Yesterday, the government of Ontario announced changes to its re-opening plans, as noted below. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce again has asked for a sustainable, comprehensive, and clear plan so that businesses can adjust and plan for a safe and successful re-opening. See that statement here.
Over the past week, the Chamber has monitored and participated in discussions with our colleagues across Canada regarding the demonstrations in Ottawa, Windsor, and other communities across the country. The result is an open letter to our elected representatives to take action to resolve the blockades of critical infrastructure that have serious economic and reputational consequences. Please let us know how the border disruptions have impacted your business in our poll this week.
Additional advocacy efforts in February include a number of meetings with municipal leaders, and finalizing the details for the MP/MPP Breakfast on February 25th. Register now!
Our Rapid Screening Program continues to be in high demand, and thank you to our friends at the Paris and District Chamber of Commerce for lending a hand preparing the kits for distribution this past week. Staff are diligently working through pre-booked
appointments with our current supply, and anticipate additional resources and more appointments to follow in the coming weeks. We are also pleased to welcome our new co-op student to initially assist with the program.
The Ontario Small Business Relief Grant applications opened this week, please take advantage of this if eligible, and let us know about the process and issues or challenges you have with it so we can advance those concerns to government with the collective voice of the Chamber Network.
Stay warm, stay safe,
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