March 18, 2020
Your Weekly Chamber News & Updates
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Important COVID-19 Updates:
News & Resources for Business
Ontario has declared a state of emergency until March 31, 2020 based on  advice  from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams. This means prohibiting organized events of 50+ people and closing facilities providing recreational programs, libraries, private schools, licensed child care centres, bars and restaurants (takeout and delivery permitted), theatres, cinemas and concert venues.

The province has also announced the first stage of their COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package. Over $304 million has been committed to more beds, assessment centres, medical supplies and ensuring resources for northern, rural and remote communities.
Chamber Events & Updates
The Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 issue. We will continue to provide our members with news and updates as the situation evolves. The health and safety of our staff, members and community are our top priority, so we're making some changes to how we operate for the time being. Our office will be closed and we are opting for virtual meetings until further notice.

Some Chamber events may also be rescheduled to a later date. Please see below for current updates.
CANCELLED - ANNUAL MAYOR'S BREAKFAST
Our Annual Mayor's Breakfast, originally scheduled for March 31, 2020, is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN FOR THE 2020 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Registration is still open for the 2020 Awards of Excellence! The Awards of Excellence is our biggest event of the year and it is important to us to hold a celebration to recognize business achievements in our community.

However, we are committed to doing our part to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. As such, the event currently scheduled for May 7, 2020 may be rescheduled if the situation warrants. You may RSVP today to hold your spot and we will continue to be in touch with updates. Guests who have already registered will still have their tickets reserved should the event be rescheduled.
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
While we fully support the measures government has taken to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, we recognize that this is a difficult time for businesses. P lease contact  Brittany Van Den Brink , Policy & Communications Coordinator, with any issues you are currently facing due to challenges related to COVID-19. She will communicate with our counterparts at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce, who will in turn work closely with our government partners to ensure your voice is heard.
NETWORK & POLICY NEWS
COVID-19 Update from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. At the time of writing, there are 424 confirmed cases within Canada.

Based on input from our members, partner business associations and the broader Canadian business community, to date, we recommended the following measures for governments to implement to support Canadian business through this crisis and ensure a more effective recovery.
  • Deferring tax deadlines, audits and payments (both for individuals and businesses) to both assist with short-term liquidity and allow them to focus on dealing with the pandemic. 
  • Offering flexibility on remittance payments (e.g. consider eliminating interest penalties).
  • Reducing tariffs on essential goods and medical supplies needed to deal with the pandemic. 
  • Building upon previous announced measures to help affected businesses of all sizes access credit and capital swiftly.
  • Helping businesses, SMEs particularly, pay furloughed employees and finance remote work options.
  • Accelerating government payments owed to private sector and non-profit vendors.
  • Postponing government consultations that are not germane to COVID-19 and place a moratorium on the introduction of new regulations and policies that are nonessential to avoid forcing businesses to divert their attention from dealing with the crisis at hand.
  • Providing provisional extensions for temporary foreign workers already in Canada.
  • Identifying and supporting front line workers for essential goods and services.
Opportunity Alert in Response to COVID-19:
Federal Government Supply Request
The Federal Government is looking for companies that offer products or services that could support Canada’s response to COVID-19. Please see the list of targeted products/services below and fill out this form and forward this to any other relevant companies or contacts:

  Focus areas:
Products
·         Disposable N95 masks
·         Disposable surgical masks
·         Nitrile gloves
·         Vinyl gloves
·         Gowns
·         Bottles of hand sanitizer
·         Other prevention products
Services
·         Guard / security services
·         Nursing services
·         Food services
·         Laundry services
·         Accommodation maintenance services
·         Personal services
·         IT support services
·         Other services

For more information :
Martin Montreuil:  martin.montreuil@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca  / Tel: 613-793-3594   or   Alain Dorion:  alain.dorion@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca / Tel: 613-790-0974.
Risk Assessment Tool for Large Gatherings
The Government of Canada has provided a risk assessment tool for large gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak:
Local News
The Town of Tillsonburg is continuing to take action in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. It is continually reviewing its business practices to help minimize the risk of infection in our community, in conjunction with the regional health authorities. This includes facility closures and program cancellations. Updates can be  accessed here .

Southwestern Public Health has also issued the following documents:

Member Benefits
CHAMBERS PLAN ONTARIO RESOURCES BULLETIN - COVID-19 UPDATE
For members on the Chambers Group Insurance Plan, an information package is available at chamberplan.ca for reference during the COVID-19 pandemic . The package includes a cover letter with Customer Service info, a FAQ document, info on the Coronavirus and a poster that can be hung in offices.