The Listowel BIA
Ontario is moving to Step One of the Reopening Plan on Friday, June 11, 2021. More information about Step One can be found below below. We have also included other government updates, event reminders and information on training and various business supports. Our Coordinator continues to work from her home office but is available via email at or by phone at 519-444-8233. Please reach out to us at anytime.
Ontario Moving to Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, June 11, 2021!

Based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Step One of the Roadmap focuses on activities with smaller crowds where risk of transmission is lower. It will also permit more limited indoor settings to be open, all with restrictions in place. The Ontario government has amended Step One to also permit indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding and funeral services limited to 15 per cent capacity.

Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:
  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

The full press release can be found HERE.
The Ontario Roadmap to Reopen plan can be found HERE.

Remote Learning to Continue across Ontario for the Remainder of School Year

To protect Ontario families from the fast growing B.1.617.2 variant, and to allow for higher rates of vaccination of students, staff, and families, the Ontario government has decided to continue with remote learning for all elementary and secondary students across the province for the remainder of this school year. This will allow the province to continue its focus on accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations to support a safer summer and return to in-person learning in September for the 2021-22 school year.

The full press release an be found HERE.

Federal Canada Recovery Hiring Program

The Federal Government announced more information about the proposed Canada Recovery Hiring Program. This program was initially announced as part of the Bill C-30 (the federal budget), which is currently before Parliament. If passed, this program would provide a subsidy of up to 50% of eligible salary or wages until November 20, 2021. The program would be available to eligible employers who have experienced qualifying revenue declines so they can hire more workers, increase workers’ hours, or increase wages and support would be available retroactively to Sunday, June 6, 2021. Included in the budget was also an extension to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to September 25, 2021. We will provide updates about these programs as they become available.

To recognize and celebrate National AccessAbility Week in Canada (May 30 - June 5, 2021), Perth County has developed virtual educational sessions to raise awareness about age-friendly initiatives in the community. Learn how to welcome everyone of all ages and abilities back to your business or office space with low and no cost solutions that you can implement right now. Hosted by best-selling author and professional speaker, Julie Sawchuk (Founder of Sawchuk Accessible Solutions), this webinar is designed to help you rethink your business and customer service model.
WHEN: June 10 at 6:00 p.m. Register HERE.

By registering your Perth County business for this training, you will be entered for the opportunity to have a FREE one-on-one virtual consultation with Julie Sawchuk. Consultations are sponsored by the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee at Perth County (no cost to business owner). Julie Sawchuk will personalize her recommendations for each business space or office!
Perth County Snapshot Business Support Program

The Economic Development and Tourism Division at Perth County has launched a new program called Perth County Snapshot Program. The program is aimed at supporting businesses across rural Perth County who have been hard hit by providing them with professional photography packages to enhance their digital presence and support their COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Many businesses have had to pivot their operations online in order to earn revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital photography assets provided through this program will give businesses an important tool to promote themselves online. High quality photography will help businesses showcase products and services to help customers feel more connected to business owners as well as to the physical space, products and services they offer.

The program will support local businesses and will focus particularly on sectors disproportionality impacted by pandemic restrictions. Applications will be accepted online until June 9, 2021. To view details and application criteria, businesses can visit:

Community Events Coming Up - Business Involvement Welcomed!
North Perth Virtual Teddy Bear PlayDay!

The North Perth Teddy Bear Play Day is going to be a fun virtual and interactive event. You can support this great event by participating in the Teddy Bear Hunt from June 14 to 19, 2021. See the details in the poster and support a fun event for our kids!

2021 Canada Day Craft Float Parade!

You're invited to submit your craft floats into North Perth Mayor Kasenberg’s 2021 Canada Day Craft Float Parade! Find the submission guidelines and entry form by visiting HERE. Entries must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2021.

Rapid Test Screening Now Available at the North Perth Chamber of Commerce!!!

The North Perth Chamber of Commerce has successfully become a distributer of rapid test kits for our businesses.

Details include:
  • FREE for all businesses in North Perth with less than 150 employees!
  • Pick up kits (by appointment only) at the Chamber office
  • Asymptomatic employees test themselves twice per week
  • Get results in 15 minutes!
  • Those who test positive or inconclusive must go for a lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test at a local site

The Chamber is launching this program on Monday, May 31, 2021. Visit their website to sign-up at  

North Perth Façade Program Opened June 1, 2021!

The Municipality of North Perth has developed a Façade Improvement Program (FIP) for businesses operating in the downtowns of Listowel, Atwood, and Monkton. This program has been designed to alleviate the costs of property renovations and improve the quality of our downtowns.
A grant covering 50% of eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $7,500 is being offered for approved projects. The Municipality will be accepting applications for the Façade Improvement Program starting June 1st. Funding for this program is limited, so those interested in the program should contact CIP Project Planner, Lee Barich by phone (519) 444-4222 or email Businesses can find the application form and program information on the Municipal website under the “Incentives and Funding” page HERE.

More information and the press release can be found HERE.

The Listowel BIA supports this program and has helped to make it possible with financial and in-kind support. We believe this program will help to ensure our downtown is welcoming and enhances our beautification efforts.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions, comments, or require assistance. We will continue to promote supporting local during this time through various channels including social media, radio and print.

You can reach Lisa Schaefer, Coordinator, by email at or by phone at 519-444-8233.
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