Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Update

April 17, 2020
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Expanded Canada Emergency Business Account & New Canada Emergency Rental Assistance Program
On April 16, the Government of Canada announced:

  • An expansion of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) for businesses that paid between $20,000 - $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. This new range replaces the previous one of $50,000 and $1 million.
  • Intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments, which are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships. More details to come. 

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Webinars
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has partnered with its members to provide you with up to date information to support your business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recordings are provided if you cannot attend the webinar live.
In case you missed it: The Ontario Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar this week on understanding and accessing the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) and capital loans during COVID-19.  The recording is now available here .
Help Protect Oxford County's Healthcare Worker's by Donating Supplies Today
Oxford’s front-line healthcare workers are in need of personal protective equipment so they can continue to care for and protect our community members during COVID-19.

As part of a newly developed, County-wide response strategy to tackle the supply shortage, Oxford County’s healthcare partners are working together to collect and distribute donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) among all healthcare partners working in the Oxford County community.

What do front-line health care workers need?
  • Face masks - surgical masks / procedural masks / other types
  • Disposable isolation gowns
  • Shield masks & headbands / goggles
  • N95 masks & filters
  • Latex-free gloves – unopened packages preferred
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning agents and disinfectant wipes

Local Updates
Deferral Options Approved by Tillsonburg Council
On April 14, Council gave taxpayers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 the option to defer paying their May 21 interim tax instalment—without interest or penalty—to July 31, 2020. Water and wastewater invoices generated after March 31, 2020 can also be deferred until June 30, 2020. More details coming soon.

The Town of Tillsonburg has launched a  Helping Businesses through the COVID-19 Crisis  page on its website at:  https://www.tillsonburg.ca/en/do-business/Resources.aspx . Please be sure to check back regularly as the webpage is updated.

The Town of Tillsonburg released a directory of local companies that are open or available for business, whether in person, online or by phone. Many offer delivery and/or curbside pick-up options.

This listing was created based on a survey of local businesses and is current as of April 14, 2020. If you wish to be included in future updates to this list, please complete our survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8KDC3LH .

Mayor Molnar gave another update via Facebook Live on April 15 regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Tillsonburg.
To help you stay up to date on how COVID-19 is impacting our community, Mayor Molnar is posting an updated news bulletin each business day. Read the latest updates here .