March 31, 2021 | Issue 13
From the Desk of the CEO...
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our 154th AGM yesterday, and thank you again to our 2019-2020 President Paul McCaig for his service over the past two years.

We continue to have an extremely active Advocacy calendar, with a busy week last week through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Advocacy Week, and kicking off this week with a special post-budget Q&A with Parliamentary Assistant to the Finance Minister Stan Cho, and MPP Will Bouma, with President Ken McNaughton and Director Sandra Vos lending their voice and providing feedback to the province.

Operationally we have received the draft of this year’s Membership Directory, and I can say without a doubt this year’s edition will be the best ever produced by the Chamber.

As the uncertainty around pandemic and vaccine response and rollout continues, please let us know what your challenges are and how we can help.

Stay safe, test negative, stay positive. 
What's Up at the Chamber?
Virtual Business after Hours
April 20, 2021
4:30pm - 5:15 pm
Hosted by Brant Waterways Foundation
Please join us during Earth week for an update on what the Brant Waterways Foundation is up to. The Foundation and it's partners will share information, updates and suggestions for protecting and enhancing our community and it's resources. 
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!
Who Will Be This Year's Award Recipients?
Join us as we live stream this year's awards!
Your registration will include a swag bag full of member products, a donation to St. Leonard's Community Services and a chance to win a Louisiana Grills Estate 860 BBQ from Strodes BBQ & Deli / Strodes the Pit valued at $3,500. Let's Celebrate our Members and our Community!
Looking for Space?
After a little spring cleaning, the Chamber has a private office space available for rent for a small business.

Call the Chamber office at 519.753.2617
Administration and Communications Coordinator for the
Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant

You will be the person that makes it happen behind the scenes and tells the story about it at the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant. You will coordinate the administrative and communications operations for the Chamber to deliver value for our members and assist in the execution of events and operations. Details
From the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Grants & Loans
Federal Government announces extension of Canada Emergency Business Account to help small businesses
The federal government announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021.
This deadline extension applies to any new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000.
The extension will allow more businesses to access the support they need as Canada’s economy continues to deal with localized public health restrictions and, for a number of businesses, reduced opening hours or reduced demand for services. Extending the application deadline to June 2021 also aligns CEBA with the timelines of other federal government support programs for business. 
New ‘Community Building’ Grant Program for Non-Profits
The Ontario government is investing $105 million through the new Community Building Fund to support non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations. The funding will be used to help these non-profits recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the needs of their communities. Applications open on March 31, 2021. Read more....
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.