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Minister Calandra

Hon. Paul Calandra, MPP

 

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Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, MPP

Live Virtual Townhall

Wednesday, October 21st (12:00 – 1:00 PM)
Via Zoom

We invite you to join us for a live townhall with Hon. Paul Calandra, MPP Government House Leader Markham-Stouffville and Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, MPP Associate Minister of Small Business & Red Tape Reduction.

This virtual event is to address some of your concerns and bring you
updates from the Provincial Government on topics related to COVID-19.

Registration in advance is required.

Questions can be submitted by Friday, October 16th via email to karen@stouffvillechamber.ca

 Limited space is available. Register Early!

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Webinars & Virtual Events

Please visit our events calendar for the most up to date list of virtual events and educational webinars

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COVID-19 – Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources

 

Effective October 19th at 12:01 a.m. York Region moves back to a modified stage 2 as a result of the rise in cases of COVID-19. These restrictions will remain in place for a minimum of 28 days. For more information click here

On October 1st. the federal government announced an additional $600 million through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, to support local businesses across the country. Since the fund was launched in May, over 12,000 businesses have been supported through the RRRF, helping them keep their employees, cover costs, and protect almost 95,000 jobs across Canada.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) ends when you’ve received 28 weeks of benefits or on October 3, 2020, whichever came first. For those who applied through the Canada Revenue Agency, the last four-week period for the CERB was August 30, 2020 through Septemer 26, 2020. However, you can still apply for the CERB retroactively through CRA.

The Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new recovery benefits that will better support Canadians.
If you received the CERB through Service Canada:
After you receive your last CERB payment, continue completing reports. In most cases, you do not need to apply for EI benefits. The federal government will automatically review your file and your Record of Employment (ROE, then start a claim for EI regular benefits if you qualify. If you don’t qualify, you’ll be notified by mail.
You will need to apply for EI after your CERB ends if:
  • you have a SIN that starts with a 9
  • you’re self-employed, or
  • you declared that you returned to work full-time on your CERB report
If you need sickness benefits instead of regular benefits
You can declare on your reports that you’re unable to work for medical reasons and you could receive up to 15 weeks of sickness benefits.
If you received the CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency
You need to receive all your CERB payments before applying for EI benefits. You can apply after the end of your last CERB eligibility period. Visit EI benefits and leave to determine which benefit is right for your situation and to apply online.

 

All business owners and operators in York Region must have a policy in place to prohibit people from entering if they are not wearing a face mask or covering. Customers, employees and visitors who enter enclosed public spaces must wear a face mask or covering. For all the details click here

You can download the Mandatory Mask signage here and a sample Mandatory Mask policy here

The Government of Canada has taken, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak such as wage subsidy, loans, deferral of tax, etc.

For a complete list of Federal support available visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses

The Business Resilience Service (BRS) Hotline is Open 1-866-989-1080 The BRS allows small- to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support them and their recovery.

The program, delivered free of charge, provides:

  • Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
  • Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
  • Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
  • Real time insights and feedback to policymakers

For more information visit: https://www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca/brs/

The Ontario government will allow restaurants and bars to temporarily extend outdoor patio spaces to safely accommodate patrons and staff once licensed establishments are permitted to fully reopen for business. Learn more.

The Provincial government has compiled information and advice to your businesses navigate the economy during COVID-19. To access this information visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-businesses

Ontario is gradually reopening businesses, services and public spaces on a regional basis as progress is made in the fight against COVID-19. For details and guidelines on the various stages of reopening visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

Further information on re-opening and resuming business during COVID-19 is available on the York Region website

To help Ontario businesses get back to work safely, WSPS just launched a brand new COVID-19 microsite: https://covid19.wsps.ca/. All COVID-19 resources like checklists, webinars, articles, eCourses etc. previously available on our website has been transferred and is categorized based on three unique segments found in the workforce today:

  • Businesses open and operating
  • Businesses operating remotely/virtually
  • Businesses preparing to open/returning after shutdown

In addition, resources and information can now be searched and filtered based on a number of different factors, including sector, topic, language and type of resources.

York Region Public Health – Health Connection: 1-800-361-5653

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 continue to minimize social contact and wear masks when physical distancing is a challenge – your efforts, no matter how small, are important!

The GO train station remains closed to the general public. We are however in the office and are here to assist our Members any way we can so please reach out.

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. If you are doing something unique to assist the community, please email Karen@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.

The Federal government has introduced many new programs over the past few months. We have worked closely with the office of Dr. Helena Jaczek, MP for Markham—Stouffville to ensure that our Members voices are heard and that programs are developed to support the needs of local businesses.

There have been many questions that we have worked with the office of Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville to gain definitions, direction and guidelines for our Members to follow.

We will continue to work hard with all levels of government to gain clarity for our Members on items that are important to them. If there is something that you need help with, please give us a call and we will do our best to point you in the right direction and get you the answers you need.

Stay safe and healthy,

Karen Wootton – Executive Director
karen@stouffvillechamber.ca

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