March 10, 2021 | Issue 10
From the Desk of the CEO...
Welcome to this week’s E-News!
The Chamber is pleased to celebrate International Women’s Day this week, recognizing the importance of an inclusive and diverse economy and the essential perspective that women bring to business. We are pleased to highlight a couple of opportunities below to learn about the insight that women are bringing to economic recovery from the pandemic.

We are also saddened to recognize the loss of Walter Gretzky to his family and our community.
Striving to see the best in people, kindness, and empathy are significant memories I have of Walter, as well as a photo with my son Ollie, and a number of autographs.
He will be missed.


Please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions for the full list of public health region classifications and what you need to know.
What's Up at the Chamber?
Join us for the virtual AGM to welcome the new President & Board and celebrate our Past President!
Join us on April 22, 2021, to learn expert tips on co-op recruiting best practices, how to navigate the hiring process like a pro, and how you can access up to 70% funding to support your hire!
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March 2021 Issue of In Touch
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As we commemorate International Women’s Day this week, we are also marking one year of the pandemic in Canada. COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect women in the workforce as employees and business-owners/entrepreneurs.
This is not a women’s issue; it is an economic issue. This past Monday, our Council for Women’s Advocacy released a statement calling on the government to immediately implement five recommendations aimed at supporting women and fostering economic growth in response to the  COVID-19 pandemic. Read the recommendations
Join the Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, in a conversation with the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, on an inclusive response and recovery.
During the course of the conversation, Minister Monsef will provide her first-hand experience with the federal government’s COVID-19 pandemic efforts, including her insights on its inclusive response over the past year and what is needed as we look forward to recovery. She will address a series of questions regarding both sides of her mandate, with an opportunity to take questions from participants at the end of the conversation. 
March 11 @ 3:30 pm. Register here
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Member Privileges
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Virtual Networking with the Edinburgh Chamber!
The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual trade mission to Ontario, Canada, from March 30 – April 1. As part of this mission, they will be hosting a networking session for members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce from 10:15 am -11:15 am ET on Thursday, April 1. You will get a chance to meet the delegation and promote your business in zoom breakout rooms and network in a digital format. Places are limited to one person per company, and the deadline date for bookings is March 23.

Please contact Jessica Wright, Senior Events Specialist, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, if you have any further questions.
COVID-19 Grants & Loans
Grant helps more than 78,000 Small Businesses!
Through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, our government has provided more than $1 billion in direct support to help eligible business owners affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and can be used in whatever way makes the most sense for individual businesses; from paying employee wages to offsetting the cost of rent to purchasing inventory.
More than 78,000 Ontario Small Business Support Grant applications from small businesses across the province have been processed, representing more than $1 billion in support. Upon approval, successful applicants will receive their payment within 10 days. Applications are still open until March 31, 2021.
You can watch the step-by-step instructional video on the application portal that is available to help guide you through the process below.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
*LOCAL ALERT* Regional Relief Recovery Fund, administered by Enterprise Brant: https://www.enterprisebrant.com/regional-relief-recovery-fund/
*LOCAL ALERT* Community Stakeholder Survey: BCHU Covid-19 pandemic response. Click here to take the survey
Recovery Activation Program helping local businesses go digital. Click here to learn more and apply
PD27 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-identification Form for Employers. Click here
Government of Canada Covid-19 Alert App: click here to download
Support for your business from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Support for Individuals from the Government of Canada. Click here to find out which supports best fit your business
Business Resilience Service phoneline: call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8 am – 8 pm ET
Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA); This $55 billion program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. Click here to apply
Develop your Workplace Safety Plan with tools from the Government of Ontario here.