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Volume 2 Issue 3 | February 18th 2021
A Roundup of Chamber News & Resources
We're Here to Support As Your Indispensable Partner In Business!
Winner of the Leading Advocates For Local Business Development
2020 Canadian Business Award


To kick-off today's newsletter, you're invited to support local business by joining us at the following events:

  • We welcome both men and women to celebrate at our upcoming fun and interactive Women In Business Awards & Mixology Cocktail Party! Get your tickets (see more information below) and submit your nomination(s) online using our digital form: wasagachamber.ca/nominate.
  • Wear your workout clothes to our Business After 5 with Crossfit Mozomo Athletics. Stay connected, have some fun and win prizes, including a $120 gift certificate from our sponsor. Register here: wasagachamber.ca/BA5
Keep scrolling for more information about the many opportunities, events, relief programs, learning initiatives and more that are available as a support to you and your business.

Thank you again for your commitment and partnership. Our organization is strong because of you. Together, we will continue to tackle this challenge (and whatever the future may bring), ensuring that Wasaga Beach will not only get through this, but will thrive in spite of it!

Your Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

P.S. Contact office@wasagachamber.com to get involved through sponsorships, prizes, volunteering, promotional opportunities and more.

P.P.P.S. Register for your FREE Digital Marketplace account and set up your business listing on Wasaga Beach's Community Information & Business Web Portal. Click here to set up your listing now.

How Can We Help?
The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce is the support and voice for local business. Email us at office@wasagachamber.com to let us know how we can help. NOTE: The best way to reach us is by email at office@wasagachamber.com. You can also call 705-429-2247 and leave a message.
Nominate A Woman In Business
Women In Business Awards & Mixology Cocktail Party
Get Your Tickets | Virtual Event On Zoom
Getting To Know Your Resources & Membership Benefits
Watch The Replay!
Discover the variety of programs, offers, and opportunities that are currently available to you and your business courtesy of our benefit partners, municipal offices, and affiliated government organizations. Click here to view the line-up of speakers who presented up-to-date news, resources and information about the support systems you can benefit from now.
Upcoming Business After 5 Events
Chamber Calendar of Events 2021
Mark Your Calendar!
  • January 28: Business After 5 - Know Your Resources & Benefits Chamber Open House
  • February 25 : Business After 5 - Crossfit Mozomo Athletics
  • March 8: Celebrating Women In Business Awards 
  • March (Mid to Late March): Community Guide Delivered to Chamber & Distributed Via Canada Post
  • March 25: Business After 5 - Wasaga Tax & Accounting
  • April: Chamberlicious Spring Campaign
  • April 29: Business After 5 - ENJO 
  • May 27: Business After 5 - Rustuk Ink
  • June 10: Business Expo & Annual General Meeting
  • July 29: Business After 5 - Ontario Insurance Network & MMEA
  • August 26: Business After 5 - Nature's Cleaning Team
  • September 16: Business Awards & Recognition Ceremony
  • September 30: Business After 5 - De Palma & Associate Legal Services
  • October 21: Small Business Week - Mayor Salute & Chamber Mix N Mingle
  • November 25: Business After 5 - Holiday Social + Toy, Coat and Food Drive
NOTE: Event listings are subject to change and will be held virtually until further notice.
Welcome Our New Members
Nutrition & Wellness Services
Breakfast Restaurant

Residential & Commercial Services
Jewellery Store & Gift Shop
Ontario Small Business Support Grant & Added Relief
Applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant are open. This vital program will provide eligible businesses a one-time grant to help get them through these challenging times. 
The announcement made by Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria stated that the government will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses facing challenges due to the necessary Provincewide Shutdown. This grant allows flexibility for small business owners so that they can spend it however makes the most sense for their businesses (e.g., paying rent, paying employee wages, maintaining inventory, etc.). Businesses can apply at: www.ontario.ca/COVIDSupport. 
We encourage all to promote and share information on this program to help Ontario’s small businesses. We also encourage all small businesses to visit Ontario’s One-Window Small Business Portal which lists all available supports for small businesses struggling with COVID-19 at www.ontario.ca/smallbusiness  

The government is also providing $600-million for property tax and energy bill rebates to support businesses required to close or significantly restrict services due to public health restrictions.  

