Chamber Network Calls for Coordinated Reopening Approach

We have been actively working with the committed team at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, who have put together a focused and highly relevant ask from the provincial government around reopening our businesses.

Local Chambers across Ontario are calling on our MPPs for measures to ensure society reopens in a harmonized fashion that prioritizes individual safety as well as economic stability, including:

  • A readiness plan with a focus on sectors and regions hardest hit;
  • Improved reopening communication, such as advanced notice, clear guidelines, and workplace safety training;
  • Evidence-based decision making; and
  • Continued support for those who need it most.

Read the Letter to MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Chamber Network Calls for Coordinated Reopening Approach

We have been actively working with the committed team at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, who have put together a focused and highly relevant ask from the provincial government around reopening our businesses.

Local Chambers across Ontario are calling on our MPPs for measures to ensure society reopens in a harmonized fashion that prioritizes individual safety as well as economic stability, including:

  • A readiness plan with a focus on sectors and regions hardest hit;
  • Improved reopening communication, such as advanced notice, clear guidelines, and workplace safety training;
  • Evidence-based decision making; and
  • Continued support for those who need it most.

Read the Letter to MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Fund Program

The Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team together with funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario is currently accepting applications for its Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Fund program.

Program Description

The Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Fund program will provide financial assistance in the form of 80% grants to enable tourism-dependent, small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and Arts and Culture Not-for-Profits (NFP) organizations, to equip themselves to meet Public Health guidelines and protocols.

The grant will enable the business to continue to operate, particularly through the shoulder and off-season in 2020/21. Priority will be given to projects that retain/create jobs, have a high jobs/dollar invested ratio and increase the competitiveness and sustainability of the business post COVID-19.

Please visit the website to learn about eligibility and eligible costs.

Application Process

  • To apply to the fund please complete Tourism Adaption and Recovery Fund Application Form and submit it by email to errt@niagararegion.ca.
  • If you require this application in any other format please email errt@niagararegion.ca with your request.
  • Any questions should be directed to errt@niagararegion.ca
  • All applications will be reviewed by the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team adjudication committee. An evaluation tool will be used to assess projects against eligibility guidelines.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Niagara Region Economic Development on behalf of the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team.

Deadline

The Tourism Adaption and Recovery Fund Grant Program will be administered via two application intakes. The first intake will close on January 31. A second intake, depending on the balance of funds remaining, will occur thereafter.

Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Fund Program

The Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team together with funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario is currently accepting applications for its Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Fund program.

Program Description

The Tourism Adaptation and Recovery Fund program will provide financial assistance in the form of 80% grants to enable tourism-dependent, small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and Arts and Culture Not-for-Profits (NFP) organizations, to equip themselves to meet Public Health guidelines and protocols.

The grant will enable the business to continue to operate, particularly through the shoulder and off-season in 2020/21. Priority will be given to projects that retain/create jobs, have a high jobs/dollar invested ratio and increase the competitiveness and sustainability of the business post COVID-19.

Please visit the website to learn about eligibility and eligible costs.

Application Process

  • To apply to the fund please complete Tourism Adaption and Recovery Fund Application Form and submit it by email to errt@niagararegion.ca.
  • If you require this application in any other format please email errt@niagararegion.ca with your request.
  • Any questions should be directed to errt@niagararegion.ca
  • All applications will be reviewed by the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team adjudication committee. An evaluation tool will be used to assess projects against eligibility guidelines.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Niagara Region Economic Development on behalf of the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team.

Deadline

The Tourism Adaption and Recovery Fund Grant Program will be administered via two application intakes. The first intake will close on January 31. A second intake, depending on the balance of funds remaining, will occur thereafter.

Watch Now – Virtual Town Hall with Niagara West Regional Councillors

Thank you to everyone who joined the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce yesterday at the Town Hall with our Regional Councillors. We appreciate the Councillors taking the time to connect with our community to discuss topics of importance to West Niagara residents and businesses.

 

Watch the Recording

Grimsby Chamber’s position on Niagara Order under Section 22

Niagara Public Health issued an order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, introducing new restrictions on food and drink premises in the Niagara Region.

Our Position:

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce supports the rescinding of the recent Section 22 order, which has placed additional restrictions solely targeting the Food & Beverage industry in the Niagara Region. We strongly encourage all levels of government to make data-driven decisions, decisions that encompass all sectors shown to be contributing significantly to the spread of COVID-19, and that the data behind future restrictions be made public.

We urge all citizens and businesses in Niagara to be part of actively stopping the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and practice excellent hand hygiene. And, support your local businesses in a safe, responsible, and respectful manner.

 

Grimsby Chamber’s position on Niagara Order under Section 22

Niagara Public Health issued an order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, introducing new restrictions on food and drink premises in the Niagara Region.

