April 2020
Your monthly news & updates
As we collectively work through this challenging period together, we would like to share resources that have been created. These resources are updated daily on our website
New Website Accepting Proposals for Temporarily Changing Rules
The Ontario government is launching the  COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website to help businesses overcome the unique challenges created by the global pandemic.

Businesses working to retool their operations to produce health-related products, or those that want to continue their operations in this new environment of physical distancing, can submit any potential roadblocks to the website.

The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations in order to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario's supply chain. 

Brant County's Economic Development COVID-19 Response Plan
The Brant Economic Development Team has developed a five phase approach to support local business through COVID-19.

The 5 Phases are;
  1. Situational Impact Assessment
  2. Sector Focused-Business Specific Engagement
  3. Business Reintegration Support
  4. Business Recovery & Growth Support
  5. Preparedness & Impact Mitigation for Future Interruptions 

Each phase has a spectrum of support deployment tasks, suggested timing, expected outcomes and realized results that help to define the stage better.

For the full response plan click here and visit #BrantWorksTogether for more details.
Windsor-Essex Economic Task Force Brings Industry to the Table
The purpose of the Windsor Essex Economic Task Force is to, collect, coordinate and disseminate information on strategies, programs and other remedies that are available to mitigate the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the economic well-being of workers, entrepreneurs, businesses and the Windsor-Essex regional economy.

Members of the Task Force are comprised of organizations with a primary mandate on economic development and are business-facing.

The Task Force has six committees each with a specific sector focus, chaired by industry leaders.

For complete Task Force information click here and for more detail visit choosewindsoressex.com
Grey County's Community and Business Resiliency Map
Grey County Economic Development, Tourism & Culture cares about local businesses and in a search for solutions to support the entire community in these exceptional times, they developed the Grey County Community and Business Resiliency Map.  

The map is used to find businesses that are open through the COVID-19 pandemic. The map includes essential services that remain open as brick-and-mortar locations, those that have changed operations to respond to social distancing guidelines, and businesses that have moved sales entirely online.  

The site was created in partnership with Bayshore Broadcasting and member municipalities. The map is available as a template, please contact Grey County Economic Development for more information.  

To view the map click here and to see other supports Grey is offering visit grey.ca/covid-19-resources
Worker Impact Survey

On April 23rd Workforce Planning West, released their COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey Results to help inform the ongoing development of responsive employment-related initiatives.

The survey collected 2,568 responses across 16 counties in Southwestern Ontario, including 250 responses in the London Economic Region.

Connecting Local Farmers that Need Workers

 The South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR EDC) has been actively connecting farms to workers.

Now is a great time to help keep Canada's food chain going. There are local jobs in agriculture....all COVID-19 protocols in place to keep you and the food chain safe!

Electricity Disconnection Ban Extended

 On March 19, 2020, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) extended the winter ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment for residential customers to July 31, 2020.

Low-volume, small business customers (those who pay time-of-use or tiered electricity prices) will now also be protected by the ban during this period.  

Government of Canada Creates Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
Last Friday, the Prime Minster announced nearly $1 billion in support of rural businesses, some of which will be administered through the CFDC networks, including the association of Western Ontario CFDCs.