Received from the local Health Unit:
COVID-19 Pandemic Response
July 6, 2020 – Today local health units announced a regional
approach to mandatory masks. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark,
this Instruction will require businesses to adopt a policy to
ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public
spaces. This will come into effect July 7, at 12:01am. This is an
added measure to the existing public health measures in place, to
reduce the spread of COVID-19. We kindly ask that you read
our recent media release for a better understanding.
We continue to have a low number of new cases, so please
continue to practice physical distancing of 2m/6ft, stay home
when you are sick, wash your hands, and do regular cleaning of
common hard surfaces. When you do need to go out in public,
take a cloth face covering/mask with you so you can put it on
when you are potentially in close contact with other people.
We all need to work together to help stop others from becoming
Our offices and service sites are closed to the walk-in public
Check the health unit website for answers to many of your questions. If
you would like to speak to someone, call 1-800-660-5853 –extension 2222 for COVID-19 questions, extension 2308 for business re-opening questions, extension 2499 for all other inquires.
Find out how to get tested.
– Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health
Helpful Signs For any Business & Checklist for Food Premises Operating Patios & New Funding Available for Producers.
Katie Nolan – OMAFRA Report
· Open for E-Business program still paused, applications being processed as fast as possible
· Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program - stream for producers http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/cap/capproducers.htm
· Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program - steam for provincially licensed meat plants: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/cap/meatplants.htm
· Federal Programs
Local Food Infrastructure Fund
Eligible applicants consist of:
· community or charitable organizations
· Indigenous groups
· not-for-profit co-operatives
Projects should be mostly infrastructure specific, community-driven and dedicated to improving access to safe and healthy foods for Canadians at risk of food insecurity.
Applicants under this program will be eligible to receive a minimum of $5,000 and up to $250,000 in non-repayable funding as follows.
1. Grant funding for projects requesting funding up to and including $50,000; (no administration costs will be paid)
2. Non-repayable contribution funding for projects requesting funding above $50,000 and up to $250,000.
· Emergency Food Processing Fund
Emergency Food Processing Fund
Food processors can receive up to $5 million (on a cost shares basis) to help enhance worker health and safety and for domestic food processing.
The Emergency Processing Fund will offer:
· Emergency COVID Response - Non-repayable funding to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers, their families, and communities.
· Strategic Investments - Repayable funding to help companies improve, automate and modernize facilities to increase Canada’s food supply capacity.
Eligible costs related to a project will be shared between the Program and the successful applicant. Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) can receive up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs. Larger companies can receive up to 25 per cent of total eligible costs.
All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Township of Leeds and The Thousand Islands
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Public Contact List For Business Support Group
The following updates are provided by Leeds Grenville Economic Development regarding COVID-19:
Government of Canada
The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is receiving information on the impact of COVID-19 on business and our region from various sources.
Please ensure your business information is up to date in the Leeds & Grenville business directory and/or tourism directory.
Connect to the region’s Business Partners such as Small Business Centres, Employment Centres, Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Associations and many more.
Business Survey Report Contact List for Business Support Workshops & Seminar
The Government of Canada is committed to providing you with the information and support you need to make informed decisions as your business navigates through these challenges; including supporting your employees.
The Government of Canada is asking suppliers about their ability to provide products and services. See the list of items needed, and notify them if you can help out.
Government of Ontario
The Government of Ontario welcomes help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19.
See the list of items needed, and notify them if you can help out.
Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands Rideau Lakes
The Government of Canada is taking action to support tourism and other businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can take advantage of new investments and initiatives. Learn more about the support available.
RTO9 strives to support the tourism and travel industry in the region by closely monitoring events that could cause significant challenges to the industry, including the Covid-19 virus. Visit the Tourism Talk website for more support.
For a look at some Frequently Asked Questions regarding Canadian Businesses & Workers Impacted by COVID-19 download the attached pdf file.
Please take some time to review the following links for up to date information regarding business resources and government programs as they relate to COVID-19.
Leaders from municipal economic development offices, Chambers of Commerce, Employment Services, Community Futures Development Corporations, Small Business Enterprise Centres, Business Improvement Areas and local business support organizations are working together to identify how the impact of COVID-19 will be felt by our business community. We ask that you take the time to complete the following survey.
Survey will be open until Friday, April 3rd at 12 p.m.
The Federal Government has delivered some welcome news for SMEs across the country. That news included the following announcements: