The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) seeks to provide support to southern Ontario SMEs that do not qualify for current Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures. The Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation (SLDBC) would like to reach out to Chamber members who may qualify for the new funds. Please let us know if you are interested in being contacted by the SLDBC.

For more information, please visit the website.

To be considered eligible for the RRRF in southern Ontario, SMEs will have already applied to other Government of Canada emergency credit relief measures for which they are eligible, including:

  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA);
  • Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Co-Lending and Export Development Corporation (EDC) Loan Guarantee programs;
  • BDC COVID-19 Working Capital loans; as well as,
  • Other targeted and sector-specific COVID-19 programs (e.g., funding for Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Farm Credit Canada).

To read the full statement, click here.

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The Sarnia Observer has compiled a local directory of businesses that are still open and serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have divided this list into sections such as Food & Beverage, Health & Wellness, Personal Services, etc. Right now, they are looking to grow this list to provide the most up to date information. If your business or organization is providing an essential service or offering online retail sales, fill out the form here or email bindzeoski@postmedia.com.

For the full statement, click here

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The city of Sarnia is undertaking an Environmental Assessment Study to extend the Rapids Parkway and Howard Watson Nature Trail from Sandpiper Drive to Exmouth Street under Highway 402. The Environmental Assessment Study will select a preferred road and nature trail design to serve travel demands of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit expected from planned development in the surrounding area.

The study has prepared preferred design concepts for the road/trail extension, including evaluation criteria, and recommendations for traffic management, trail design, stormwater management, noise attenuation, and mitigation of natural impacts. This information will be available for public review and comment on Friday, May 15, through the Speak Up Sarnia website

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Want to support local but not sure where to start? We can help you with that! Download or take a screenshot of this bingo card and see how long it takes you to fill it out. Our bingo card features fun challenges such as ordering take out, thanking a grocery clerk, or writing three Google reviews for businesses in the community. If you take any photos of you completing these challenges, be sure to tag @sarnialambtonchamber on social media channels and use the hashtag #slchambercommunity.

Download the bingo card here.

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While the Ontario Government begins to turn its attention to the best way to reopen the economy, they have extended the province’s Declaration of Emergency until June 2.

The declaration was extended to allow Ontario to continue enforcing emergency orders, and to ensure the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19 while gradually reopening local businesses and amenities.

Premier Ford said in a statement: “We are making steady progress to flatten the curve and get more people back to work safely, including our legislators, but we still have far to go in defeating COVID-19”. The Ontario government has taken over 150 actions to help protect individuals, families, and businesses from the impacts of this pandemic. One of the mentioned actions includes passing the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020. This legislation hopes to help people conduct business while practicing physical distancing. 

For the full statement from the Office of the Premier, click here.

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KPMG is hosting a conversation with Canadian tech leaders as they share candid and timely insights on the role of Big Tech. This program comes at a time where we are experiencing years worth of digital transformation over the course of a hand-full of weeks. It is tough to predict how we will emerge after this pandemic, but “The Re-Entry Show” believes it comes from how we collaborate, consume goods and services, and create digital experiences.

Panelists include:

  • Garrick Tiplady, Managing Director of Facebook & Instagram Canada
  • Rola Dagher, President & CEO of Cisco Canada
  • Rizwan Khalfan, EVP & Chief Digital Officer of TD Bank

This year’s show will be hosted by Armughan Ahmed, President & Managing Partner of KPMG Canada.

“The Re-Entry Show: A pandemically-correct program to help you thrive in a new reality” will take place on Friday, May 15 at 12:00 PM EST. To register, click here.

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The Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has a requirement for the manufacture of cloth face coverings for workers to cover their nose and mouth area. These face coverings are not intended to be used by healthcare workers in contact with patients or for medical or surgical use. The bid is closing on Friday, May 15 at 2 PM.

For more information or to place a bid, click on the following tender notice.

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The Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce would like to formally welcome “About Face & Body Laser and Wellness Clinic” as a new member! About Face & Body is your local source to the latest techniques in hair removal, anti aging, skin rejuvenation, and wellness treatments. Clients can rely on state of the art, medical grade equipment, experiences, and friendly staff.

About Face & Body prices themselves in offering the latest skincare techniques in a comfortable, safe environment located right in the heart of Sarnia.

For more information on About Face & Body Laser and Wellness Centre, check out their website here.

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Kel-Gor’s Matt Gordon and Tom Parkes feel lucky to live and work in a community as amazing as Sarnia-Lambton. Kel-Gor is an essential business and remains open, despite the COVID-19 challenges. Tom and Matt wanted to give back to their community, and to inspire others to support organizations that are struggling during this time. Since the start of the pandemic, Kel-Gor has: 

  • Dropped off 1,000 N95 masks to Bluewater Health and St. Joseph’s Hospice
  • Donated $25,000 to Bluewater Health
  • Donated $25,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospice
  • Donated $25,000 to the Inn of the Good Shepherd

Thanks Tom and Matt for all your community work during this difficult time. You are wonderful and have inspired others to help local organizations.

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Left to Right: Dave Murphy, Vice President Construction; Tom Parkes, President; Matt Gordon, Director & Co-Owner

 

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On Friday, May 8th, MPP Bailey and Minister Sarkaria held a small business roundtable via Zoom to check in on the SME’s in Lambton County. During the meeting, the Chamber shared initial results from the Sarnia-Lambton COVID-19 Business Impact Survey as they relate to Ontario’s Small Business Recovery and Success Strategy. While a detailed report will be released in the near future, we wanted to give you an overview of some of the findings (the survey had 292 respondents and of those respondents, 85% have fewer than 20 employees):

Overall:

  • 77% are worried customers will reduce or delay spending even after COVID-19 is over.
  • 51% of respondents are small businesses with fewer than five employees.
  • 44% of respondents are new start ups or a small business entity.
  • 36% currently do not have the cash flow to pay monthly bills (wages, rent, etc.).
  • 36% are worried that there is not enough government support to ensure that they have an income.

Both MPP Bailey and Minister Sarkaria asked for feedback regarding provincial support measures. If you have feedback to share, please contact prabmeet.sarkaria@pc.ola.org and copy info@slchamber.ca.

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