The Listowel BIA
COVID-19 Updates and the Listowel BIA

Please see updates since our last newsletter. Past newsletters for COVID-19 can be found on our website at We continue to be available to you at or 519-444-8233. If you have any questions, concerns or are experiencing challenges during this time, please reach out to us.
Provincial Government Updates

  • The government of Ontario announced that all emergency orders have been extended until May 29, 2020. This emergency order extension includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, as well as restrictions of social gatherings of more than five people.
  • The Ontario government announced that elementary and secondary schools will remain closed for the remainder of this school year, with at-home learning to continue. The emergency child care support will continue to operate and provide support for health care and other frontline workers. A gradual reopening of child care is expected to begin when the province is ready to transition to Stage 2 based on public health criteria; the gradual reopening of summer day camps is subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.
  • The Ontario government is working with Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX), Canada's first industry-led hub for med-tech start-ups, to provide non-medical manufacturing companies free support as they retool to provide essential supplies and equipment to health care facilities during COVID-19. Non-medical manufacturing companies that have received funding through the Ontario Together Fund, or a Purchase Order with the Province of Ontario, can access MIX members' medical advisory services, including assistance navigating regulatory hurdles and increasing efficiencies. By taking advantage of these opportunities, companies can accelerate the delivery of much needed medical supplies and products to the front lines.
  • Stage 1 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening our Province has begun. Please see the Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings for more information on businesses that can reopen. The government and health and safety associations have released more than 90 safety guidance documents to assist employers in multiple sectors, including construction, retail, facilities maintenance and manufacturing. The Ministry of Health has also released a Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces.
  • The Ontario government has launched a website, the Workplace PPE Supplier Directory, to provide businesses with a list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply PPE to businesses.
  • For questions about what businesses will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Federal Government Updates

  • The Prime Minister announced that the application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will open on May 25, 2020. The Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation’s CECRA website has been updated with more information for small businesses and landlords, including FAQs, the application process, what information is needed to apply, who is eligible to apply, and which small businesses are eligible. Please visit this website for more information. 
  • On May 19, the Prime Minister announced that the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will be expanded to include more owner-operated small businesses. The program will now be available to a greater number of businesses that are sole proprietors receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll. To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 would need:
  • a business operating account at a participating financial institution
  • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
  • eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities, and insurance.
The CEBA funding is being distributed through financial institutions. Please talk with your financial institution for more information and to apply.
  • On Friday, it was announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended until August 29, 2020. The Government will consult with key business and labour representatives over the next month on potential adjustments to the program, including the 30 per cent revenue decline threshold. In addition to the extension, the government made regulatory changes to extend eligibility for CEWS to additional groups including Indigenous government-owned businesses, registered Canadian amateur athletic associations, registered journalism organizations, and non-public educational and training institutions. You can find more information about these changes HERE.
Open For Business Signs


Roger from PennySaver Signs has developed these amazing signs for our businesses. He has donated them to any business in North Perth who would like to display them. If you would like a sign, please contact me at
North Perth Teddy Bear Play Day Goes Virtual!

North Perth has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s 18 th Annual Teddy Bear Play Day event. This event is a popular Community Event so they are planning a “Virtual Teddy Bear Event” starting June 1 st ! North Perth is seeking local businesses, community groups and volunteers to take a picture of a Teddy Bear with your logo, business card, staff, or volunteers supporting “North Perth’s 2020 Virtual Teddy Bear Play Event” for their “Event Page” on Facebook. More details on how you can supprot this event are on the poster. Thanks for your Support to North Perth. 
RRRF and Navigating Government Support Programs

Applications are now open for the new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). The RRRF provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) of up to $40,000 to help support fixed operating costs and working capital needs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The RRRF fund is intended to support businesses who have attempted to access other federal relief supports and were ineligible, rejected, or require funding for expenses that have not been supported, with priority given to applicants who were ineligible or rejected from other federal relief supports. For more information about the program, please see the  program guidelines  and the  frequently asked questions .

Community Futures Development Corporations across southern Ontario are here to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 that have been unable to access other federal support. The intake process is now open on the Perth Community Futures Development Corporation website for the RRRF. To apply, go HERE and follow the directions for the application.
In addition, Perth Community Futures Development Corporation (PCFDC) is available to assist with providing support and information on all government funding available as well as going through cash flow, etc. You can reach Alex at PCFDC at:

Alex Toll
Lender, Business Analyst
Perth Community Futures Development Corporation
Stratford Perth Community Foundation Local Charity Support

Stratford Perth Community Foundation announced this week it will be providing over $200,000 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of a new partnership with Community Foundations of Canada , United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross , funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The Stratford Perth Community Foundation is among some 150 local community foundations across Canada that are taking part. The Community Foundation recognizes it is stronger together, and is committed to working in a coordinated effort with ECSF program partner United Way Perth-Huron, also accepting funding applications.

The Stratford Perth Community Foundation has started accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, for purchase assistance, and more. Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit the foundation website for eligibility and application details.
Retail Council Of Canada Assistance

To assist retailers in their reopening planning, Retail Council of Canada, in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group and retailers from across Canada, are leveraging global best practices for a diverse range of retail formats with the fundamental aim of ensuring a safe environment for employees and customers. Go HERE to access their recovery playbook and resources.
COVID-19 Public Health and Wellness Resources

Huron Perth Public Heath - Visited their website HERE to see resources available during this time.

Ontario Ministry of Health - Visit there website HERE. S ector specific guidance documents are available HERE.

Public Health Agency of Canada website has resources and information available to you and can be found HERE.

Here4HealthCare - This is a new service to reach front line healthcare workers and provide them with the support they may need. Services include access to psychiatry, crisis services and counselling/support options. There is also a web page with online resources and tools, as well as a web enabled referral form for health care workers to connect directly which can be found HERE.

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