Lunch n Learn with the Employment Help Centre

On October 7, the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce hosted a Lunch n Learn featuring the Employment Help Centre and PC Works, Job Gym, Niagara College, YMCA of Niagara, CERF Niagara, and Employment Solutions, about the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

Attendees listened to this informative presentation while they enjoyed lunch from a selection of local caterers: Conversations Cafe, Urban Cravings, and House in Town.

Miss the event? You can find a recording on the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce YouTube page. Click HERE.

Lunch n Learn with the Employment Help Centre

On October 7, the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce hosted a Lunch n Learn featuring the Employment Help Centre and PC Works, Job Gym, Niagara College, YMCA of Niagara, CERF Niagara, and Employment Solutions, about the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

Attendees listened to this informative presentation while they enjoyed lunch from a selection of local caterers: Conversations Cafe, Urban Cravings, and House in Town.

Miss the event? You can find a recording on the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce YouTube page. Click HERE.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: 2022 Ontario Economic Report Survey

The Ontario Economic Report Survey is a 5 to 7-minute survey about business confidence, pandemic recovery, government support programs, and other timely issues.

Your responses are completely confidential and will help inform the upcoming Ontario Economic Report and the advocacy of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).

Please complete the Grimsby Chamber-specific survey here.

What is the Ontario Economic Report (OER)?

The OER is the landmark research platform of the OCC, offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province.

The OER will be released early next year and will be fully digital and interactive, allowing Chambers and members to filter, use, and compare data relevant to our community.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: 2022 Ontario Economic Report Survey

The Ontario Economic Report Survey is a 5 to 7-minute survey about business confidence, pandemic recovery, government support programs, and other timely issues.

Your responses are completely confidential and will help inform the upcoming Ontario Economic Report and the advocacy of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).

Please complete the Grimsby Chamber-specific survey here.

What is the Ontario Economic Report (OER)?

The OER is the landmark research platform of the OCC, offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province.

The OER will be released early next year and will be fully digital and interactive, allowing Chambers and members to filter, use, and compare data relevant to our community.

Niagara’s Road to Recovery Fall Series

The Grimsby Chamber of Commerce has partnered once again with our Niagara Chamber Partnership colleagues to launch the Fall continuation of Niagara’s Road to Recovery panel series.

Each Tuesday, beginning on September 28, we are bringing together industry experts and business leaders from across the Region to discuss issues that are top-of-mind for businesses right now.

September 28th: Legal/Human Resources⁠⁠
Panelists discussed legalities around employees returning to work; protocols for working from home; nuances around vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees⁠⁠. Please find the recording here.
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October 5th: Healthcare/Mental Health⁠⁠
Panelists discussed the state of public health due to COVID-19; the impact COVID-19 has had on mental health; resources that are currently available⁠⁠. Please find the recording here.
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October 19th: Financial⁠⁠
Panelists will discuss what businesses can expect after grants end and loans become due; where our economy is heading.⁠⁠
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October 26th: Small Business⁠⁠
3 to 4 small business owners from different sectors will be joining this panel discussion. Panelists will share the challenges and opportunities they are experiencing throughout this difficult time.
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November 2nd: Labour Market⁠⁠
Panelists will discuss what is happening in our local labour market; where jobs can be found; how companies are recruiting⁠⁠.
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November 9th: Housing Affordability⁠⁠
Panelists will discuss housing in Niagara and some of the strategies that have been implemented to date. The series will close off with comments from Chair Bradley. ⁠⁠

Niagara’s Road to Recovery Fall Series

The Grimsby Chamber of Commerce has partnered once again with our Niagara Chamber Partnership colleagues to launch the Fall continuation of Niagara’s Road to Recovery panel series.

Each Tuesday, beginning on September 28, we are bringing together industry experts and business leaders from across the Region to discuss issues that are top-of-mind for businesses right now.

September 28th: Legal/Human Resources⁠⁠
Panelists discussed legalities around employees returning to work; protocols for working from home; nuances around vaccinated and non-vaccinated employees⁠⁠. Please find the recording here.
⁠⁠
October 5th: Healthcare/Mental Health⁠⁠
Panelists discussed the state of public health due to COVID-19; the impact COVID-19 has had on mental health; resources that are currently available⁠⁠. Please find the recording here.
⁠⁠
October 19th: Financial⁠⁠
Panelists will discuss what businesses can expect after grants end and loans become due; where our economy is heading.⁠⁠
⁠⁠
October 26th: Small Business⁠⁠
3 to 4 small business owners from different sectors will be joining this panel discussion. Panelists will share the challenges and opportunities they are experiencing throughout this difficult time.
⁠⁠
November 2nd: Labour Market⁠⁠
Panelists will discuss what is happening in our local labour market; where jobs can be found; how companies are recruiting⁠⁠.
⁠⁠
November 9th: Housing Affordability⁠⁠
Panelists will discuss housing in Niagara and some of the strategies that have been implemented to date. The series will close off with comments from Chair Bradley. ⁠⁠

COVID-19 Rapid Screening Kits

The three West Niagara Chambers of Commerce – Grimsby, Lincoln, and West Lincoln – are collaborating to roll out the Rapid Screening program to our local business communities. We are proud to work together to bring this important program to our businesses and be part of the solution to keeping our communities safe.

