In light of the current pandemic, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton wanted to share a reassuring message “This will pass, and we will be here waiting for you”. The video shares beautiful images of families and friends across Lambton County enjoying some of the local attractions: Walks under the Bluewater Bridge, Camping at the Pinery, and Shopping at the Farmers Market to name a few. The video also features individuals enjoying time in their respective homes.

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From Left to Right: Vicky Praill and Beverley Horodyski

Thank you Tourism Sarnia-Lambton for reminding us that this time can be used to rest and recharge, and when all this passes, the Blue Coast will still be here to re-discover and explore!

 

 

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Canada Post is offering free postage to small businesses on a one-time mail-out of 6,000 pieces. The offer starts on May 25 and ends on August 31. This is for Neighbourhood Mail on 50g weight (i.e: postcard size). Your cost will be on the print and prep to Canada Post. You can supply the artwork or Key Contact can create the artwork for a fee.

If you wish to do more than 6,000 pieces, postage would be added for the extra pieces. Contact Pat Lariviere from KeyContact PLariviere@KeyContact.com for more information. 

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Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. This extended measure will help small businesses protect employees and the jobs they rely on.

The program is now available to sole proprietors receiving income directly from businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends.

This measure is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which is putting Canadians and the protection of middle class jobs first.

To read the full statement, click here.

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In a statement made on May 16, the Honourable Minister Mary Ng of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced that the Government of Canada will provide $15 million in additional funding to support women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES).

This investment will help thousands of women entrepreneurs and business owners navigate the crisis, ensuring they get the support they need through things like business workshops, mentorship, and skills training to adapt to a digital marketplace.

Empowering women-owned businesses across Canada remains a key priority and the government will continue working hard to ensure women entrepreneurs are supported through the pandemic and into the recovery phase.

To read the full statement, click here.

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On Tuesday, May 19, it was announced that the closure of the Canadian and United States Border would be extended an additional 30 days to June 21. The conditions of the closure remain unchanged, which bans all non-essential travel.

To read the full statement, click here.

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The Cultural Services Division of Lambton County has arranged for a digital panel of local historians to discuss how the current pandemic compares to the influenza that gripped the world at the end of the First World War. The Panel has been researching the local impact of the Spanish Flu in 1918 and how the lives of ordinary people were changed then. Each panelist will be able to speak to a different aspect of the crisis and share stories from local residents. 

In addition to this, the digital panel is an opportunity to document the current crisis with the help of the community. The local museums and archives want to know your experiences and how COVID-19 has impacted your life. 

Panelists will include: Dana Thorne, Lambton Heritage Museum; Nicole Aszalos, Lambton County Archives; David McLean, Forest-Lambton Museum; Kailyn Shepley, Sombra Museum; Glenn Stott, Arkona Lions Museum; Greg Stott, Historian, University College of the North; and Alan Campbell, Ontario Genealogical Society. The session will be moderated by Erin Dee-Richard from the Oil Museum of Canada.

This session will take place May 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested in the free event, you must pre-register online through Zoom.

If you are unable to attend the live event, the panel presentation will be recorded and made available online here.

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The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan has made May premium adjustments due to COVID-19.  The adjustments are:

  • Dental: 50% premium adjustment
  • Extended Health: 10% premium adjustment

The credits will be applied automatically, there is no required action on your part. While certain healthcare providers were given permission to re-open at the beginning of May, we will continue to support firms and their employees in this way until such time as employees are able to make use of these services and claims.

The Chambers Plan is founded on a pooled approach to benefits, contributing to its unparalleled rate stability. Rates are established, fully or partially, in keeping with the combined experience of all firms on the Plan. We want to assure you, we will continue monitoring the situation to protect the stability you have come to expect, and which is central to the Plan.

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In order to reopen the economy, governments across the country must better coordinate efforts to address new challenges facing Canadians. Reopening approaches need to align with the common principles for restarting the Canadian economy, and need to understand the imperative of local governments to design reopening approaches based on their local realities. 

Major employers have identified six critical elements that go beyond the immediate health system response to the crisis, which require alignment of governments across Canada, to sustainably reopen the economy. These six elements are:

  • PPE availability
  • Smart Quarantine Policies
  • Protection for the Most Vulnerable
  • Mass Testing
  • Contact Tracing
  • Workforce management systems

The memo also highlights three critical solutions that require public / private cooperation:

  • Scale testing – creating a national data repository for shared COVID-19 information.
  • Implementing Contact Tracing – having an interoperable system of all Canadian contact tracing to ensure mass testing is effective.
  • Implementing Workforce Management Systems – Canadian employers must adopt a scalable digital software tool for routine self-screening and assessment by employees.

For the full report, click here (PDF).

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The government introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. The subsidy was introduced to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to re-hire workers laid off as a result of COVID, and help companies return to normal operations after the crisis. On Friday, May 15, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that CEWS will be extended by an additional 12-weeks, taking the subsidy to August 29, 2020. 

The Government will consult with key business and labour representatives over the next month to discuss potential adjustments to the program to incentivize jobs and growth. The key objective to any changes will be to maximize employment and to ensure CEWS reflects the immediate needs of businesses, and to support economic recovery. 

There have been some regulatory changes to extend eligibility for the CEWS to additional groups.

For the full statement and more details, click here.

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