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Phase I – Recovery from COVID – Small, measured, safe steps. 

The provincial government is taking a slow, measured approach to recovering the province’s economy.  Every decision that benefits the economy is weighed against the public health challenge of keeping a lid on COVID-19.  While opening retail stores to a limited extent, the consistent direction from the Ontario Government and supported by Westport Council is stay home when possible, wash hands often, practice physical distancing of at least 6 ft between people, wear a mask when out in the public and avoid non-essential travel.  

The opening of retail stores for pick-up and curb side delivery on Monday, May 11 was a positive sign for economic recovery.  This was authorized by the government because the number of cases of COVID-19 was declining in the province.  More restrictions have been lifted and this past week we saw retail stores open to the public although with safety measures in place that comply with the legislation.  The harbour was operational on May 23, the same day that the basketball court and public washrooms at the Information Centre opened. Small, measured, safe steps. 

Visitors will continue to come to Westport this summer and, just like residents, will be required to comply with the business owners’ expectations.   Council asks everyone to continue to be diligent to prevent COVID from taking hold in the Village. This includes frequent hand washing, physical distancing of 6 ft, wearing a mask when in public and limiting exposure to COVID with only essential travel. Signs will be posted at the entrances to the Village reminding everyone to follow the physical distancing protocols.

We have learned that community spread of the virus can be rampant and that our behaviour impacts the health of others.  We must continue to make the safety of our community a priority by remaining vigilant through physical distancing and other best practices to avoid contact with COVID.

We are stronger together – each of us performing our role to the best of our ability.  This is a point in time when we need to believe in our strengths, support each other and remember to be kind. Stay safe.

Update – basketball court, harbour and public washrooms open May 23, 2020

Recent changes to the Province’s Emergency Orders have made it possible to open up  some outdoor recreational facilities in the Village of Westport.  The basketball court at Lockwood Park was opened today, however physical distancing restrictions are still in effect as is the maximum of 5 people in one location.

Staff will be on duty at the Harbour beginning Saturday.  The public washrooms will be open at the Information Centre on Spring St although the Information Centre itself will closed.

This is an unprecedented year of challenges for the municipality – balancing public safety, economic viability and government regulations during the pandemic.  We have begun the slow and safe recovery of our businesses and economy in the Village, ensuring we do not negatively impact the safety net that we have wrapped around Westport.

Ontario government resources to help with reopening

Phase One of the Province’s plan to reopen the economy begins tomorrow for several services and businesses.  I am reposting this link to share the government guidelines for over 60 kinds of businesses.  If you need suggestions to help with reopening your business, open the link and scroll down to find your business category.

Call me if you need any help.




Here is a new Gov’t of Canada COVID-19 support plan – hopefully it will benefit some of you.  If you need assistance working your way through the material, please give me a call.

The Government of Canada has introduced a number of measures to support businesses, organizations, workers and communities through the COVID-19 global challenge, as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

To offer additional support to businesses, the organizations that support them and the communities in which they operate, the Government of Canada announced over $1.7 billion in additional funding for targeted measures. This includes the new national $962-million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, which provides $675 million in financing support to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are unable to access existing COVID-19 measures, and $287 million to support rural businesses with access to capital through Community Futures Development Corporations.

As a CFDC we are pleased to participate in this important Government of Canada initiative in introducing the local stream of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), which provides repayable loans to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with fixed operating costs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IF YOU ARE: a business operating in Lanark County or North Leeds, with business impacts challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for local RRRF support through interest free loans up to $40,000.

You can learn more at www.valleycfdc.com. In order to provide targeted assistance to the communities we serve, Valley Heartland CFDC will focus on providing RRRF assistance to sole proprietors, “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, social enterprises as well as businesses of strategic importance to the community.

CONTACT US TODAY and review our Program + Application Guidelines to learn if your business is a fit for the local component of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

PLEASE NOTE: Incorporated SMEs may also be eligible to receive RRRF support direct from FedDev Ontario, for amounts up to $500,000. However, cannot receive funds from both a CFDC and FedDev Ontario. We encourage you to visit the FedDev Ontario website for more information on eligibility criteria for direct funding.

Though working remotely, our team remains here to help you. Please contract us via email or phone below or visit our website at https://www.valleycfdc.com/rrrf

Email: info@valleycfdc.com or loans@valleycfdc.com

Phone: 613 283 7002.

Stage 1 of Framework to Reopen Province – More Details for Businesses

The government has provided additional details to assist you while you consider reopening your businesses.  Just a reminder, the number of people allowed to gather has not changed – it still cannot exceed 5.  I have bolded a couple of categories that apply to the Village, however included the list for your information.
As always, call me anytime – 613-273-9195. I may not have the answer, but I can make some calls to assist.
Yesterday the government announced details of stage one of A Framework to Reopen Our Province, which will begin on May 19th, provided that public health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction.
Workplaces and services that may reopen in stage one are well-positioned to adopt workplace safety measures and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services. A full detailed list of the workplaces permitted to reopen can be found below. You can read the whole plan for stage 1 by clicking here.
We are taking a cautious, practical and reasonable approach to reopening the economy, guided by the advice of health and science experts. This approach will allow business owners and service provider’s time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public.
Stage 1 of Framework to Re-Open Province
Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings:
This list is effective May 19, 2020, and may be updated when the corresponding emergency orders are amended.
* All construction to resume and essential workplace limits lifted
* Includes land surveyors
* In addition to retail operating online, or with curbside pickup and delivery, all retail can open under the following restrictions and guidelines:
* No indoor malls.
* Must have a street-front entrance (i.e., stores with dedicated street access/storefront).
* Open in-store by appointment and/or by limiting the number of people in the store at any one time. Retailers would need to restrict the number of customers per square metre – for example, one customer per 4 square metres (43 square feet) – to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
* Only fitting rooms with doors would be used, not curtains, to facilitate disinfecting. Retailers would restrict use to every second fitting room at any one time to allow for cleaning after use and ensure physical distancing.
* For further guidance on this sector, please refer to resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.
Vehicle dealerships and retailers
* Vehicle dealerships and retailers, including:
* New and used car, truck, and motorcycle dealers
* Recreational vehicle (RV) dealers (e.g., campers, motor homes, trailers, travel trailers)
* Boat, watercraft and marine supply dealers
* Other vehicle dealers of motorized bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles, ATVs, utility trailers, etc.
* Prior to Stage 1, motor vehicles dealerships were restricted to appointments only.
Media operations
* Office-based media operations involving equipment that does not allow for remote working.
For example:
* Sound recording, such as production, distribution, publishing, studios.
* