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.

 

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.

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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.

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