In addition, they are providing tax relief which includes a proposal to provide municipalities with the ability to cut property taxes for small businesses and reduce business education taxes. The province has also permanently increased the Employer Health Tax (EHT) payroll exemption to $1 million, meaning 90 per cent of employers pay no EHT.

The government of Ontario understands that people of this province are making difficult sacrifices to stop the spread of this virus, often at great personal cost. Through it all, the government recognizes the continued support as people work together in the fight against this terrible virus. It is that Ontario Spirit that will power the economic recovery of Canada's job-creation engine as we look towards a brighter future together. For more information, click here.
Main Street Recovery Grant
$1K To Recover Costs For PPE
This one-time grant reimburses Main Street businesses for personal protective equipment (PPE) costs incurred since March 17, 2020. Eligible small businesses must have 2 to 19 employees and be part of the following sectors:  

  • retail trade;  
  • accommodation and food services;   
  • repair and maintenance;   
  • personal and laundry services;  
  • gyms and yoga studios  
  • arts, entertainment, and recreation. 

To learn more about eligibility to recover Personal Protective Equipment costs, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs#section-1 
Ontario Trillium Fund
$100 Million Over The Next Two Years
Not-for-profits, tourism as well as sports organizations and culture operators will be able to access government support of an additional $100 Million over the next two years through the Community Building Fund. The Ontario Trillium Fund support can be found at: www.otf.ca.
The Ontario Arts Council
$25 Million Emergency Funding
The government is investing an additional $25 Million to support core cultural institutions and artists with emergency funding. The Ontario Arts Council can be found here: https://www.arts.on.ca.
Government-Sponsored Relief Within Reach Website
Businesses and entrepreneurs across Simcoe North have made extraordinary sacrifices throughout these unprecedented times. This website was designed specifically to help to easily access all the financial support available. My office is here to help.
Jill Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North
Watch The Business Support Webinar
Information provided about the Small Business Grant, Ontario Trillium Fund, and emergency funding from the Ontario Arts Council.
Town of Wasaga Beach
Financial Relief Options
Looking For Town Support?
Click here to visit the Wasaga Open For Business Recovery Portal for information on financial relief options currently being offered to businesses due to COVID-19.

Economic Development staff continue to be available by phone and e-mail to provide support and assistance to the public, business community and investors. Please call 705-429-3844, ext. 2274 or email at edo@wasagabeach.com.
Changes To COVID Screening Requirements
In The 2021 Community Information Guide
Source: Email from the office of Kevin Finnerty, Assistant Deputy Minister, Heritage, Tourism and Culture Division
What You Need to Know Before Re-Opening Your Business After the Provincewide Shutdown

Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the COVID-19 Response Framework must implement active screening of patrons in certain zones. Please refer to What each zone means for information on how this may apply to your business or sector.

Workplaces were already required to screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment.

The following screening tools have been updated to further align with current advice as well as return to the Framework:
  • The COVID-19 worker and employee screening tool can be accessed online or downloaded as a PDF.
  • The COVID -19 customer and patron screening tool can be accessed online or downloaded as a PDF.

Additionally, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has developed COVID-19 signage questions to support the new requirement for signage to be posted at all entrances for passive screening before entering a business or organization.

As of Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 am, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health and the Grey Bruce Health Units move back to the framework and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order. 

Simcoe-Muskoka moves to the "Red-Control" zone, while Grey-Bruce moves to the "Yellow-Protect" zone.

Read the full Ontario government News Release HERE
Thank You For Adverting Your Business
In The 2021 Community Information Guide
Coming Soon!
25,000 copies of the The 2021 Official Community Information Guides are distributed nationwide through visitor information centers, as fulfillment to visitor inquiries, at trade shows, and through distribution at many local businesses throughout the area.

We also mail copies to all households in Wasaga Beach and select postal codes in Collingwood, Elmvale, Stayner and surrounding areas.