Our Position:

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce supports the rescinding of the recent Section 22 order, which has placed additional restrictions solely targeting the Food & Beverage industry in the Niagara Region. We strongly encourage all levels of government to make data-driven decisions, decisions that encompass all sectors shown to be contributing significantly to the spread of COVID-19, and that the data behind future restrictions be made public.

We urge all citizens and businesses in Niagara to be part of actively stopping the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and practice excellent hand hygiene. And, support your local businesses in a safe, responsible, and respectful manner.

 

2021 Ontario Economic Report Survey Wave 3

Send a message to Queen’s Park!

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are looking for your insight on what matters to business amidst the pandemic. The interactive results from the second round are LIVE! Click here to see the preliminary results.

This survey will take a deeper dive on business confidence as well as other pressing issues. Tell us how confident you are in Ontario’s economy and recovery, and what your organization’s outlook is for 2021.

Share your views by taking a short three-minute survey here and let the government know what is important to you.

This survey is being conducted by Golfdale Consulting, an independent consulting firm.

All responses will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential.

DEADLINE:

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at midnight

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring government understands the issues impacting business in this province. That’s why we need your help to express the voice of business loud and clear at Queen’s Park.

Take the Survey

2021 Ontario Economic Report Survey Wave 3

Send a message to Queen’s Park!

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are looking for your insight on what matters to business amidst the pandemic. The interactive results from the second round are LIVE! Click here to see the preliminary results.

This survey will take a deeper dive on business confidence as well as other pressing issues. Tell us how confident you are in Ontario’s economy and recovery, and what your organization’s outlook is for 2021.

Share your views by taking a short three-minute survey here and let the government know what is important to you.

This survey is being conducted by Golfdale Consulting, an independent consulting firm.

All responses will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential.

DEADLINE:

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at midnight

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring government understands the issues impacting business in this province. That’s why we need your help to express the voice of business loud and clear at Queen’s Park.

Take the Survey

Digital Main Street

Think you could use an extra $2500 to improve your business’ digital presence? Great news! There’s still time to apply for a Digital Transformation Grant to take your digital marketing to the next level.

Digital Main Street helps main street businesses grow by adopting digital tools and technologies. The Digital Service Squad Member for Grimsby has been hired, trained, and is ready to help YOUR business…for free!

Liam McNally is here to help you 1-on-1 to take advantage of all things digital for your business and assist you in applying for and receiving a $2500 grant to improve your online presence. Liam can help you set up a Google business listing, improve your website, get on social media, and much more, all at no cost to you (you do not need to apply for or receive the grant to be eligible for Liam’s support).

We encourage you to take advantage of this free service and to contact Liam at lmcnally@grimsby.ca or (416) 668 9343. He will also likely be popping by your business to introduce himself. You can read more about the Digital Main Street program, take a free digital assessment and apply for grants at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/.

Head over to https://digitalmainstreet.ca/ for more information or to register your business. Register ASAP because grants are first come, first serve!

Applications for grants are due by November 30, 2020.

Learn more about Digital Main Street:

Digital Main Street Backgrounder

Digital Transformation Grant FAQs

Digital Service Squad

Digital Main Street

Think you could use an extra $2500 to improve your business’ digital presence? Great news! There’s still time to apply for a Digital Transformation Grant to take your digital marketing to the next level.

Digital Main Street helps main street businesses grow by adopting digital tools and technologies. The Digital Service Squad Member for Grimsby has been hired, trained, and is ready to help YOUR business…for free!

Liam McNally is here to help you 1-on-1 to take advantage of all things digital for your business and assist you in applying for and receiving a $2500 grant to improve your online presence. Liam can help you set up a Google business listing, improve your website, get on social media, and much more, all at no cost to you (you do not need to apply for or receive the grant to be eligible for Liam’s support).

We encourage you to take advantage of this free service and to contact Liam at lmcnally@grimsby.ca or (416) 668 9343. He will also likely be popping by your business to introduce himself. You can read more about the Digital Main Street program, take a free digital assessment and apply for grants at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/.

Head over to https://digitalmainstreet.ca/ for more information or to register your business. Register ASAP because grants are first come, first serve!

Applications for grants are due by November 30, 2020.

Learn more about Digital Main Street:

Digital Main Street Backgrounder

Digital Transformation Grant FAQs

Digital Service Squad

2020 National Poppy Campaign

The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by Veterans and for Veterans. They advocate for the care and benefits for all who served Canada, regardless of when or where they served. The Legion also provides representation and assistance to Veterans, including currently serving Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families, and access to services is available to them at no cost, whether or not they are Legion members. The Legion helps thousands of Veterans each year and makes significant positive changes in their lives.

Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign, along with thousands of their members who volunteer from coast to coast to coast, to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. Poppies are distributed freely, but generous donations are invaluable.

Remembrance Day is fast approaching, and like every other part of life in 2020, COVID-19 will certainly cause a significant alteration to the traditional ceremonies and activities, including the Poppy Campaign.

