The Listowel BIA
COVID-19 Updates and the Listowel BIA

Please see updates since our last newsletter. 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.
Provincial Updates:

  • The province of Ontario announced $10 million in emergency assistance being provided by the provincial and federal governments to beef and hog farmers to help covers increased costs due to COVID-19.
  • The Premier announced that the Ontario government has launched a new general workplace guide, which will help employers develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers, and clients. This resource includes information that will help employers identity the risks, determine what controls are needed, create a workplace safety plan, implement the plan, and communicate to workers and other people entering your workplace.
  • The Premier announced that effective this Friday June 19th, seven additional regions will enter Stage 2 in Ontario’s Framework for Reopening. Three regions will remain in stage 1 for now: Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex County.
  • On June 12, the Premier announced that the public health guidelines have changed to include social circles of up to 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing. This change came into effect immediately and can include people outside of the immediate household. For more information on how to safely create a social circle, see the province’s step by step guide.
  • The government of Ontario announced that they are expanding the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program to enhance health and safety measures on farms and in food processing facilities. The Enhanced Agri-food Workplace Protection Program provides cost-share funding for farmers to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and implement workplace modifications and other measures. 
  • As a reminder, 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 that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be extended by 8 weeks. Please see the CERB site for more information.
  • The Prime Minister announced that Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current measures in place along our border until July 21, 2020, which is a 30 day extension.
  • Canada’s Minister of Finance, provided details about the changes to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) that were announced last month. It was announced that as of this Friday June 19th, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the CEBA. This means that owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week. To qualify under the expanded eligibility rules, CEBA applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will need a business operating account at a participating financial institution; a Canada Revenue Agency business number; a 2018 or 2019 tax return; and eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible businesses will qualify for financing of up to $40,000, with 25 per cent of this being forgivable based on the current terms of CEBA loans. Businesses can contact their primary financial institution for more information or to apply directly for CEBA. More information on the expanded CEBA can be found on the program’s website.
  • The Minister of Transport announced that the Government of Canada will now require temperature screenings for all passengers travelling to Canada or travelers departing Canadian airports for either international or domestic destinations in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. These temporary checks will be implemented in a phased approached beginning June 20th. You can read the announcement HERE.
  • 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.

Other Supports

The Toronto Region Board of Trade announced a partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to launch the Recovery Activation Program (RAP), which is a program that is available to businesses for free and province-wide. This program offers businesses the know-how, blueprint and partners to address the conditions that COVID-19 has created by implementing digital solutions to their front, middle and back-offices. More information about the program can be found HERE .

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

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
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!
North Perth has launched a new and FREE Ecommerce Marketplace ‘Shop Local North Perth'!
Shop Local North Perth is an e-commerce marketplace hosted by the Municipality of North Perth with the purpose of supplying an online platform to support and connect North Perth businesses with buyers. If you are a North Perth business or organization and have a product or service to offer for a set price, you can join this marketplace. For more information or to register, email or check out the media release HERE .

Cancellation of North Perth Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camps, Pools and Splash Pad Operations
After a thorough review of provincial restrictions, public health measures and re-opening safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality of North Perth has made the difficult decision to cancel the North Perth Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camps, outdoor pools and splash pad operations for summer 2020. See HERE for the media release.
You can reach Lisa Schaefer, Coordinator, by email at or by phone at 519-444-8233.
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