The Digital Marketplace Web Portal!
Advertise Your Business With A FREE Place Listing
The Digital Marketplace is a Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce initiative to share local business and community information during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We invite all local businesses, organizations, associations, community resources, clubs and places to register for an account.

Once your account is created, you can login to add your business place information and also add any upcoming events. Yes, you can do all of this yourself as well as update your business listing information as needed! Note: Tutorials are available to walk you through the process. Click here to access the video.

Currently all event and business listings are free and you do not need to be a member of the Chamber to participate. Our goal is to build the Digital Marketplace as the go-to portal for Wasaga Beach business and community information. We need your help to do this! You can help us reach this goal by registering for an account and listing your business information as soon as possible.

Our plan is to market the new portal through both traditional and online marketing channels to spread the word about local business here in Wasaga Beach.
Personal Protective Kits
The Chamber provides Personal Protective Kits to residents and tourists for $10 per kit. Business owners can also pick up a kit with social distancing signage provided by the Town of Wasaga Beach. You are welcome to stop by the office of Wasaga Tax & Accounting Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, contact Colleen Bannerman at colleenb@wasagatax.com or email office@wasagachamber.com.
Sponsorship Opportunity: Personal Protection Kits
All Sales Proceeds Donated to The Ministerial Food Bank
Community Resources
Financial Resources
Video Series
2020 Community Information Guide
Getting to Know Your Local Resources Replay
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Post Pandemic Business Playbook
A starter guide to restarting a Post Pandemic business. This tool can help you set priorities, get plans in place and protect your people.

CTM Media Group Announces
1 Million Dollars In Matching Funds Program
For Businesses That Have Been Affected By COVID-19
CTM is a leader in delivering your message to people looking for places to go and sights to see.

This past year has been difficult for businesses seeking to attract travelers and locals looking for fun. 

That's why CTM is launching the Discover More! Program to help businesses amplify their message and make their marketing dollars go a lot further.

Apply online, click here.
Chamber Governing Bodies Resources & Links
International Chamber of Commerce - https://iccwbo.org

International Chamber of Commerce Launches SOS (Save Our SMEs) Website - https://www.sos.iccwbo.org

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - http://www.chamber.ca

Canada Business Resilience Network - Resources to help your small business navigate COVID-19 -https://www.canadianbusinessresiliencenetwork.ca

Ontario Chamber of Commerce - https://occ.ca

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Tools & Resources For Your Business -

COVID-19 Business Webinars To Support You - https://occ.ca/webinars/
Town of Wasaga Beach
Wasaga Beach & COVID-19 Information
Economic Development staff continue to be available by phone and e-mail to provide support and assistance to the public, business community and investors. Please call 705-429-3844, ext. 2274 or email at edo@wasagabeach.com.
COVID-19 Resources
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Portal

Facebook Live Video Briefings With Dr. Charles Gardner Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzFV9L-5L2aoZ9-oRO7ACn8x6xHBmNHXX

Federal COVID-19 Information Line (1-833-784-4397) / Public Health Ontario (1-866-797-0000) -- https://ca.thrive.health/covid19/en

From Our Partners | Employee Benefits
Watch Our Video On Employee Benefits
2019 - 2021 Board of Directors
Colleen Bannerman, Chamber President - Wasaga Tax & Accounting
Tyler Rollins, Chamber Vice President - Key Mortgage Partners
Leslie Listro, Chamber Secretary/Treasurer - Caithkin Treatment Foster Homes
Selena Blais - Chamber Director - Georgian Life Media
Joel Simpson - Chamber Director - Georgian Family Chiropractic
Jason Ruttan - Chamber Director - RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Inc., Brokerage
Christina De Palma - Chamber Director - De Palma & Associate Legal Services
Jennie Elmslie - Chamber Director - Free Spirit Tours
Ava Alward - Chamber Director - Realtor, RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Inc.
Kathy Mulgrew - Chamber Director - Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues
Tanya Emmons - Chamber Director - Butterfly Bliss Healing