The Lennox & Addington Economic Development Team is available to provide support to local businesses during this very challenging time. Business Coaches are here to help through phone, email, and video conferencing on any questions you may have with regards to financial support, staffing or diversifying.

We can assist you to navigate through the announcements made by government and provide more information as it comes up, even with it changing so rapidly. We are here to help you succeed, under any circumstance. You are not alone and we are available to help at any time.  


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Updated Provincial Guidelines - April 17

The Ontario government is strengthening enforcement of the province's Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures.  The following is a summary of the additional measures coming into effect as of Saturday:

  • Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;
  • Close all non-essential workplaces in the construction sector;
  • Reduce capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies; and,
  • Close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds with limited exceptions.

In addition, effective Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is limiting the capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services will be permitted.

All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only), will continue to apply.

For more detailed information on what businesses are allowed to be open please go to:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/enhancing-public-health-and-workplace-safety-measures-provincewide-shutdown

 


Declaration of Emergency and Stay At Home Orders

A province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order are in effect as of April 8 at 12:01 a.m. The province has updated their websites with the latest guidelines and business requirements. This will provide more information as you prepare for the latest emergency measures:

Media Release: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

COVID-19: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require any assistance from the Economic Development Office.


Memo from KFL&A Public Health - February 9, 2021

Dr. Moore from KFL&A Public Health has provided more information regarding the recent announcement lifting the stay-at-home order for the KFL&A region. Business owners should find this very helpful.

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Small Business Support Grant

The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown.

Apply Here  |  Tutorial Video Here


Tourism Adaptation Fund

Tourism-related businesses in Lennox & Addington are now eligible to receive funding from the FedDev's COVID 19 Tourism Adaptation Fund.


COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open — Lockdown Measures

This document presents a summary of the zones in Ontario’s response framework.


KFL&A Public Health Orders Face Coverings Mandatory in Commercial Establishments

As of June 27, all individuals must wear a face covering (e.g., homemade or purchased mask, scarf or bandana) when entering and accessing services at any commercial establishments in the KFL&A area. 


Ontario Main Street PPE Grant

Eligible small businesses can receive one-time grants of up to $1,000. To be eligible, your business must have 2 to 19 employees and be in one of the following sectors: retail, accommodation and food services, repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services, gyms and yoga studios, arts, entertainment and recreation.


Guides to Safely Re-opening Your Business

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Develop your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

Learn how you can create a plan to help protect your workers and others from COVID-19.

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Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the Canada Recovery Benefit

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Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate

Businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs. Businesses struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19 may also be eligible for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB), which you can apply to through your utility provider.

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REVISED Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) 

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) expansion is now open for applications. Eligible businesses can increase their current loan from $40,000 to $60,000 – an additional $20,000. Any eligible business who has not applied previously may also now qualify for up to a $60,000 loan. All applicants have until March 31, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion. New applications are accepted through your financial institution.

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Community Futures Relief and Recovery Loan 

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FAQ's


To find a summary of the relief programs announced by the Government of Canada visit:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


How to avoid layoffs:

Learn about the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (75%) 


Commercial rent assistance for Landlords & Small Business

Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy


Flexibility on taxes:

More time to pay Income Taxes

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Duty Payments


Agri-Food Program to Support Online Sales

Bring Your Business Online

 

Support for farmers:

Increasing Credit Available

 

Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19

Operating Your Essential Farm Business


Support for Business - Province of Ontario

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What other organizations can I receive information from?

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Export Development Canada

KFL&A Public Health

Ontario Federation of Agriculture


How You Can Help

Ontario Together calls for suppliers and solutions – Ontario is welcoming help help from businesses and organizations who can:

Supply emergency products like ventilators, swabs and masks

Submit innovative solutions for specific scenarios

Submit a proposal for ideas, other products or services to help Ontarians


Promoting your Business Online

Helpful guides about social media advertising, online sales functions, etc.


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