The Listowel BIA
e-Newsletter
Summer is here and we are open! We are finally able to really promote all that Listowel has to offer and have a few promotions planned for August. Below you will find information on these promotions as well covid-19 updates. As always, we are marketing Listowel and our business community through radio, print, social media and general promotions. Our Coordinator continues to primarily work from her home office but is available via email at lschaefer@northperth.ca, by phone at 519-444-8233 and by appointment. Please reach out to us at anytime.
Summer Sale Days - August 16-28, 2021!

The Listowel BIA and North Perth Chamber of Commerce will be promoting Sale Days in Listowel from August 16-28, 2021!

We will be working with our local radio station, The Ranch and our local paper, the Listowel Banner to promote your sales! We will also be promoting sales on our social media and website.

If you will be running a sale or promotion, please let us know so we can share it and please tag us!
The Phrase "Open for Business" Has Never Been More Significant!

Together with 101.7 The ONE and participating Listowel businesses, we are running an “Open for Business” contest. Winners will receive one of two prizes of ”Shop Local” Dollars donated by us and one lucky winner will win over $1,000 in gift cards from participating businesses. 

Businesses participating in this contest include: Kitchen Cupboard and Icebox, Bakelaar Jewellers, BK’s Brand Name Clothing and Gifts, Corley Sports Excellence, Dairy Queen Listowel, Lavish Salon, McIntosh Farms, Spinrite Yarn Factory, The Scrapbook Shop, Listowel Florist, Knapps Shoes, Life’s a Party, Watson’s Home Hardware, Between the Lines, Birdies Holy Guacamole, Canadian Tire, Stiletto Salon and Glow Esthetics, Ten Pas Decor, Argyle Wines, Town and Country Decorating, Crabby Joe's and Shoppers Drug Mart.

With over $1000 to win in local business gift cards, we can't wait to promote our business community!
Let's Kick Start our Summer Promotions!

$100,000 Shop Local Dollars are circulating in our community! It’s time to get those dollars in your hands! To help out, the North Perth Chamber of Commerce and the Listowel BIA are supporting a program that PAYS YOU to promote the Shop Local Dollar program. Any North Perth business can accept them, and redeem them at the Chamber to receive a 5% bonus in Shop Local dollars during the months of July and August. For all the details, visit HERE. If you are not accepting Shop Local dollars and want to learn more, visit HERE.
2022 NORTH PERTH CALENDAR

In celebration of the North Perth community and support shown to businesses and organizations through out the Covid19 pandemic, the North Perth Chamber of Commerce gathered the SIGN WAR PHOTOS shared on social media and are creating a 2022 Calendar to acknowledge the way our business community can beat the blahs.

For information on sponsorship or purchasing a calendar, visit their website HERE.
Huron Perth Covid-19 Updates

For covid related updates in Huron Perth, including testing, case data and vaccination coverage, you can visit the Huron Perth Public Health website HERE.

Huron Perth Public Health is scheduling more walk-in clinics to increase opportunities for residents to be vaccinated. HPPH will continue to share clinic information through their social media, on the website, and directly with stakeholders.


Ontario Reopen Plan - Step 3

The province will remain in Step Three for at least 21 days and until 80% of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 75% have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70% of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. Other key public health and health care indicators must also continue to remain stable. Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted.

The Roadmap to Reopen Plan can be found HERE.
Ontario Keeping Workers Safe As Province Reopens
The new Small Business Health and Safety Training Program will improve health and safety awareness to help prevent illnesses and injures by training health and safety representatives of small businesses on how to keep workers safe in the retail, construction, health care, accommodation and food services, and other sectors. Businesses will also be reimbursed for the time the representatives are away from work.

The eLearning training course is offered through Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, a Health and Safety Association. The free training takes about six to eight hours for most people to complete, and covers a range of topics, including:
  • occupational health and safety laws
  • rights, duties and responsibilities of workplace parties
  • duties and responsibilities of the health and safety representative under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
recognition, assessment, control and evaluation of common workplace hazards

The press release can be found HERE.
Ontario Helping Small Businesses Establish Online Presence
The Ontario government is investing $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22 to help over 13,000 small businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online. As businesses enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, the renewed program will provide small businesses with $2,500 grants, technical training, and digital resources to help them reach more customers in person and online, positioning them for a stronger recovery. Small businesses across Ontario with a brick-and-mortar location and one to 50 employees can apply for $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants, which they can use to purchase new technology and digital services.

The news release can be found HERE.

​The Ontario Government Provides Updated COVID-19 Screening Tools

The following COVID-19 screening tools have been updated to align with the requirements in O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3. We encourage you to read the following material for information on how these changes apply to your business operation or organization.
  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Patrons) has been updated to align with requirements for patron screening per Step 3, and wording has been clarified from the previous version. The tool can be accessed online HERE or downloaded HERE from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers) has been updated. The tool can be accessed online HERE or downloaded HERE from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations (Signage Instructions) has been simplified. The instructions can be downloaded HERE from the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector website.

Easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada Starting August 9, 2021.

With the advent of increased vaccination rates in Canada, declining COVID-19 cases and reduced pressure on health care capacity, the government intends to bring a number of changes into effect, provided that Canada's COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable. On August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States (U.S.), currently residing in the U.S., will be permitted to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel. Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for U.S. travellers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals, unless they already meet an exemption set out in the Orders made under the Quarantine Act.

On September 7, 2021, provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

The full press release can be found HERE.

Rapid Test Screening Available at the North Perth Chamber of Commerce

We are excited to announce that 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  
Business Helping Businesses Facebook Networking Group

The North Perth Chamber of Commerce with support from the Listowel BIA has launched a new Networking Group page on Facebook. North Perth businesses can unite online to support each other, share experiences and develop a network of peers. All North Perth businesses are welcome. To join the group, go HERE.
Upcoming Board Meeting!
Our next Board Meeting will be held on September 8, 2021 at 7:30am. All are welcome. If you are interested in joining the Board or attending the meeting, email us HERE.
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 lschaefer@northperth.ca or by phone at 519-444-8233.
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