Please find below useful briefings and resources from outside organizations including the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, Regional Tourism Organization 7, and Provincial and Federal government, Public Health Ontario, Chambers of Commerce and others.
Tourism Simcoe County Industry Newsletter
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September 18 - Cycle-Friendly Webinar, Ask an Expert with SMDHU, RED Funding Announcement, #SafeTravels Stamp
September 4 - Get Your #SafeTravels Stamp!, Relief Funding Still Available, Free Webinar
August 21 - Introducing HeyLocal, RTO7 Funding for PPE and Consumer Sentiment Videos, Reminders: ShopHERE and Digital Main Street, Top Tips to Keep Your Customers Informed
August 7 - RTO7 Funding for PPE, 2 Easy Facebook Tips, Trans-Canada Trail Capital Improvement Plan, Free Admission for Frontline Workers, Ask an Expert: Building on Your Foundations, Digital Main Street Programs, Francophone/Bilingual Business Reactivation Program, TIAO Virtual Tourism Summit
July 17 - Welcome to Phase 3, Ask an Expert: Customers in Crisis, TIAO Survey Phase 7
July 10 - Mandatory Mask Mandate, Ask an Expert: Mental Health, Other Resources
July 2 - Ask an Expert: Legal, NEW Work in Simcoe website, FRESHER Survey for Restaurants
June 24 - Ask an Expert: Legal and HR, Federal Funding Available for Museums
June 15 - Ask an Expert: Workplace and Business Safety, Digital Mainstreet and Beyond ShopHERE Program now Available
June 11 - FREE Bring Your Business Online Workshop Series, Phase 2 Reopening: What you Need to Know, Survey to Build an Agritourism Toolkit, NEW Ontario Live Website, TIAO Covid-19 Survey: Phase 6
June 1 - Introducing Digital Mainstreet and Beyond Program
FedDev Ontario supports tourism and recovery efforts across Southern Ontario
The national $962-million fund, being delivered through Canada’s regional development agencies, aims to support businesses and tourism SMEs across Canada that have been unable to access existing federal relief measures. In southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario is delivering $213 million to support the region’s SMEs.
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Wage Subsidy Calculator
The federal government unveiled a new online calculator that businesses can use to figure out how much money they might get through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). All businesses — large or small, for-profit or non-profit — can apply to the program and, if successful, could have 75 per cent of the wages of their employees, up to a maximum of $847 a week per employee, paid by the federal government for up to 12 weeks. The CRA website with the online calculator also provides detailed information for applicants the define what employers are eligible and how they should count employees that are eligible.Access Wage Subsidy Calculator
Funding and Grant Programs for COVID-19
Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) - offering new partnership programs, to assist tourism business owners in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties with PPE expenses, consumer sentiment videos and digital advertising.
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) - provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CBC Creative Relief Fund — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched The CBC Creative Relief Fund to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries.
CBC and Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals — A new $1 million fund to help artists, groups and arts organizations pivot their work to online audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Creators can apply for a maximum of $5000 in funding per project, a selection of which will be curated and digitally showcased by CBC/Radio-Canada.
Woodcock Fund Grant — This grant provides emergency funds for writers mid-project.
The AFC — Provides emergency financial aid for entertainment professionals.
Unison — Provides financial aid for musicians.
Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers – Administered by Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto, this fund will help cover emergency aid and paid work for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers.
Canadian Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund — A group fundraising to support a relief fund.
Behind the Scenes Basic Needs Grants — Provides financial assistance for seriously ill entertainment technology professionals in the U.S. and Canada.
Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists — Accepting applications from artists who post a 45 to 60 minute online performance between today and March 31, 2020. Financial grants will be given out from a $100,000 relief fund.
Facebook Small Business Grant: offering USD 100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
The Photographer Fund — A $25,000 fund to help self-employed photographers facing hardship.
Canadian Cinema Worker Fund — Fundraiser to create a fund for cinema workers who will not be compensated by their employers for the foreseeable future.
GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund — Artist-organized community fundraiser for Black people in the GTA, particularly those working in the gig economy.
Toronto Arts Council — To assist Toronto artists in dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council are introducing the TOArtist COVID Response Fund. The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund — The Writers' Trust of Canada and The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) announced the creation of the Canadian Writers' Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to professional authors financially affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. The fund will begin with an initial amount of $150,000 and distribute grants in amounts of $1,500 to writers that have seen contracted or projected income evaporate due to the current public health crisis. Financial support for the program is supplied by three program partners: the Writers' Trust, TWUC, and RBC.
MusicTogether — A $300K emergency relief fund for Ontario musicians put together by the provincial government and members of the music community. Musicians can apply for a one-time $1,000 performance fee tied to a livestream.
Small Business Support Programs
The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office is working with partners to continuously update COVID-19 business resources. Contact email@example.com for individual support.
Digital Main Street and Beyond
A program and service that helps businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and a Digital Service Squad; a team of highly trained professionals who help businesses grow and manage their operations through technology. This program is FREE thanks to funding provided by the County of Simcoe.
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A program that offers businesses and artists the opportunity to build a digital presence by having an online store built at no-cost! Powered by Google, this program is a collaboration between Digital Main Street, Google, Shopify, Mastercard and Microsoft, to build and optimize online stores in a matter of days. This program is FREE thanks to funding provided by the County of Simcoe.
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HeyLocal is a simple way to find local products and services near you. It recognizes what town a shopper is in and displays only products and services within a 50km radius of that shopper! The best parts - It's FREE for 2020 and no extra work is required from you! This program is FREE thanks to funding provided by the County of Simcoe.
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Other Important Resources
Clearview Township COVID-19 Customer Education Resources
Clearview Township and business stakeholders from the Creemore BIA and the Clearview Chamber of Commerce recognize that during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic times, there will be a new shopping experience. You will see these safe practices in stores and businesses throughout Clearview Township.
Ontario Helps People Impacted by COVID-19 Get Back to Work
As the economy gradually reopens, the Ontario government is helping people affected by COVID-19 get back to work. The province is investing in Ontario's first Virtual Action Centre, an online counselling and training portal, to support laid off and unemployed hospitality workers, and is helping apprentices by providing grants to purchase tools, protective equipment and clothing for their trade, along with forgiving previous loans to purchase tools.Ontario Helps People Impacted by COVID-19 Get Back to Work
Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines
TORONTO ― The Ontario government is ensuring employers have the safety guidelines they need to protect workers, customers, and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.
The government safety guidelines released today will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector. These measures build on more than 60 guidelines developed by Ontario's health and safety associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees. Learn more about new Workplace Safety Guidelines.
Guidance on Health and Safety for Tourism and Hospitality Sector during COVID-19
Employers and constructors have obligations to protect workers from hazards in the workplace. The following document outlines best practices.
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Destination Canada Town Hall Replay
Destination Canada and TIAC hosted a webinar on April 1st with the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages; Ben Cowan-Dewar, Chair of the Board of Destination Canada; and Charlotte Bell, President & CEO of Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
Click Here To Watch the Webinar Replay
Destination Development Association with Roger Brooks
The Destination Development Association, partnered with Roger Brooks International have developed a few webinars, free to the public, generating ideas to help communities and small businesses recover some income during this pandemic.
Click Here To Watch the Webinars
Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers & Employers Who Provide Staff Accommodations
Guidance for Employers.pdf
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy & Stay Home!
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