In this challenging and constantly changing business environment, the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce want to support our Members by providing relevant and up-to-date information. This includes government announcements and support programs, resources, webinars, surveys, and other important updates.

This is a collaborative email to share information that applies to our memberships at large, sent on behalf of the Grimsby Chamber, Lincoln Chamber, and West Lincoln Chamber.

Ontario unveils back-to-school plan for September
All students will be able to return to the classroom full time this September under the Ontario government’s highly anticipated back-to-school plan.

The 26-page plan says elementary students and secondary students will attend school in-person five days per week, for the first time in months.

Remote learning will remain an option for parents and students who don’t feel comfortable returning to the classroom.
Why workplace screening is more essential than ever
The best way to prevent COVID-19 from entering your business is to screen employees and visitors. You’ll find below the latest information from public health officials, including new guidelines for screening vaccinated individuals, and tools that can help. The Ministry of Health has released Employers Managing Employees with Symptoms within 48 Hours of COVID-19 Immunization, which provides information on screening in the few days following vaccination and specific requirements for workers experiencing symptoms.

Screening is a critical part of your COVID-19 safety plan, along with physical distancing, disinfecting, wearing personal protective equipment, and other control measures.

Why we screen people:
Screening helps identify workers, customers, and visitors who are infected and could spread the virus, especially those showing no symptoms of infection. Even vaccinated people should be screened since they may be carriers.

There are two main types of screening:
  • passive screening, such as posting signs with questions at entrances, encourages people to self-identify if they have any symptoms or risks. In passive screening the individual is responsible for excluding themselves from entering a place such as a business
  • active screening involves asking individuals specific questions related to COVID-19 and possibly taking their temperature. In this case the screener advises the individual whether they can proceed with entry.

Rapid antigen testing is also being used in many workplaces across Canada as part of the active screening process to protect workers. While these tests are not as sensitive as laboratory tests, they can be useful in detecting people infected with COVID-19, including those who are asymptomatic. Rapid testing can be used following the initial screening procedures and are only one piece of a broader strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Refer to Ministry of Health considerations for rapid antigen point-of-care screening.
7 ways to help your employees overcome pandemic weariness
The reopening of businesses and recreational/leisure destinations in Ontario is improving our sense of well-being, yet many of us are still plagued by pandemic weariness.

With a positive approach and outlook, employers can help employees improve their mental health, re-energize and recover their motivation. Click the link below for seven suggestions.
Being a driving force for safety on your tractor
While every harvest season is important to Ontario farmers, 2021 stands apart. The challenges associated with COVID 19 have been felt every step of the way. That said and as tempting as it might be, fast-tracking processes to make up for lost ground should not include any less attention to safety. This includes the operations of tractors on roadways.

“It’s one thing to work quickly, something else entirely to rush,” says Sergeant Kelly Prebble of the Rural Division, Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS). “And this includes our approaches to the fundamentals.”

Things like regular equipment checks must be sustained, especially when tractors are being used around the clock. This includes monitoring tire pressure, lights, and brakes. It’s important to make sure that implements being towed are also road-ready with hitches, pins, and drawbars in good shape and secured properly.
Government of Canada
Government extends COVID-19 benefits and business supports
On July 30, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced the extension of COVID-19 support measures for Canadians and Canadian businesses in recognition that uneven economic reopening across regions and sectors means workers and businesses continue to need support. These extensions include:
  • Extending the eligibility period for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support until October 23, 2021, and increasing the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021.
  • Extending the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) until October 23, 2021.
  • Increasing the maximum number of weeks available for the CRB, by an additional 4 weeks, to a total of 54 weeks, at a rate of $300 per week, and ensuring it is available to those who have exhausted their employment insurance (EI) benefits.
Federal government announces funding for the 2022 Canada Games in the Niagara Region
On August 3, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced an investment of up to $1.1 million for the 2022 Canada Summer Games Host Society in the Niagara region. This funding will help cover additional costs due to the postponement of the Games and impacts of COVID-19. The Games, which were originally planned for the summer of 2021, were rescheduled to August 6 to 21, 2022.
Niagara Region
Employment Forecast Survey
The Employment Help Centre is excited to release its 2021, 3rd Quarter Employment Forecast Survey.

This survey will provide some insight into Labour Market conditions in West Niagara.
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Board Position Available
Each year, the Board of Directors is instrumental in shaping the programming, initiatives, and growth of our Chamber. They are a dedicated group of local leaders invested in finding new ways to engage and support the Lincoln business community.
Do you want to get more involved in the Chamber and help lead our organization, or do you know a member who would be a good fit?
Complete the nomination form to apply for a 2-year position on the 2021-2022 Board of Directors!
Contact us for more details. Nominations close August 15.
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The West Niagara Chambers of Commerce are dedicated to supporting local businesses during the pandemic through advocacy, connecting you to information and resources, offering a space to develop a support system of Chamber peers, and more. Please reach out to Rebecca Shelley (Grimsby), Lindsey Hendriks (Lincoln), or Denise Potter (West Lincoln) if there is anything our Chambers can do to assist your organization during these difficult times.

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