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.
Provincial Government Update:
The Ontario government is  extending the Declaration of Emergency under the  Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act  for a further 28 days . This will allow the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency is now in effect until May 12, 2020 and allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, which includes the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people.

Federal Government Update:
On Saturday April 11 th Bill C-14, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2  received Royal Assent, bringing this measure into law. This bill includes the  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) , with the  additional flexibilities  to CEWS that were announced last week.
Mental Health Support for Business Owners
The uncertainty, business closures, job losses and financial stresses brought on by COVID-19 can impact the mental health and wellness of our small business owners very hard. In an effort to help, the Perth Community Futures Development Corporation, the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, the Stratford-Perth Centre for Business, and local businesses, Hyde Construction Ltd. & Orr Insurance & Investment, in partnership with the United Way Perth Huron have funded a program to offer Mental Wellness support at no cost to business owners in the County, Stratford and St. Marys. The Listowel BIA thanks these organizations for this important initiative.
For more details, please see the attached document HERE

Truck Driver Support from Tim Horton's
Attention Truck Drivers traveling through North Perth!

Effective April 8th, the Listowel Tim Hortons located at 215 Mitchell Road South has added doorbell access and plexiglass protection at one cash register for truck drivers to order food/beverages and use the washroom facilities.
For service, drivers are asked to ring the doorbell or call 1-519-418-1700. The hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Thank you, Tim Horton's!
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
The Kin Family COVID-19 Small Business Gift Card
The Listowel BIA is excited to be the lead sponsor of a Kin Family initiative to support our local businesses. The Kin Family recognizes the significant impact to our local economy that COVID-19 restrictions have had. As a result, they have developed the “COVID-19 Small Business Gift Card” program for our local small businesses in the most need of added support.

The Listowel BIA is proud to support this program as it will provide additional income/support to local businesses, promote shopping local during COVID-19 for all businesses and add funds to our community. The Listowel BIA is sponsoring this initiative with program development assistance, promotion/advertising and will make a $5 donation to the program for every $50 purchased, up to $2500. By doing this, we are helping our business community during this time and our general community, which was greatly impacted by the loss of many Paddyfest events, which bring in thousands of dollars for community betterment. The Kin motto has always been,  'SERVING THE COMMUNITY'S GREATEST NEED' and we are proud to assist them in this project.  

Click HERE for the details of this program.  
Business and Agriculture Community Teleconferences
Mayor Todd Kasenberg, CAO Kriss Snell and Community Development Coordinator Kim Kowch are holding Business and Agriculture Community Teleconferences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners and those in the Agriculture sector are encouraged to participate using the call # and participant code below.

Business Community Teleconference - Thursday, April 23rd at 8:45 a.m.

Agriculture Community Teleconference - Thursday, April 23rd at 10:00 a.m.

Call 519-418-6338 OR (toll-free) 1-855-727-6338, and when asked for a meeting code, enter 4593285.

 North Perth COVID-19 Business Questionnaire and 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 the completion of their COVID-19 North Perth Business Questionnaire .  They will use this information to plan for current and future local business supports, as well as to advocate on your behalf in any discussion with other levels of government to support an understanding of local business needs. If you have already completed this questionnaire you are welcome to complete it again if your circumstances have changed and/or you have additional input. The questionnaire can be found HERE .

Keeping Safe While Open for Business
If your workplace is open during this time, get tips to help keep everyone safe & healthy HERE.

Business Resources and Programs to Assist during COVID-2020
For a list of all resources available to business, go to the Municipality of North Perth Business Support Page found HERE .

Business Directory
The Business Directory is also now up. Please make sure you have provided your current business operations so we can share with the community. The directory can be found HERE .
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2.0
Perth County Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with investStratford are seeking input from local businesses to continue monitoring the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Your input helps track the impact locally and advocate on your behalf to the Provincial and Federal Government. Click HERE to access the survey.

Perth County Business Directory Update
The Economic Development and Tourism at Perth County are updating their business directory. In addition, if your business is operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic, they are asking for the details of your modified operations. Click HERE to access the form.
Ask An Expert
Join SPCB and the Stratford City Centre every Wednesday at 2pm for their new Ask An Expert series. Starting Wednesday April 15 with their guest Mallory Herold of Full Deck HR firm. Mallory will be answering your questions about EI vs. CERB, who is eligible, what to can expect once you register for benefits and more. Click HERE to register.
Stratford Perth Centre for Business Entrepreneurial Academy
The SPCB has made available all of their Entrepreneur Academy courses free to our businesses during this time. They have built a vast resource centre full with content to help you take your business digital, manage your employees and cash flow and creatively pivot towards revenue. Click HERE to go to the Academy and review all the courses and resources available to you today.

2-1-1 Call Support for Our Community
2-1-1 is a free, confidential, 24/7/365, live answer help line that connects people with available local social serves that can help them with challenges they are facing.

United Way Perth-Huron COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund
United Way Perth Huron built a fund for during this time and it has grown rapidly. They have the ability for organizations to put forth their urgent need and can direct funds for solutions rapidly. Click HERE for additional details.
You can reach Lisa Schaefer, Coordinator, by email at or by phone at 519-444-8233.
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