Without a doubt, this is a very challenging time for our Downtown businesses and the community. Our staff is working hard to support you during this time of uneasiness and social distancing. Please continue to check back on this page for more information as it becomes available.
Region and Municipal Updates
Government of Ontario
"The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.
Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for this one-time grant. Each small business will be able to use the support in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business."
Find more information and eligibility, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/59788/post-4
City of Kitchener
Business Development Bank (BDB) of Canada
Government of Canada
Employment & Social Development - employment, insurance, work-sharing and labour programs
Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
WRSBC is hosting a number of other webinars and free training sessions at the link attached here.
Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of webinars as a chance to learn from industry experts on important topics. From technology and marketing, to professional and teamp development sessions. Click here for upcoming webinars.
LIVE: Ask the Expert - Accessing Government COVID-19 Support Programs for Business
The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce today’s launch of “Live: Ask the Expert - Accessing Government COVID Support Programs for Business.”
Held online every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3 p.m., Ask the Expert provides business operators the opportunity to receive FREE general advice and guidance on federal and provincial support programs from a variety of professionals surrounding issues you may be trying to steer your way through. Including:
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
- Ontario Small Business Support Grant
- Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grant
- COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business
- Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support
Click below for more information, to ask questions in advance and to reserve your free seat: https://chambercheck.ca/
Ask an expert registration: https://chamberbr.axonify.com/training/auth.html
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
International Economic Development Council
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Ontario Ministry of Health
Region of Waterloo Public Health
January 13, 2021 - Enhanced Public Health and Workplace Measures [https://conta.cc/3nHjPv1]
Public Health Ontario
Help for my Restaurant
Safety & Security
Waterloo Region Police Service
Statement from WRPS - April, 2020:
The Waterloo Regional Police Service continues to provide essential service in the Kitchener Downtown. Increased presence by our Community Engagement Officers, Central CORE Team, Community Resource Officers and Zone Officers is ongoing and we are responding to concerns throughout the downtown. I would encourage business to include messages about closures to be temporary and check your business regularly. It is important to report any activity, property damage or other issues promptly so we can respond.
Please reach out to us via Slack, email or by phone if you have any questions or comments.
Statement from WRPS - March, 2020:
"The Waterloo Regional Police Service continues to offer essential service to the community.
We understand business owners may be feeling anxious at this time of uncertainty. We want to reassure you that it is business as usual for us and officers will remain on patrol throughout Waterloo Region responding to calls for service.
This is a time when our community needs to come together, to help each other, and to watch out for one another. We remind business owners and residents of this community to report any suspicious activity or individuals to police."
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime. Here are ways to protect your business.
Keeping Downtown Clean
January 2021: Clean Team 1, 2 and the Downtwon Discovery Team will remain on hold until further notice.
July 2020: Clean Team 1 and 2, in addition to the Downtown Discovery Team have returned to service with modified hours. The Downtown Organic Waste Diversion Pilot will remain on hold until further notice.
March 2020: Due to Public Health concerns, Clean Team 1, 2 and the Downtown Organic Waste Diversion Pilot Program have been placed on a temporary hold. If you have any questions please reach out.
COVID-19 Impact to BIA Communities Survey
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Programs
The Government of Ontario has made funding available to support residential, small business and charitable organization customers who have overdue amounts on their energy bills as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
Residential Customers: learn how to apply for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) Electricity and natural gas utilities and unit sub-meter providers began accepting applications for CEAP on July 13, 2020. Small Business and Registered Charity Customers: learn how to apply for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program – Small Business (CEAP-SB) Electricity and natural gas utilities and unit sub-meter providers began accepting applications for CEAP-SB on August 31, 2020.
Paid Sick Days - Worker Income Protection Benefit
The Province of Ontario has legislated three paid sick days for full-time & part-time Ontario workers. The Provincial government will reimburse employees up to $200 per day. This measure was introduced to halt the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces and is a temporary measure set to end September 25th, 2021.
This legislation aims to provide Ontario workers with the ability to stay home when ill. Workers are entitled to their normal pay rate. Employers are now eligible to recoup costs of up to $200 per day under this new WSIB credit. Should a worker need additional sick days beyond these three days, they are still eligible for the federal credit, which has been upped to $1,000 (increased from $500).