Ontario safe. This includes extending in-person learning until January 25, 2021 for elementary school students in the 27 Southern Ontario public health unit regions and extending the shutdown in Northern Ontario for another 14 days, aligning with the shutdown period in Southern Ontario. More here.

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!
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