The Listowel BIA
COVID-19 Updates and the Listowel BIA

Please see updates since our last newsletter. in addition to our COVID-19 updates, see below about two community events that all businesses are invited to participate in - the Teddy Bear Play Day and the Canada Day celebrations. Past newsletters 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.
Stage 2 Opening for Ontario Begins June 12

The Premier has announced the details of stage 2 of  Ontario’s Framework for Reopening . Effective June 12, 2020 at 12:01am, some businesses will be allowed to reopen and the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to ten people with physical distancing measures in place across the province. The province has taken a regional approach to stage 2 reopening and our area will be allowed to enter into stage 2 effective June 12, 2020. As part of stage 2 reopening, the businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures include:
  • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
  • Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
  • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
  • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
  • Camping at private campgrounds;
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
  • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
Everyone, regardless of where they live in the province, must continue to follow public health advice, including to practice physical distancing, wear a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, wash hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. The government, in partnership with health and safety associations, has released more than  100 health and safety guidance documents  to help employers in multiple sectors ― including retail, restaurant and food services and child care ― keep spaces safe for workers and customers. More information about stage 2 of reopening can be found  HERE  and a list of the regions who will be entering stage 2 on June 12, 2020 can be found in the  announcement .

Other Provincial Updates:

  • Today, the Premier’s remarks focused on Ontario’s plan to resume family visits in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings. For more information about this plan, please see today’s announcement.
  • The Premier announced the provincial government’s plan to reopen child care centres across the province effective June 12, 2020 to support the next stage of the province’s reopening framework. Child care centres and home care providers across Ontario will be able to reopen with strict safety and operational requirements in place including capacity limits, having a COVID-19 response plan, screening, cleaning, keeping daily attendance records, implementing drop-off and pick-up protocols, and having a ban on visitors.
  • Premier Ford announced that legislation is being proposed that would ban commercial evictions starting June 3, 2020 until the end of August 2020. The proposed changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act would, if passed, would stop the evictions of small businesses who qualify for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program, as well as reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020. The government intends to bring this legislation forward as soon as possible.  
  • 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.

Federal Government Updates

  • The Prime Minister announced the launch of the Government of Canada’s PPE Supply Hub website to bring together available resources for organizations who are buying and selling PPE. Buyers will find PPE supplier lists, in addition to guidance to help plan their PPE purchases.
  • A reminder that the federal government has launched a Business Support Portal to help businesses find COVID-19 support they may qualify for.

General Business Supports

Deloitte Small Business Funding Tool
Deloitte has put together a tool to help small business owners find the right support and funding to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. This tool is built to ask guiding questions that provide specific funding opportunities that meet your small businesses needs. You can find this tool HERE .

BRS Supports
The  Business Resilience Service  (BRS) is providing small to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations and charities with direct access to a network of qualified business advisors to help provide guidance free of charge. This program will be available for 4 weeks starting May 25 and will involve support business advisors from across the accounting profession. This service is available 7 days/week by calling 1-866-989-1080. Please visit the  BRS website  for more information about the program and the assistance being provided.

North Perth Business Directory

In an effort to track the impact of COVID-19 on North Perth businesses, the Municipality of North Perth is seeking your assistance in providing details on your business operations, as well as the supports you require, through completion of the COVID-19 North Perth Business Questionnaire . They encourage you to complete the survey when your business operations change to keep it up to date. You can complete the survey 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
Teddy Bear Play Day - Virtual - Business Involvement

Next week is the Teddy Bear Hunt! We encourage you to support this amazing event by placing a teddy bear in your window (at your business and home). Take a picture and post it on the event page for everyone to see. Tag us at #discoverlistowel and we will share it on our social media accounts too!
Craft Float Parade Online for Canada Day Celebrations

Mayor Todd Kasenberg extends a call to North Perth and neighbouring communities to participate in a unique “Craft Float Parade Online” as part of the Canada Day 2020 – A Virtual Celebration. See below or here for all the details!
Navigating Government Support Programs

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