These kits are FREE for all businesses in West Niagara with less than 150 employees and produce a result in 15 minutes. We suggest that you test your workforce twice per week. Should someone test positive or inconclusive, they must go for a lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. Kits can be picked up (by appointment only) in Grimsby or Beamsville

Why do this?

The latest information from Health Canada suggests that up to 1/3 of people carrying the virus are asymptomatic. Over 50% of known cases were transmitted by an asymptomatic carrier. This makes it incredibly important to find asymptomatic carriers in order to combat the spread and get to a more normalized community life.

Learn more and sign up for a pickup appointment here.

COVID-19 Rapid Screening Kits

The three West Niagara Chambers of Commerce – Grimsby, Lincoln, and West Lincoln – are collaborating to roll out the Rapid Screening program to our local business communities. We are proud to work together to bring this important program to our businesses and be part of the solution to keeping our communities safe.

These kits are FREE for all businesses in West Niagara with less than 150 employees and produce a result in 15 minutes. We suggest that you test your workforce twice per week. Should someone test positive or inconclusive, they must go for a lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. Kits can be picked up (by appointment only) in Grimsby or Beamsville

Why do this?

The latest information from Health Canada suggests that up to 1/3 of people carrying the virus are asymptomatic. Over 50% of known cases were transmitted by an asymptomatic carrier. This makes it incredibly important to find asymptomatic carriers in order to combat the spread and get to a more normalized community life.

Learn more and sign up for a pickup appointment here.

Niagara’s Road to Recovery Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense challenges for multiple industries across Niagara. That’s why the Niagara Chamber Partnership has created Niagara’s Road to Recovery: a five-part series that will run every Tuesday from June 1 to June 29.

Each session will include a moderated conversation highlighting different sectors in the region. We’ll be discussing what these specific industries have experienced throughout the past year, and their plans moving forward.

Our first session on June 1 delved into Niagara’s agriculture/winery industry. Watch the recording here.

Our second session on June 8 delved into Niagara’s tourism industry. Watch the recording here.

Our third session on June 15 delved into Niagara’s construction industry. Watch the recording here.

Our fourth session on June 22 delved into Niagara’s manufacturing industry. Watch the recording here.

Our fifth session on June 29 delved into Niagara’s not-for-profit industry. Watch the recording here.

Niagara’s Road to Recovery Series

The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense challenges for multiple industries across Niagara. That’s why the Niagara Chamber Partnership has created Niagara’s Road to Recovery: a five-part series that will run every Tuesday from June 1 to June 29.

Each session will include a moderated conversation highlighting different sectors in the region. We’ll be discussing what these specific industries have experienced throughout the past year, and their plans moving forward.

Our first session on June 1 delved into Niagara’s agriculture/winery industry. Watch the recording here.

Our second session on June 8 delved into Niagara’s tourism industry. Watch the recording here.

Our third session on June 15 delved into Niagara’s construction industry. Watch the recording here.

Our fourth session on June 22 delved into Niagara’s manufacturing industry. Watch the recording here.

Our fifth session on June 29 delved into Niagara’s not-for-profit industry. Watch the recording here.

BR&E: Economic Development Program Launched

The Grimsby Economic Development Advisory Committee (GEDAC) is launching a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) program to support local businesses. “The goal of the program is to support local businesses so they can grow, create jobs, and stay in Grimsby,” says GEDAC.

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to promote this initiative, currently in Phase One – Preparation, and we encourage all businesses to preregister on the Let’s Talk Business portal.

In addition to communications from the Town, updates will be posted on the Chamber website and social media channels.

Congratulations to the Town of Grimsby and the GEDAC team on bringing this initiative to life! We look forward to supporting your efforts to help local businesses and to create robust dialogue on the needs of the business community, now and in the future.

 

BR&E: Economic Development Program Launched

The Grimsby Economic Development Advisory Committee (GEDAC) is launching a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) program to support local businesses. “The goal of the program is to support local businesses so they can grow, create jobs, and stay in Grimsby,” says GEDAC.

The Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to promote this initiative, currently in Phase One – Preparation, and we encourage all businesses to preregister on the Let’s Talk Business portal.

In addition to communications from the Town, updates will be posted on the Chamber website and social media channels.

Congratulations to the Town of Grimsby and the GEDAC team on bringing this initiative to life! We look forward to supporting your efforts to help local businesses and to create robust dialogue on the needs of the business community, now and in the future.

 

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.

 

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