The Listowel BIA
e-Newsletter
Summer is here and we are getting closer to opening our doors! This newsletter includes information on rapid test kits for our businesses, the Ontario reopening plan, the North Perth Façade program as well as several other updates. As always, we are marketing Listowel and our business community through radio, print, social media and general promotions. Our Coordinator continues to work from her home office but is available via email at lschaefer@northperth.ca or by phone at 519-444-8233. Please reach out to us at anytime.
North Perth Virtual Teddy Bear PlayDay!

The North Perth Teddy Bear Play Day is going to be a fun virtual and interactive event. You can support this great event by participating in the Teddy Bear Hunt from June 14 to 19, 2021. See the details in the poster and support a fun event for our kids!

Shop Local and Win Receipt Program!

To continue to encourage local shopping during lockdown, the Listowel BIA developed a new contest. We are encouraging residents to spend the money that they would normally spend at a Listowel business by buying a gift card, ordering delivery/takeout, or purchasing a product online or by phone for pick-up/delivery. Then, they should follow steps 1 to 4 (see side picture) for a chance to win a $25 gift card to a Listowel business of their choice. The first draw was made on May 25, 2021 and draws will continue until we are into Phase 1 of the Ontario Reopen Plan.


2021 Canada Day Craft Float Parade!

You're invited to submit your craft floats into North Perth Mayor Kasenberg’s 2021 Canada Day Craft Float Parade! Find the submission guidelines and entry form by visiting HERE. Entries must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021.








Rapid Test Screening Now Available at the North Perth Chamber of Commerce!!!

We are excited to announce that the North Perth Chamber of Commerce has successfully become a distributer of rapid test kits for our businesses. Details include:
 
  • FREE for all businesses in North Perth with less than 150 employees!
  • Pick up kits (by appointment only) at the Chamber office
  • Asymptomatic employees test themselves twice per week
  • Get results in 15 minutes!
  • Those who test positive or inconclusive must go for a lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at a local site

The Chamber is launching this program on Monday, May 31, 2021. Visit their website to sign-up at  
The Ontario Roadmap to Reopen
Province Safely Reopening Outdoor Recreational Amenities Prior to End of Stay-at-Home Order

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. In response to recent improvements to these indicators, Ontario allowed some outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021.

The Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:
  • Step One: An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Two: Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.
  • Step Three: Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:
  • Step 1: 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose.
  • Step 2: 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
  • Step 3: 70 to 80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One.

The press release can be found HERE. The backgrounder can be found HERE.
North Perth Façade Program Opens June 1, 2021!

The Municipality of North Perth has developed a Façade Improvement Program (FIP) for businesses operating in the downtowns of Listowel, Atwood, and Monkton. This program has been designed to alleviate the costs of property renovations and improve the quality of our downtowns.
 
A grant covering 50% of eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $7,500 is being offered for approved projects. The Municipality will be accepting applications for the Façade Improvement Program starting June 1st. Funding for this program is limited, so those interested in the program should contact CIP Project Planner, Lee Barich by phone (519) 444-4222 or email lbarich@northperth.ca. Businesses can find the application form and program information on the Municipal website under the “Incentives and Funding” page HERE.

More information and the press release can be found HERE.

The Listowel BIA supports this program and has helped to make it possible with financial and in-kind support. We believe this program will help to ensure our downtown is welcoming and enhances our beautification efforts.



Summer Beautification

Our summer banners are up and we are getting ready to put our flowers out - hopefully by next week.

Look for them to add some beauty to Listowel and help to welcome our shoppers soon!

Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Grant

The Ontario Government has rolled out a program that will provide one-time payments of up to $20,000 to eligible travel and tourism businesses through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant. The new program aims to support businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. Applications for this grant close on Friday, June 25, 2021.

More information on this program can be found in the press release HERE.

Perth County Launches New Snapshot Business Support Program

The Economic Development and Tourism Division at Perth County has launched a new program called Perth County Snapshot Program. The program is aimed at supporting businesses across rural Perth County who have been hard hit by providing them with professional photography packages to enhance their digital presence and support their COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Many businesses have had to pivot their operations online in order to earn revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital photography assets provided through this program will give businesses an important tool to promote themselves online. High quality photography will help businesses showcase products and services to help customers feel more connected to business owners as well as to the physical space, products and services they offer.

The program will support local businesses and will focus particularly on sectors disproportionality impacted by pandemic restrictions. Applications will be accepted online until June 7, 2021. To view details and application criteria, businesses can visit: www.perthcounty.ca/SnapshotProgram

Listowel Sign Wars

The Sign Wars wage on and we just want to thank Listowel Speedy Glass and Listowel Dairy Queen once again for the joy they have brought to our community at such as hard time. Our business community really is amazing. This is just one, of many, examples of just how amazing!










Business Helping Businesses Facebook Networking Group

The North Perth Chamber of Commerce with support from the Listowel BIA has launched a new Networking Group page on Facebook. North Perth businesses can unite online to support each other, share experiences and develop a network of peers. All North Perth businesses are welcome. To join the group, go HERE.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions, comments, or require assistance. We will continue to promote supporting local during this time through various channels including social media, radio and print.

You can reach Lisa Schaefer, Coordinator, by email at lschaefer@northperth.ca or by phone at 519-444-8233.
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