Read more 2020 National Poppy Campaign and touchless ways to donate here

There are over 1,300 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion across Canada, and about a third are close to closing in the next few months.

This year, more than any other, our local legion needs our support to ensure that they can continue their important work supporting our Veterans. We are joining Chambers across the country to support Canada’s heroes by supporting the Grimsby Legion’s Poppy Campaign.

Download and Share to Help Raise Awareness

These images are a starting point for you to download and share on social media and other channels over the coming weeks.

2020 National Poppy Campaign

The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by Veterans and for Veterans. They advocate for the care and benefits for all who served Canada, regardless of when or where they served. The Legion also provides representation and assistance to Veterans, including currently serving Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families, and access to services is available to them at no cost, whether or not they are Legion members. The Legion helps thousands of Veterans each year and makes significant positive changes in their lives.

Every year, The Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign, along with thousands of their members who volunteer from coast to coast to coast, to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. Poppies are distributed freely, but generous donations are invaluable.

Remembrance Day is fast approaching, and like every other part of life in 2020, COVID-19 will certainly cause a significant alteration to the traditional ceremonies and activities, including the Poppy Campaign.

Read more 2020 National Poppy Campaign and touchless ways to donate here

There are over 1,300 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion across Canada, and about a third are close to closing in the next few months.

This year, more than any other, our local legion needs our support to ensure that they can continue their important work supporting our Veterans. We are joining Chambers across the country to support Canada’s heroes by supporting the Grimsby Legion’s Poppy Campaign.

Download and Share to Help Raise Awareness

These images are a starting point for you to download and share on social media and other channels over the coming weeks.

2021 Ontario Economic Report Survey Wave 2

Send a message to Queen’s Park!

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are looking for your insight on what matters to business amidst the pandemic. The interactive results from the first round are LIVE! Click here to see the preliminary results.

This survey will take a deeper dive on business confidence as well as other pressing issues. Tell us how confident you are in Ontario’s economy and recovery, and what your organization’s outlook is for 2021.

Share your views by taking a short three-minute survey here and let the government know what is important to you.

This survey is being conducted by Golfdale Consulting, an independent consulting firm.

All responses will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential.

DEADLINE:

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at midnight

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring government understands the issues impacting business in this province. That’s why we need your help to express the voice of business loud and clear at Queen’s Park.

Take the Survey

2021 Ontario Economic Report Survey Wave 2

Send a message to Queen’s Park!

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are looking for your insight on what matters to business amidst the pandemic. The interactive results from the first round are LIVE! Click here to see the preliminary results.

This survey will take a deeper dive on business confidence as well as other pressing issues. Tell us how confident you are in Ontario’s economy and recovery, and what your organization’s outlook is for 2021.

Share your views by taking a short three-minute survey here and let the government know what is important to you.

This survey is being conducted by Golfdale Consulting, an independent consulting firm.

All responses will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential.

DEADLINE:

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at midnight

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring government understands the issues impacting business in this province. That’s why we need your help to express the voice of business loud and clear at Queen’s Park.

Take the Survey

Support for the #CanadaUnited Small Business Relief Fund

On October 20 during Small Business Week, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced an investment of $12 million to support the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. This brings the total raised to more than 14 million! Read the release here.

 

Created and launched by RBC, Canada United is a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the movement, RBC brought together more than 70 of Canada’s leading brands, the national Chamber of Commerce network and business associations to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.

 

The actions of Canadians during the campaign helped establish the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses required to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.

 

The Federal Government’s contribution of $12 million to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund brings the total raised to more than $14 million! We are now able to extend relief grants to more small businesses and restart accepting grant applications from small businesses across all Provinces. We have also updated the eligibility criteria and streamlined the application process.

 

The new application window will for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund open on Monday, October 26, 2020. Click here to learn more about Canada United.

 

Learn More and Apply Now

Support for the #CanadaUnited Small Business Relief Fund

On October 20 during Small Business Week, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced an investment of $12 million to support the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. This brings the total raised to more than 14 million! Read the release here.

 

Created and launched by RBC, Canada United is a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the movement, RBC brought together more than 70 of Canada’s leading brands, the national Chamber of Commerce network and business associations to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.

 

The actions of Canadians during the campaign helped establish the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses required to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.

 

The Federal Government’s contribution of $12 million to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund brings the total raised to more than $14 million! We are now able to extend relief grants to more small businesses and restart accepting grant applications from small businesses across all Provinces. We have also updated the eligibility criteria and streamlined the application process.

 

The new application window will for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund open on Monday, October 26, 2020. Click here to learn more about Canada United.

 

Learn More and Apply Now

Our Restaurants Campaign

Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce supports ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign to prevent closure of 60 per cent of restaurants over next three months

More than 60 per cent of Canada’s restaurants risk having to close their doors permanently by November, according to government data.

The Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), produced by Statistics Canada with support from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, found that 29% of accommodation and food service businesses cannot operate at all with social distancing measures in effect. A further 31% will only able to remain operational for up to 90 days with distancing measures in effect. In other words, up to 60% of the industry could fail within three months.

These figures are even more troubling when you consider the jobs already lost. When COVID hit, 83% of businesses in the accommodation and food services industries temporarily closed and two-thirds were forced to lay off some staff, including almost a quarter that were forced to lay off all their staff.  According to Restaurants Canada, the food service industry lost 800,000 jobs.

While the economy is now slowly beginning to recover, to date the federal government has not offered help tailored to the needs of the hardest hit industries like food services, which will take a long time to recover. That’s why, with the support of local chambers of commerce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and 15 food service businesses, representing more than 60 brands, has launched the ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign.

“We need to act now. Across Canada, our restaurants are where we meet for business or pleasure, where we got our first job and where our families spend a night out. Simply put, our restaurants are cornerstones in our communities,” said Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “The ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign underscores the urgent need for Canadians – both the public and our governments – to come together to support these businesses in their time of need.”

The campaign puts a spotlight on the current situation faced by Canada’s restaurants amidst COVID-19: high costs, fewer customers, and government programs ill-equipped for the unique, long-term challenges faced by the industry.

Our Restaurants is a campaign led by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and supported by:

  • Arterra Wines Canada
  • Benny & Co.
  • Boston Pizza
  • CWB Franchise Finance
  • Firkin Group of Pubs
  • Foodtastic
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Molson Coors Beverage Company
  • Northland Restaurant Group
  • Paramount Fine Foods
  • Pizza Pizza
  • Restaurants Canada
  • Service Inspired Restaurants (SIR Corp)
  • Louis Bar and Grill Restaurants
  • Sysco Canada

Together these companies represent more than 60 of the best known restaurant brands across Canada and the whole of the food services industry.

“We can all make a difference. Canadians need to observe safety measures while also starting to resume our normal lives, including being able to go out for a meal. Everyone also needs to remind their elected representatives of the importance of our restaurants in our lives,” concluded Beatty.

The campaign is national, bilingual, includes paid advertising, and the launch of the website OurRestaurants.ca (NosRestaurants.ca in French).

Our Restaurants Campaign

Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce supports ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign to prevent closure of 60 per cent of restaurants over next three months

More than 60 per cent of Canada’s restaurants risk having to close their doors permanently by November, according to government data.

The Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), produced by Statistics Canada with support from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, found that 29% of accommodation and food service businesses cannot operate at all with social distancing measures in effect. A further 31% will only able to remain operational for up to 90 days with distancing measures in effect. In other words, up to 60% of the industry could fail within three months.

These figures are even more troubling when you consider the jobs already lost. When COVID hit, 83% of businesses in the accommodation and food services industries temporarily closed and two-thirds were forced to lay off some staff, including almost a quarter that were forced to lay off all their staff.  According to Restaurants Canada, the food service industry lost 800,000 jobs.

While the economy is now slowly beginning to recover, to date the federal government has not offered help tailored to the needs of the hardest hit industries like food services, which will take a long time to recover. That’s why, with the support of local chambers of commerce, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and 15 food service businesses, representing more than 60 brands, has launched the ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign.

“We need to act now. Across Canada, our restaurants are where we meet for business or pleasure, where we got our first job and where our families spend a night out. Simply put, our restaurants are cornerstones in our communities,” said Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “The ‘Our Restaurants’ campaign underscores the urgent need for Canadians – both the public and our governments – to come together to support these businesses in their time of need.”

The campaign puts a spotlight on the current situation faced by Canada’s restaurants amidst COVID-19: high costs, fewer customers, and government programs ill-equipped for the unique, long-term challenges faced by the industry.

Our Restaurants is a campaign led by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and supported by:

  • Arterra Wines Canada
  • Benny & Co.
  • Boston Pizza
  • CWB Franchise Finance
  • Firkin Group of Pubs
  • Foodtastic
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Molson Coors Beverage Company
  • Northland Restaurant Group
  • Paramount Fine Foods
  • Pizza Pizza
  • Restaurants Canada
  • Service Inspired Restaurants (SIR Corp)
  • Louis Bar and Grill Restaurants
  • Sysco Canada

Together these companies represent more than 60 of the best known restaurant brands across Canada and the whole of the food services industry.

“We can all make a difference. Canadians need to observe safety measures while also starting to resume our normal lives, including being able to go out for a meal. Everyone also needs to remind their elected representatives of the importance of our restaurants in our lives,” concluded Beatty.

The campaign is national, bilingual, includes paid advertising, and the launch of the website OurRestaurants.ca (NosRestaurants.ca in French).

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