November 24, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATES & BUSINESS FUNDING PROGRAMS
ONTARIO COVID-19 RESPONSE FRAMEWORK

The Province of Ontario released the COVID-19 Response Framework which includes targeted, incremental & responsive public health measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 & to protect the health & safety of Ontarians, while avoiding broader closures.

As of November 23, 2020, Simcoe Muskoka is in the Orange - Restrict level classification. Learn more about the Orange - Restrict classification and how it might affect your business.  
CANADA EMERGENCY RENT SUBSIDY (CERS)

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

Visit the CERS website to determine eligibility, calculate your subsidy amount, and to submit an application.
ONTARIO COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDING FOR BUSINESSES

Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small business owners across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees
  • Apply for Funding

Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants

  • For businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses in respect of property taxes and energy bills.
  • Learn More
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES ON TOWNSHIP WEBSITE

Please visit www.lakeofbays.on.ca/covid19-business for a comprehensive list of resources. This page is updated on a regular basis. If you need assistance finding a specific program or have questions, please don't hesitate to email the Interim Economic Development Coordinator Leanne Fetterley.

MUSKOKA ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE (MERTF) UPDATES
BROADBAND INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
Broadband access has been identified as a key priority for both residents and businesses by the District and the Muskoka Economic Recovery Task Force (MERTF).YOU CAN HELP! Test your internet speed to help build better access to broadband in Muskoka!
SEASONAL RESIDENCY SURVEY

A survey conducted by the Muskoka Economic Recovery Task Force (MERTF) asked seasonal residents if their plans have changed for the upcoming winter months due to COVID-19. Results suggest they plan to spend more time in Muskoka during the week and weekends this winter. The survey was completed earlier this fall to help understand the impact of COVID-19 on typical seasonal occupancy levels and explore the potential local economic impacts. View the results of the survey by reading the District of Muskoka News Release.
TOURISM SUPPORT AND UPDATES
EXPLORERS' EDGE - COTTAGE COUNTRY SPIRIT (WINTER EDITION)
Explorers' Edge is relaunching the Cottage Country Spirit Local Travel Package this winter.

Program: 2000 packages available with 5 x$10 vouchers included in each package.

Timeframe: Vouchers can be redeemed from December 7, 2020 through February 28, 2021.

Deadline: Businesses are asked to sign up by December 1, 2020.

To participate, please read the program details and email the contract to Erin Smit at erin@explorersedge.ca.
HUNTSVILLE TRAVEL INTENTIONS SURVEY

In the spring of 2020, the Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax Association (HMATA) commissioned two surveys from the polling firm Pollara Inc. One survey was distributed to the general Ontario population and the other to a database of previous visitors to Huntsville. The purpose of these surveys was to learn about the travel intentions of Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic and to discover insights about the perceptions of the Town of Huntsville.

Note that the polling was specific to the Town of Huntsville but the data may be of interest to the Lake of Bays business community.

Visit the HMATA website to review the Huntsville Travel Intentions and Perceptions Survey Reports.
TOWNSHIP UPDATES
PHOTO CONTEST - VOTE NOW!

A reminder that the Township is hosting a photo contest celebrating life in Lake of Bays. The prizes are designed to support our local business community by allowing the winners to receive a gift card to a Lake of Bays business of their choice (1st place: $100; 2nd place: $50; 3rd place: $25). Voting is open until December 4 and winners will be announced December 8, 2020.
LOCAL SPOTLIGHTS
LAKE OF BAYS BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT SERIES

The Township of Lake of Bays amplified their business spotlight series in 2020 as a creative means to promote and support our local business community. Spotlights are featured on the Township’s Public Notice Board (Muskoka Region/Huntsville Forester Newspaper), municipal website, social media, and the Economic Development e-Newsletter.

If you would like your business to be featured, contact Leanne Fetterley at lfetterley@lakeofbays.on.ca or 705-635-2272 ext.235.
TOOKETREE PASSIVE HOMES

Tooketree Passive Homes was founded in 2018 with the goal of building high-performance homes that help mitigate and adapt to climate change. Melinda Zytaruk, CEO/President and her father Rick Zytaruk, CFO are committed to developing solutions to offer homes that are both environmentally conscious and financially attainable.
Read the Business Spotlight to learn more.
MISS NELLE'S ANTIQUES & CAFE

Housed in a quaint historic building overlooking the dam in Baysville, Miss Nelle’s is a great place for breakfast, lunch, or snacks. Browse through their antiques and works by local artists to find the perfect gift to treat yourself or someone special. In a hurry? Grab something to go from their take-home food items. Read the Business Spotlight to learn more.
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