May 18, 2021
COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES
PROVINCE-WIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER EXTENDED
Effective May 13, 2021, Ontario extended the Stay-at-Home Order (O. Reg. 265/21) until at least June 2, 2021. Read the news release. Please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website for guidance documents for businesses.
COVID-19 RAPID SCREENING INITIATIVE

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce, Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario and Canadian governments, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative.

Free rapid tests are available to small and medium-sized businesses (including non-chamber members) with 150 employees or less.

Learn more and order your free rapid tests at RapidTestMuskoka.com.
LAKE OF BAYS BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

The Township continues to update business support programs and resources on our website as they are announced. Need help navigating the various programs and resources available?

Contact: Leanne Fetterley, Interim Economic Development Coordinator, lfetterley@lakeofbays.on.ca, 705-635-2272 ext. 235
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
ONTARIO TOURISM AND TRAVEL SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT
The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

Deadline: Friday June 25, 2021
Telephone: 416-325-6691 or toll-free: 1-855-216-3090

REGIONAL UPDATES
#AlertMuskoka
The Muskoka Emergency Response Committee (MERC) has launched #AlertMuskoka, an important new notification tool powered by the Voyent Alert! System. This free community alerting app will make it easy for residents and communities across Muskoka to quickly receive important information during critical incidents and emergency situations.

For more information read the news release.

REGISTER NOW!

  • Mobile App Users - Download and install the Voyent Alert! app from the Apple or Google Play app stores
  • Email, Phone or SMS Users - Register online to receive email, phone or text-based alerts
MUSKOKA-KAWARTHAS EMPLOYMENT HUB
The Employment Hub is designed to assist local communities with employment programs and services for job seekers and employers. The employer portal has free employment programs, candidates, and resources to hire the right person and grow your business.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Kind regards,

Leanne Fetterley

TOWNSHIP OF LAKE OF BAYS | Economic Development
Tel: 705-635-2272 ext.235 | Email Leanne