January 13, 2021 | Issue 2
From the Desk of the CEO...
Good day Chamber Member, you are likely reading this within a day or two of the announcement of a second provincial emergency in Ontario. We have included the announcement and the accompanying slide deck with more industry-specific details below.

In conversation with members and colleagues across the province, while these measures are welcomed from a public health perspective to slow the spread, they are also extremely challenging and, in many scenarios, confusing for businesses, particularly small businesses. Your support of the Chamber in your membership and feedback has assisted in the advocacy for, and development of, the Small Business Support Grant through the Province of Ontario, which will be available shortly. Additional business supports are noted below as well.

I would also like to draw your attention to the pan-Canadian national strategy developed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other partners, for your support https://www.nationalstrategy.ca/

Accordingly, the Chamber office will close as well, but staff will be available and continue to develop our events and services for 2021 during the business day.
Stay safe.
GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO: As of Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 12:01 am the Ontario government has issued a stay-at-home order with the exception of essential services for groceries, health care services, and essential work. Read the full release for all of the details

HELPING WITH COVID-19 COSTS: There is additional support for businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of these measures: Click here for the Ontario Small Business Recovery Resources

COMING SOON: The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will provide between $10,000 - $20,000 to help small business owners. This will be a one-time grant which you will be able to use however you wish.
Eligible small businesses include:
  • Those who are required to close or significantly restrict services due to the shutdown
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20% revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019
Further details will be announced later this month. Read the release

ONTARIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Collective Approach is Required to Get Virus Under Control. OCC calls for increased testing & tracing, speedier vaccination roll-out, and province-wide collaboration. Read the full article

#weareinthistogether, we know it is tough right now but we can get through this, and the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant will be here virtually keeping you up-to-date on what you and your business need to know to get through this.

Stay home, take care, and stay safe.

Information & Education
Tax Year-End Filing for Business
January 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is hosting a free webinar to help employers prepare and file their information summaries and tax slips at their tax year-end. Topics to be discussed in the webinar include:
  • what the tax year-end is;
  • remittances and year-end filing;
  • who is subject to year-end filing;
  • how to ensure proper year-end filing;
  • how to report certain COVID-19 relief measures announced in 2020;
  • year-end forms (T4, T4A, and others); and GST/HST and TD1
You’re invited to submit your questions about year-end filing before the webinar is broadcast. To do so, please visit the registration site on January 18, 2021 between 06:00 EST and 20:00 EST. 
Business Insurance 101 – Supporting Businesses during the Pandemic
January 15, 20201 @ 1:00pm
Canadian businesses are facing uncertain and challenging times. COVID-19 has had a devastating financial impact, and business owners continue to face new risks and challenges.
Pete Karageorgos, Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Director of Consumer and Industry Relations (Ontario), will present some of the key economic dynamics affecting Canada’s property and casualty insurers, how the industry, governments and businesses are working in partnership to address the current challenges, and more importantly, tools and resources IBC and insurers are providing to support Canadian businesses.
SAVE THE DATE: 2021 Business Excellence Awards - Who will be our Finalists This Year?
Join us on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 4:00 pm to find out who will be the finalists for the Company of the Year Award, Community Builder Award, and Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
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*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
*LOCAL ALERT* Digital Main Street Grant: a $2500 grant to downtown businesses who want to increase their online presence. Click here to learn more and apply.
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
Deloitte Small Business Relief Tool to help you find relevant programs that your business can apply for. Click here to access.
*UPDATED*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.