CHAMBER CHAT - Week of May 3

It's the first week of May! Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and we have two goose families wandering in our back yard... (which is actually better than having them swimming because that has been known to happen with late spring flooding.) Though it would be nice to see a bit more sun and a little less rain.

I suppose the bright side of cold, wet spring weather is that if we can't have patios or golf courses open anyway, we aren't wasting beautiful weather stuck at home. That's not meant to be light-hearted, really - this lockdown is wearing us all down and while we might understand it's the right thing to do it's difficult to balance emotionally as businesses suffer and people struggle with isolation.

Access to vaccinations is hopefully improving - Lisa & Susan are "done" and I've got my name on the list now for a pharmacy shot... and there are Chambers across the province accessing rapid test kits that they are making available to members.

We are considering participating in the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit Distribution Plan for Small and Medium Sized Businesses under 150 Employees. The purpose of screening people in the workplace with rapid antigen testing will help identify individuals with COVID-19 to help protect others from exposure and provide much needed data about viral prevalence within job sites and communities across Canada. The goal of this program is to identify individuals who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic to prevent them from spreading the COVID-19 virus in the workplace, at home and in the community.

So, quick question - would you use rapid test kits for your employees if they were available? We're hearing about the logistics and management from others and based on their experience of the rollout, are looking at whether we can make this happen here. Your interest will help guide our decision... email me now if you want to know more!

Tomorrow and Wednesday this week I'll be attending the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Conference and AGM from my kitchen office (along with 1st Vice Anthony Callaghan)... and then we're into planning for our own AGM scheduled for Friday, May 28th. See our "save the date" info below.

There are some mixed responses to the Ontario sick leave option and I believe the intention is to provide a bridge between the time it takes for the federal CSRB program to kick in if you are required to stay home after a positive test result... please, continue to encourage your employees to register for these programs if they aren't able to come to work. More details on those below as well.

Wishing you the best week possible!

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Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
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Ontario to provide employees with three paid sick days
REASONS that employees can use this include
  • Getting tested for COVID-19
  • Staying home waiting for results from your test
  • Getting vaccinated and experiencing side effects.
  • Having been advised to self-isolate
We are currently faced with a province-wide
'Stay-At-Home' order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as getting groceries or going to the pharmacy, health care, outdoor exercise or for work that cannot be done remotely. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health will continue to update information for local businesses.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
is extended to four weeks.
If you have an employee that should be staying home, and you don't have paid sick days, give them this information.
The CRSB provides $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) per week for up to a maximum of four weeks, for workers who:
  • Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
  • Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
  • have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.
CLICK HERE for information on financial supports available through the province.
provides $10,000 to $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincial shutdown. Application details will soon be available.

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