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This week the Chamber is participating in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Policy Convention, advancing the interests of businesses in Brantford-Brant, and learning from our colleagues across Canada. With the announcement of the new federal cabinet yesterday, there are many national issues of importance to focus on, including workforce, immigration, and diversity challenges. Provincially, the essential business recovery information from the Government of Ontario is highlighted below, and we continue to advocate for targeted supports to the hardest-hit industries.
The Chamber is excited to be able to offer a couple of high-profile opportunities to our membership over the coming months, specifically our Shop Local Brantford-Brant campaign, and through ChamberTV, our weekly show on RogersTV. We want to feature and highlight your business, in print, online and through video, and some of these opportunities will be free to you! To participate in Shop Local Brantford-Brant, please contact Olivia Hull, at

For ChamberTV, we are looking to highlight new and innovative businesses and services in the community for the benefit of the general public. ChamberTV airs Thursdays on RogersTV Brantford and records earlier in the week. Please contact to schedule your opportunity.
Provincially, the essential business recovery information from the Government of Ontario is highlighted below, and we continue to advocate for targeted supports to the hardest-hit industries. Please take five minutes to complete the Ontario Economic Report Survey to help guide regional data collection and assist in targeting supports.

Finally, we are excited to be safely planning for our in-person events this fall, including our popular Wine, Women, and Shopping event on November 24th, and our always popular Chamber Christmas Open House, returning to the Rope Factory Event Hall on Tuesday, December 7th, all subject to our Chamber Covid-19 safety protocols and current public health guidelines.
Happy Halloween!
Ontario Government Releases Plan to Gradually Reopen
The Government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting the remaining public health and workplace safety measures, including the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination and wearing of face coverings in indoor public settings, by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.
In the absence of concerning trends, public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted based on the proposed following milestones:
October 25, 2021, at 12:01 am, Ontario will lift capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination are required, such as restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments; indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities such as gyms and where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and indoor meeting and event spaces. Limits will also be lifted in certain outdoor settings.
At this time, the government will also allow other settings to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of vaccination, including:
  • Personal care services (e.g., barbershops, salons, body art);
  • Indoor areas of museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
  • Indoor areas of amusement parks;
  • Indoor areas of fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals;
  • Indoor tour and guide services;
  • Boat tours;
  • Indoor areas of marinas and boating clubs;
  • Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities;
  • Open house events provided by real estate agencies; and
  • Indoor areas of photography studios and services.
Locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place may also implement proof of vaccination requirements for services, rites, or ceremonies at the location.
This will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores and medical supplies. In addition, the government intends to allow for greater capacity at organized public events such as Remembrance Day ceremonies and Santa Claus parades with more details coming in the near future.
November 15, 2021, the government intends to lift capacity limits in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including food or drink establishments with dance facilities (e.g., night clubs, wedding receptions in meeting/event spaces where there is dancing); strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs.
Chamber Events
Calling all Chamber retail businesses…
Would you like to showcase your unique products and/or services in an ideal shopping environment? Our Wine, Women and Shopping event is a perfect opportunity for networking and exposure. Come out and make some great connections and promote your business at the same time.
Contact for more information. Wine, Women and Shopping - 2021
Meridian’s Small Business Contest!
Businesses of all shapes and sizes have faced unprecedented challenges throughout COVID-19. We’ve all heard the stories. A family-run restaurant offering meal kits for festive occasions. An enterprising contractor designing backyard home offices. A distillery brewing up hand sanitizer, donating portions to local clinics and shelters. These stories are a beacon of hope, and they make us proud to serve so many Canadian businesses.
Now, to celebrate Small Business Month, we’re asking you to help us recognize a deserving Ontario business by awarding them up to $15,000!
Send a message to Queen's Park
The Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) are looking for your insights on what matters to business amidst the crisis and post-pandemic recovery. How confident are you in Ontario’s economy and recovery? What is your organization’s outlook for 2022?  

As we work together on post-pandemic recovery, your participation in our annual Business Confidence Survey is as important as ever. The results of the survey will inform the 2022 Ontario Economic Report: the landmark research platform of the OCC, offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province.

Share your views by taking a short five-minute survey here:
Here's Why Disability Awareness & Confidence Training for Your Employees is Key to Creating an Inclusive Environment - Part 2
In 2021, there’s more awareness, conversation and action on disability-inclusive recruiting and hiring of talent, than ever before. This is a good thing. For job seekers who have a disability; businesses; and the economy alike. Numerous research reports, studies and statistics show disability inclusion is a win-win for everyone involved in the journey.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Recovery Activation Program helping local businesses go digital. Click here to learn more and apply
PD27 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-identification Form for Employers. Click here
Government of Canada Covid-19 Alert App: click here to download
Support for your business from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Support for Individuals from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Business Resilience Service phoneline: call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8 am – 8 pm ET
Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA); This $55 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. Click here to apply
Develop your Workplace Safety Plan with tools from the Government of Ontario here.
For the most up-to-date provincial & federal programs, take a look at our website.
Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant