You are not alone as you work through changes in how you operate as a result of COVID-19.  There are a number of resources, tools and information available to you so that you can stay informed and make decisions that meet your operational needs. 

Economic Recovery Task Force
The Municipality is supporting businesses by working with an Economic Recovery Task Force that has representation from business owners, the Chamber of Commerce, BIA, not-for profit organization and engaged community advocates to identify needs and activate recovery initiatives across the municipality to help businesses now. For more information about the Economic Development Task Force initiatives please email ecdev@meaford.ca.
 Temporary Seasonal Patio Program
Meaford’s temporary seasonal patio program allows restaurants throughout the municipality to expand their outdoor dining areas and meet the COVID-19 guidelines provided by Grey Bruce Health Unit.

The Municipality is working with restaurants to achieve quick approvals and agreements for a:

  • Temporary seasonal patio on private property
  • Temporary seasonal patio on Municipal owned property

Contact the us at ecdev@meaford.ca to learn more.

 Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has prepared Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support the immediate and ongoing needs of businesses. There are a number of financial support, loans and job creation programs available to businesses.
 Government of Ontario

The Province of Ontario is putting measures in place to support economic recovery and re-opening of businesses. The Province has setup a business support webpage dedicated providing businesses with information, resources and posters.

If you have questions about impacts to your business you can contact the Stop the Spread Business Line at 1-888-444-3659. 

 Grey Bruce Health Unit
The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit is a source of local information and recommendations that help stop the spread of COVID-19. As part of their on-going efforts to keep everyone in the region informed on COVID-19 related information, they provide resources and links that may be useful for your business. The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit website has content dedicated to information on Businesses, Employees and Organizations, providing guidelines and resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.

If you need to prepare a re-opening plan, the Health Unit will receive and review plans for locations closed due to COVID-19 including inspections, as required.

A  Medical Officer of Health Order is currently in place for face coverings within indoor public places. To learn more about actions outlined for commercial establishments visit Frequently Asked Questions for Wearing Masks and Face Coverings

 PPE For Businesses

 There are a number of regional suppliers that can meet your Personal Protective Equipment needs.

Grants

Ontario Trillium Foundation: The Resilient Communities Fund
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has introduced the one-time Resilient Communities Fund to invest in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the non-profit sector impacted by COVID-19.

Non-profit organizations are struggling to operate and deliver their programs and services and meet community needs. The Resilient Communities Fund will respond to the recovery needs non-profits and communities are challenged with as a result of the impacts of COVID -19 and will support them as they return to building healthy and vibrant communities.

With this one-time fund, OTF is supporting a flexible range of capital and non-capital activities to aid in the medium to longer-term recovery efforts of organizations to help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency.

Request amount: From $5,000 to $150,000 

Grant term: up to 1 year

OTF is offering two application deadlines:

  • September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET.
  • December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. 
Visit the Resilient Communities Fund resource page to learn more about the fund and how organizations can apply. Applications are being accepted. 
Province of Ontario - COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for small businesses (CEAP-SB) 

Applications will be available August 31st 

This funding program is to help small businesses that are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Program details will be available later this summer.

Visit the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program page to learn more about the program and how to apply.

RE3 – Re Build, Re Open, Re Vive

The Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario is offering a non-repayable contribution to assist Southern Ontario based Women-led small and medium-sized enterprises. To qualify the business must have a female business owner(s) and have been in operation for at least one year.

Eligible activities should support the reopening, rebuilding and revival of the business, such as:

  • Acquisition of required/mandated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Workspace reconfiguration to accommodate physical distancing
  • Hardware/software upgrades to enhance online capacity, client servicing and accessibility

Request amount: Up to $5,000

Online application deadlines: application intake opens July 13, 2020 and will remain open with availability of funding.

Visit Windsor Essex Small Business to learn more about the fund and how to apply.

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