The Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce express our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Canada and especially to the families of the Canadian Armed Forces members involved in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter accident.
We understand that COVID-19 has affected all aspects of your business and personal lives. 

 We are here to help you focus on a positive outcome!  

Please share with us any issues, concerns, questions, good news stories and any innovative ideas you have with us HERE !




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Monday Morning Conversation with Hon. Matthew MacKay

Monday, May 4th - Join the Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce for a Conversation with Hon. Matthew MacKay. We will be discussing the various programs the Provincial Government has rolled out to date and the outlook for this year's tourism season.

Please submit your questions in advance HERE as there will be a short Q & A session. Registration details will be released shortly.
MOST UP TO DATE PEI COVID-19 INFORMATION
OPEN - Essential business list for Kensington & Area
available HERE
(send additional information HERE )
Are you open and your name is not on this list or you want to update your information, please contact Julia and give her your details! 902-836-3209
PROVINCIAL UPDATES
Province announces next steps for Education
Today, the Province of Prince Edward Island outlined plans for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 
While home-based learning will continue to be the main learning model, school-based learning will resume for some individuals, including students who currently receive individualized educational supports.
Recreational angling season to open May 1
Minister Jameson encouraged Islanders to use the  online e-licensing option , and to continue to follow public health advice. Outdoor gatherings of more than five people from different households are not permitted. This includes for camping and camps, as well as fishing out of boats.
Prince Edward Island's Plan to Restart the Economy starts May 1
Phase 1 - Renew PEI Together - starts tomorrow May 1st.
  • Limited outdoor gatherings and non-contact outdoor recreational activities
  • Re-opening of select outdoor and construction services
  • Child care services
  • Priority non-urgent health care services
  • Public services
  • Education
  • Long-term care

More Details HERE on Phase 1.
FEDERAL UPDATES
Prime Minister releases joint statement by First Ministers for restarting the economy
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the federal, provincial, and territorial governments have come together and agreed to a set of common principles for restarting the Canadian economy, based on shared understanding and appreciation of what science and experts are telling us. This statement identifies the criteria that need to be in place before we can go back to work and school, or see neighbours and friends. Read the full statement HERE .
On Friday, April 24, the Government of Canada announced additional details on the  Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses, which will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been most affected by COVID-19.

Wednesday , April 29th more details on the program are now available  from CMHC .
 
CECRA will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May and June. In this way, CECRA will provide relief for small businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in gross rent that have either been forced to close due to the pandemic or have had their revenues severely impacted by at least 70 per cent. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) will administer the program on behalf the Government of Canada and our provincial and territorial partners.
Additional Resources

  • New Emergency Working Capital Loan program CBDC Central PEI is offering, in partnership with the Government of Prince Edward Island.


RESULTS ARE IN : Major Survey On Business Conditions Amid COVID-19 Shows Economic Clock Is Ticking News release can be read HERE