It's the weekend!! Enjoy the beautiful weather and take time to be kind to each other!
Please remember to stay smart and follow the guidelines put in place.

Phase 2 - May 22 - Begins today!
Phase 3 - June 1
Phase two of P.E.I.'s 'Renew P.E.I. together' reopening plan includes the opening of retail businesses and select indoor services, including hairdressers, barbers, pet grooming, retail outlets, greenhouses and nurseries, extermination and pest control, car washes, battle depots, cleaning and restoration services.

Phase two will also see non-contact indoor recreational activities and additional non-urgent health-care services, including registered massage therapists, acupuncturists, acupressurists and emergency dental care services.

Read full CTV article HERE

REMINDER TO COMPLETE YOUR OPERATIONAL PLAN and have it accessible at all business locations.
Some government services safely reopen to Islanders
Last week, Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers provided an update on government services that are resuming on May 22. Islanders are encouraged to visit the  Closures and Re-openings  section of the Renew PEI, Together website for the full list of government sites and services the public can now access. 

Recognizing the importance of protecting Island seniors, Access PEI is further adapting its service model to better support senior clients. Beginning May 26, Access PEI will reserve every Tuesday morning from 8:30am - 11:30am for seniors (60+) only. This change will be in effect until further notice.

Islanders are reminded that only select Access PEI locations are currently open for services from 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. These locations include Souris, Charlottetown, Summerside and O’Leary.

Click HERE for more information on Access PEI locations.
More details HERE
Domestic backyard burning permits now available online
As part of the provincial government’s COVID-19 adaptation efforts, Island property owners can now apply for domestic burning permits online rather than driving to the nearest Forests, Fish and Wildlife office. 

A Burning Permit allows property owners to burn grasses, leaves, branches and other woody debris. Once a property owner has a permit and before they start an outdoor fire on their property, they still must:
  • Ensure the Fire Weather Index in their fire region is Low and that wind speeds are less than 10 km/hr by checking the Fire Weather Index
  • Call to activate the permit each time before they start to burn
  • All domestic open burning must be 50 feet from structures
  • Recreational campfires must be 25 feet from structures

More Information HERE
Prime Minister Announces Additional Support for Indigenous Peoples Living in Urban Centres and Off Reserve
Yesterday, May 21, announced $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve.

This additional funding will support more community-based projects that address the critical needs of Indigenous populations during this crisis, including food security, mental health support services, and sanitation and protective equipment. It could also help with other needs, such as support for Elders, transportation, and educational materials for Indigenous children and youth. Funding for projects will start rolling out in the coming weeks.

Read full details HERE
PEI CBDCs Set to Deliver the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

On May 25th, 2020, rural Island businesses and non-profits will be able to apply to the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) through the Community Business Development Corporations’ (CBDCs) online web portal at

Read Full Release HERE
Canadian Chamber Launches CBRN’s National Toolkit For Business Reopening

The Canadian Business Resilience Network has prepared a  reopening toolkit   designed to provide key information on government regulations, childcare availability, sourcing PPE, government financial supports and communicating to staff, customers and suppliers. The guide also includes links to a wide range of additional toolkits and resources prepared by members of the CBRN.