In this challenging and constantly changing business environment, the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce want to support our Members by providing relevant and up-to-date information. This includes government announcements and support programs, resources, webinars, surveys, and other important updates.

This is a collaborative email to share information that applies to our memberships at large, sent on behalf of the Grimsby Chamber, Lincoln Chamber, and West Lincoln Chamber.

From the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce

As always, the West Niagara Chambers of Commerce are here for YOU. Please never hesitate to reach out with questions, comments, or concerns. We will use all of the resources that we have available at our three Chambers to help you and your business.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend!
Ontario
Sources say Ontario will move into Step 3 of Reopening Plan July 16
Sources say that Step 3 of Ontario's Reopening Plan will begin on July 16, five days earlier than expected.

The province has passed its COVID-19 vaccination target for entering Step 3, with 78 percent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 52 percent fully vaccinated. Cases have declined significantly as well, with 194 new infections reported on July 7 and no new deaths linked to the virus.

  • Larger indoor and outdoor social gatherings and organized public events
  • Indoor dining
  • Essential and non-essential retail with limited capacity
  • Larger indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services with capacity limits
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities
  • Indoor seated events
  • Indoor attractions and cultural amenities
  • Casino and bingo halls
  • Other outdoor activities from Step 2 permitted to operate indoors
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
PROFIT Workshops: July 16th - August 17th
The OMFAFRA's Profit workshops provide a free webinar series designed to assist Ontario agri-food companies by providing practical information on exporting to the United States.

Includes:
  • Readiness Assessment
  • Legal Considerations
  • Facility Preparation
  • Export Strategy
  • Risk Management Planning
  • Product Labelling
  • Freight and Logistics

For more information on the informative series and how to register, see the link below!
Long Term Care Lifting Some Restrictions
July 7th
Starting July 7, LTC residents will be able to have as many designated caregivers as they need, so long as public health guidelines are maintained. Residents will be permitted to gather with up to 10 people outdoors and up to two visitors, plus two caregivers indoors. 

Personal care services such as hairdressers will also be allowed entry into long-term care homes, while restrictions will ease on dining and social activities, including singing, dancing, and off-site excursions. Visitors must still complete mandatory screening upon entry and follow all safety measures for the duration of their visit.
NRT OnDemand
NRT OnDemand is an extension of public transit service operated by Niagara Region in partnership with Via Mobility, which provides connectivity for people in Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Wainfleet, and West Lincoln.

The NRT OnDemand team is looking to promote the service through local businesses and other key destinations in communities where the service operates. The objective is to reach people at the community level and encourage them to use the transit service to get to work, shop, visit, appointments, or wherever they are looking to go. 

A business kit has been developed with window clings, table tops cards, how to ride rack cards and posters. This is part of a larger marketing campaign that will utilize social media, paid social media, community outreach, and traditional tactics like newspaper advertising. The target audiences are teens, parents/caregivers, and seniors.

Click the button below to see a draft document which provides an overview of the messages and tactics which will be used.

If you are interested in receiving a business kit, please contact your local Chamber!
COVID-19 vaccinations, the workplace, and the law
The Roadmap to Reopen is closely tied to Ontario's vaccination numbers. Can businesses make vaccinations mandatory? Get tips from one legal expert on vaccinations, the workplace, and the law.
Government of Canada
Government of Canada launches online calculator to help businesses apply for the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program
The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting Canadian businesses in the face of the ongoing pandemic. With the recently announced Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP), hard-hit businesses will be able to hire the workers they need to recover and grow as local economies reopen. The CRHP supports payroll as businesses grow, whether as a result of hiring staff, increasing shifts, or increasing overall pay.

On June 30, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, launched an online calculator to help eligible employers prepare their CRHP applications. This calculator integrates the new CRHP with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), automatically showing applicants which subsidy will provide them with more support, based on the information they enter.
Online course provides guidance on COVID-19 risk assessment and workplace safety plans
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a free online course to help organizations in Canada conduct a COVID-19 workplace risk assessment and safety plan.

COVID-19 Workplace Risk Assessment and Safety Plan is available in English and French. The course outlines the steps needed to plan and conduct a COVID-19 workplace risk assessment, and to plan and evaluate a workplace safety plan.

Managers, supervisors, and health and safety committee members or representatives will learn the work and personal factors to consider when assessing and preventing the risk of exposure, reviewing a safety plan to ensure it is effective, and keeping up to date with current COVID-19 guidelines.

COVID-19 Workplace Risk Assessment and Safety Plan is available on the CCOHS website.

Quick facts
  • The average time to complete this course is approximately 20 minutes.
  • CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers, and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.
Niagara Region
Vaccine Questions?
Initiatives
COVID-19 Rapid Screening Kits
Our three West Niagara Chambers of Commerce – West Lincoln, Lincoln, and Grimsby – are collaborating to roll out the Rapid Screening program to our local business communities. We are proud to work together to bring this important program to our businesses and be part of the solution to keeping our communities safe.

We are offering two locations for test kit pick-ups:
The Lincoln Community Centre: 4361 Central Ave, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B6
The Peach King Centre: 162 Livingston Ave, Grimsby, ON L3M 5P7

LEARN MORE ABOUT PROGRAM DETAILS AND TO SCHEDULE A PICK-UP HERE
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The West Niagara Chambers of Commerce are dedicated to supporting local businesses during the pandemic through advocacy, connecting you to information and resources, offering a space to develop a support system of Chamber peers, and more. Please reach out to Rebecca Shelley (Grimsby), Lindsey Hendriks (Lincoln), or Denise Potter (West Lincoln) if there is anything our Chambers can do to assist your organization during these difficult times.

We're with you!
Contact Your Local Chamber
Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

Lincoln
Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

West Lincoln
Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

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