The Sarnia-region tourism sector received a more than $500,000 boost Tuesday from the provincial government to help it survive the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.

Lisa MacLeod, minister of heritage, sport, tourism and culture, announced the funding at the marina on Sarnia Bay.

The funding includes more than $22,000 for the Oil Museum of Canada in Oil Springs, $17,000 for the Moore Museum, $2,000 for the Sombra Museum, $19,000 for the South Western International Film Festival, nearly $60,000 for Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, $29,000 for the Bluewater Borderfest Music Festival and $30,800for the Centre Cultural Francophone Jolliett.

The Tourism and Culture sector relies on people gathering, travelling, and attending the arts. This funding is aimed at helping ensure they will still be there when they’re able to welcome visitors again.

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Closely monitoring COVID-19 trends, in preparation of a rise in numbers or changing conditions; Council, Staff and the Emergency Control Group (ECG) are preparing to implement mandatory mask wearing in all indoor public spaces effective Friday, August 14, 2020.

The mandatory mask requirement comes after more than 2,200 responses were received by public survey last week and of those responding voted 51% in favour of mandatory masks and 49% voted against the proposal. Several resident and non-resident responses were shared and helped Council to respond accordingly.

The Town of Petrolia Director of Protective Services/Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) has recommended that through an August 10, 2020 report to Council, that when face coverings are properly worn in public, it assists in flattening the curve and spread of COVID-19.

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As the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is set to wind down at the end of August, the federal government has temporarily adjusted the Employment Insurance (EI) program’s unemployment rate to 13.1%, which will be applied nationally (except for in areas where the actual rate is higher). This temporary measure will set a uniform eligibility requirement for EI regular benefits, provide a minimum entitlement of 26 weeks of benefits and set the number of best weeks of earnings used in the calculation of the weekly benefit rate at 14.

Click here to read more about the announcement.

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We are all deeply saddened by last week’s tragedy in Beirut where so many lives, homes, and businesses were lost. At least 150 people were killed and 5,000 more injured in a huge explosion. An estimated 300,000 people have been left homeless.

The Humanitarian Coalition is already working within the city delivering life saving assistance to those in need. The Government of Canada will match individual donations to the Humanitarian Coalition from August 4 to 24, to a maximum of $5 million.

Donate today at the following link:

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The contract tracing app is available for iOS and Android devices and will alert users if they come into contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19

How Does It Work?

The app uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones. Everyday, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they tested positive. If you have been near one of those codes in the past 14 days, you’ll get a notification.

There are many misconceptions going around about the app, so to clarify the app has no way of knowing:
Your name or address
Your phone’s contacts
Your health information
The health information of anyone you’re near

Ontario is the first province where people can use COVID Alert to report a COVID-19 diagnosis. For more information on the App, click here.

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You have heard of the Weekend Walkabout, but now meet “Sustainable Saturday”- a display of Sarnia-Lambton’s environmentally friendly businesses. Visit Christina Street tomorrow between 12-5 PM for the chance to win some freebies, chat with the owners, and learn about the great environmental action going on in our community!

Participating businesses include: Lake Effect Studio, Whistle & Seal, Kaely’s Crafts, Come Clean, Great Lakes Refill, Greens Organic Cafe, Kombucha Hound, Return the Landscape, and Imperial Duds.

Each business involved is giving away one prize, and they will have their raffle “station” at the spots on the map above. Visit all 9 stations for the chance to win 9 different prizes!

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At Immploy, we’re thankful that even in these challenging times, we are still able to connect top Canadian newcomer talent to employers and individuals who, despite the circumstances, are opening their hearts to help transform the lives of others. While we cannot meet with you in person, we are still here to help. We are very pleased to serve you remotely through phone, e-mail and web-based services.

Immploy connects employers in Southwestern Ontario with immigrant talent to foster economic prosperity. We do this through the delivery of a free recruitment service called Job Match and Mentorship Programs. 

Do you have a job vacancy? Job Match provides employers with coordinated access to qualified Canadian newcomer talent. Share your hiring needs with us and widen your search to include qualified Canadian newcomer talent. You share the posting, and we match the candidates. Just leave the sourcing, screening, and short-listing to us. 

The Mentorship Programs connect Canadian newcomer talent with volunteer mentors in their field to gain a better understanding of the regional job market; establish valuable networking contacts; and learn more about sector-specific languages and professional practices in Canada. 

Immploy’s Clients 

  • 600+ clients registered with Immploy
  • Professionals with Post Graduate, Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees
  • Expertise and work background includes and is not limited to Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Business Management, Information Technology, Banking, Business Administration, Manufacturing and Logistics, Public Administration, Engineering, Healthcare, Supply Chain, Sciences, Law, and others
  • English – Reading, Writing, and Listening – All clients possess a minimum score of 7 out of 8 on the Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment.

When employers are able to access the qualified talent needed at the right time, companies thrive and everyone benefits. Contact us today at, e-mail or call (226-) 884-9167. Ask about our free Job Match (recruitment) and Mentorship Programs! 

Next Wednesday, August 19th is Business After 5! This month’s focus is on networking & will be hosted by Immploy. Click here to sign up today!

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The Ontario Government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants for non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities. 

The OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund will provide grants of up to $150,000 to help eligible non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 with support for: 

  • Equipping board members and employees with supports to implement new approaches, prepare for change and build resiliency
  • Improving and increasing ability to access financial resources and develop new and/or alternative sources of revenues 
  • Adapting or re-imaging the delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the community, employees and volunteers
  • Procuring equipment or renovating spaces to meet the changing needs of the organization, its programs and services, and adapt to new ways of working
  • Creating and/or adopting new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of communities

To read the full statement from the Ontario government, click here.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world and forcing everyone to think differently about many things. To help Canadian policymakers think differently about growing our economy while still paying for today’s health crisis, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched an independent tax review. 

As an integral part of the review, they are seeking the views of Canadian business people on the federal tax system. There are five upcoming sessions (all virtual) in which you can participate and deliver your thoughts to our commissioners. You must register to participate. The dates and registration links are noted below. – August 12, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET– Central Canada consultation; conducted in English.

Click here to register. 

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