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COVID-19 – Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources

Details have been released on the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program.

The program will see tenants receive a 75% reduction in their rent payments for April, May and June. The program is for small businesses, non-profits and charities that:

  • Pay less than $50,000 per month in rent.
  • Have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70% drop versus pre-COVID-19 revenues.

The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of the eligible rent payments. The loans will be forgiven if the property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75% and agrees not to evict the tenant.

The Government of Ontario has elected to delay the release of its annual Budget. Instead, on March 25, the government released an economic and fiscal update entitled, “Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID?19,” which provides a one-year economic forecast and the government’s initial response plan to the COVID-19 crisis. The response plan consists of a proposed $17 billion package, with measures intended to complement the federal response.

Note that we can expect a formal Budget no later than November 15, 2020.

The federal government has introduced new measures almost daily over the past few weeks, we have been working closely with the Office of Dr. Helena Jaczek, MP for Markham—Stouffville to ensure that your voices are heard.

More business resources and information have been compiled and are available through the links that are on the left side of this page.

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Defers Tax & Water Bill payments to May 29th. For all the details visit: http://www.townofws.ca/Modules/News/index.aspx?feedId=46f99132-b103-49c3-bbd6-47bf91c33616&newsId=a5984d72-a762-4b28-8caa-b0c2792d1a94

Ontario Updates the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces

Following advice from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on April 3, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

By 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2020, businesses that are not identified on this list must close their physical locations. For the updated list of what is considered Essential visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces#!%2F

 

Links to more information on COVID-19
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York Region Public Health – Health Connection: 1-800-361-5653

Postponed Events

Mayor’s Dinner/Business Awards Gala

Given recent developments with COVID 19 we will be postponing the Mayor’s Dinner/Business Awards Gala until a time when we can be certain that the safety and well-being of our Members and guests will not be compromised. Rest assured that this event will take place as soon as it is safe to do so.

Wednesday, March 25th (6:00 – 9:00 PM)
Spring Lakes Golf Club – 4962 Stouffville Road, Stouffville

Registration opens at 4:30 pm
Cocktail Reception: 6:00-7:00 pm
Dinner & Award Ceremony: 7:00-9:15 pm

Member Price: $95. (plus tax)
Non-Member Price: $115. (plus tax)
Cash Bar

Complimentary wine to accompany dinner is being donated by Willow Springs Winery.

Register Early… Tickets are already 75% SOLD OUT!

Ontario Economic Report 2020

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Ontario Economic Report (OER) 2020

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s flagship report, the OER provides key insights into the province’s diverse business community with the goal of informing future public policy to create a more competitive and prosperous Ontario. This year, they are introducing the inaugural Small Business Friendliness Indicator (SBFI) which will benchmark how friendly the Ontario business environment is and where action can be taken to make improvements. The SBFI joins the Business Confidence Survey and the regional Economic Outlook within the data-driven OER.

Read the report

Stouffville Business Consultations

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One-on-One Business Consultations

Join the York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC) for free one-on-one business consultations right in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville!

Whether you are a new business or you are already established, let the YSBEC review your ideas and business needs together with you. Consultations cover information on marketing, business planning, financing to help you move forward and grow your business.

Read more or to register

Message From The Mayor

Mayor Lovatt

“The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is a great place to start and grow a business. Council is fully supportive of the efforts made by the Chamber, they have the full support of the Town and our commitment to attracting and improving trade and commerce in the community.  We are excited to partner with the Chamber to achieve our mutual goals in making Whitchurch-Stouffville a place where people can live and work”

– Mayor Iain Lovatt

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Chamber News

Karen Wootton

Karen Wootton

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S UPDATE

First of all, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we continue to navigate these unprecedented and challenging times. It is a true testament to the human spirit that so many people can come together and make sacrifices to achieve a common goal. Thank you to everyone who is self-isolating or doing their best to minimize social contact – your efforts, no matter how small, are important!

Although the GO train station is now closed to the general public we are still here to assist our Members any way we can. If you are doing something unique to assist the community, please email Carrie@stouffvillechamber.ca and we will share it through our social media channels, if you are posting on social media tag us @stouffville.chamber so that we know what you’re doing and can share. If you need to talk, give us a call. Our office remains open virtually. Networking for the time being is being moved to an online model and will remain that way until it is safe for us to meet face-to-face again.

We are working hard to compile vital information that you need and will continue to update things as we are made aware of them.

The Federal government has introduced new measures almost daily over the past week, we reached out to the Office of Dr. Helena Jaczek, MP for Markham—Stouffville in an effort to gain more clarity on assistance that is being made available to businesses from the Federal level. Her office sent through some information which we have now uploaded to our website for you. There will be more updates in the days to come.
https://stouffvillechamber.ca/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan/

We have also created a business resource page with a wealth of information and important links which we hope will make it easier for you to find the information that you need to navigate this challenging time. https://stouffvillechamber.ca/federal-and-provincial-resources-for-business-during-covid-19/

Stay safe and healthy,

Karen Wootton – Executive Director
karen@stouffvillechamber.ca

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