The Listowel BIA
The Holiday Season and the Listowel BIA!

We are in full swing for the holiday season. Many of our initiatives have started. There is still time to participate! Feel free to reach out to us at 519-444-8233 or
Deck the Halls - Listowel Open House Weekend November 26, 27 and 28
To kick start the holiday season, the Listowel BIA and the North Perth Chamber of Commerce is promoting a Listowel Open House Weekend November 26 to 28. Let's invite the community and visitors to shop for all they need for the holiday season during Deck the Halls - Listowel Style! Our town will be decorated, Santa will make a visit in the Annual Drive Thru Parade and we want to promote our businesses! If you are having a sale or event during that weekend or from now until December, tell us about it and we will advertise for you! Contact us today to join in this fun weekend!
Business Decorating Contest
The Listowel BIA invites and encourages you to help transform the town by decorating your business storefront and windows for the holiday season! As in past years, our community will have the chance to vote for their favourite and the top ten will be judged. The winner will receive either $500 in shop local dollars or in advertising of their choice. They will also be featured on our website, social media and the Listowel Banner. Click HERE for all the details and contact us today to be included this year!
North Perth Library Scavenger Hunt
NEW THIS YEAR! In lieu of Roaming Santa which does not meet covid safety requirements we are offering our community a scavenger hunt. The hunt starts November 26 and wraps up December 10. Thanks to our businesses who signed up to provide a safe and fun activity for our community! More information on the hunt and to join in on the fun can be found HERE.
2020 Resident Decorating Contest
To recognize residents that go above and beyond in decorating their home for the winter holiday season, the Listowel BIA is once again hosting a Resident Holiday Decorating Contest. The contest begins on November 16 with a deadline submission of December 11. Winners will be announced December 18. All winners will be awarded shop local dollars. For more details, visit HERE.
Shop Dollar Promotion This year the Listowel BIA and the North Perth Chamber are teaming up for a promotion that PAYS-IT-FORWARD. Anyone who purchases Shop Local Dollars from Libro Credit Union from November 12 to December 19 will automatically be entered into a random draw to win one of four ‘Pay-It-Forward’ Shop Local Dollar prize packages of $250. For more information see HERE. If you are not accepting shop local dollars, please reach out to us to learn about this program which currently has over 70 local businesses participating.
Decorating the Town
The Listowel BIA kicked off the holiday season by decorating the town.  We hope you enjoy the transformation! A big thank you to our volunteers who give their time and energy to make our community more festive every year.
Home for the Holidays - Coupon Booklet 2020
The Listowel BIA is sponsoring the holiday booklet of savings. This booklet is filled with coupons from many businesses in Listowel offering sales to help you with all of your holiday shopping this year. Thanks to all of our businesses who participated in this program to promote shopping and dining in Listowel.
Promotions During the Holiday Season
The Listowel BIA will be promoting shopping during the holiday season in many ways this year. Look for our posts on social media, our website, and the North Perth Municipality website. We will also be using print and radio. If you have promotions during this time, please tag us or contact us so we can share.
The Annual North Perth Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus Parade
The Annual Santa Claus Parade will be held on Saturday, November 28 from 11 to 3 at the Listowel Memorial Park.  Due to Covid, it will look a little different this year and will be a drive thru version. This new format will meet all Covid safety protocols but still provide a fun experience for families. Santa will be making a visit! For information visit the North Perth Chamber of Commerce website HERE!
Provincial COVID Updates:

  • The application portal for the PPE grant that the Provincial Government announced a couple of weeks ago is now open! With this grant, eligible small businesses can get a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to pay for PPE. This grant is open to small businesses with 2 to 9 employees and who are in one of the following sectors: retail, accommodation and food services, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services. This grant is a reimbursement system so those who apply will need to submit receipts of proof of costs for PPE purchased since March 17, 2020. For more information about this grant, including a list of PPE that is eligible for reimbursement a link to apply can be found HERE.
  • The application portal for the Property Tax and Energy Bill rebate program through the provincial government is also open. Please note that this rebate program is only available to businesses who were/are in modified Stage 2 regions or regions who are in Red (Control) or Lockdown in the new framework. We are currently in Orange (Restrict) so businesses in our county are not currently eligible for these rebates. If we move into the Red (Control) level, then businesses could apply for the Property Tax and Energy Bill rebates. More information about this program can be found HERE.

Federal COVID Updates:

The Federal Government announced that Bill C-9 received Royal Assent. This Bill will provide businesses with the financial support listed below. It is expected that the application portal for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will be open next week and we will provide you with more information as soon as those details are available.
  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) – the CERS program will provide direct rent and mortgage interest support to tenants and property owners until June 2021. This support is available to businesses, non-profits, and charities that have been impacted by COVID-19. Eligible organizations may submit claims retroactively to Sept 27, 2020. The amount of the subsidy will be on a sliding scale, depending on the revenue drop the organization has experienced. You can find more information about the proposed CERS program including eligible expenses, eligible organizations, calculating revenues, and reference periods for the drop in revenues HERE.
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – the CEWS program will be extended until June 2021. You can find more information about the proposed changes to the CEWS program HERE.
  •  Lockdown Support – as part of this legislation, the Federal government is providing qualifying organizations that are subject to a lockdown and must shut their doors or significantly limit their activities under a public health order, with a top-up under the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) program to provide support while they are in lockdown. This new lockdown support would include a 25% top-up to the rent subsidy. More information about this proposed change can be found HERE
Updated Public Health Instructions
Huron and Perth Counties have been moved into the Orange Zone – Restrict under the COVID-19 Response Framework. Below you will find the intermediate measures for Restaurants, Bars and Food or Drinks Establishments, Sports and Recreational Fitness Facilities, Meeting and Event Spaces, and Personal Care Services. In addition to measures introduced in the Yellow Zone – Protect stage, these measures must now be in place:
Restaurants, Bars and Food or Drinks Establishments
  • 50 person indoor seated capacity limit
  • Limit operating hours, establishments must close at 10 p.m.
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor of permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require screening of patrons (e.g., questionnaire)
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Closure of strip clubs
Sports and Recreational Fitness
  • Maximum 50 people per facility (the OCMOH approved plan has been revoked)
  • Require screening of members of the public (e.g., questionnaire)
  • Limit duration of stay to 90 minutes except if engaging in sport
  • No spectators permitted (exemption for parent/guardian supervision of children)
Meeting and Event Spaces
  • Maximum of 50 people per facility (OCMOH capacity basis on a per room basis is revoked)
  • Limit operating hours, establishments close at 10 p.m.)
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Limit of 4 people may be seated together
  • Require screening of all patrons (e.g., questionnaire)
Personal Care Services
  • Services requiring removal of face coverings are prohibited
  • Change rooms & showers are closed
  • Bath houses, other adult venues, hot tubs, floating pools, whirlpools and sensory deprivation pods are closed (some exceptions)
  • Require screening of patrons (e.g., questionnaire)
All businesses are to ensure the Safety Plan that is required in the Yellow Zone is completed and is posted in a conspicuous place where it is likely to come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the location. All information pertaining to the revised instructions, tool kit and FAQ will continue to be available at If you have any questions regarding these Instructions, please contact Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133.
North Perth FREE Ecommerce Marketplace ‘Shop Local North Perth'!

Shop Local North Perth is an e-commerce marketplace hosted by the Municipality of North Perth with the purpose of supplying an online platform to support and connect North Perth businesses with buyers. If you are a North Perth business or organization and have a product or service to offer for a set price, you can join this marketplace. For more information or to register, email or check out the media release HERE.

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