With these challenging and unpredictable times we are currently facing due to the COVID-19 crisis, the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce want to provide our Members access to up-to-date government announcements and support programs, resources, webinars, and other important information .

In an effort to maximize our resources, we have created this collaborativ e email as a response to these updates that apply to our Memberships at large. We will be sending out relevant government resources once per week, or when important announcements are made, on behalf of th e Grimsby Chamber, L incoln Chamber, and West Lincoln Chamber.

Occupational Safety and Health Week
This year, the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is celebrated from May 3 - 9.

The goal during Safety and Health Week is to focus employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

With the pandemic changing the business environment, our governments are focusing their celebrations on mental health and COVID-19 best practices awareness.
Governmen t of Canada
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) provided online resources for organizations to participate in Safety and Health Week to promote wellness in their workplaces, including:

  • Listen to podcasts from the collection of topics ranging from work-related stress, ergonomics, repetitive strain injury prevention, and mental health.
  • Take CCOHS’ free online courses on mental health themes such as how to have courageous conversations, build resiliency, and promote well-being, as well as courses on office ergonomics and pandemic planning.
  • Promote important health and safety messages by downloading Safety and Health Week branded posters and shareable social media cards.

Government of Ontario
Last week, the provincial government announced the strategies for lifting restrictions in the Framework for Reopening our Province, which consisted of a gradual re-opening process. It was then announce d that certain businesses would be allowed to reopen on May 4 if they follow specific safety guidelines.

The government has released Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents for various industries to support employers and employees in staying safe and healthy while operating.

We encourage you to take the time to review the documents relevant to your industry to be ready to go when your business can reopen.
May 7 - Webinars to Clarify CEWS
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce are hosting free webinars on May 7 to provide additional information and clarification on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. See below for additional details and registration:
Please join us on Thursday May 7 from 11:00 - 11:30 am ET, as we tackle common questions that have surfaced and discuss CEWS with tax partner John Di Liso at Grant Thornton LLP.
During this session John will give an overview of the CEWS program and will also outline some of the key questions raised by taxpayers out of the program. 
Join the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 7 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm  for a webinar discussion answering questions about the Federal Government’s CEWS program.
This conversation will address key questions about the CEWS and how it applies to employers across the province.  
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Recording | Re-Opening the Economy
Yesterday, your local Chambers of Commerce hosted a video conference with the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.

Minister Joly discussed the government's strategy to re-open the economy and her perspective on where we go from here.

Access the recording to hear Minister Joly's update.

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Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

West Lincoln
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Executive Director

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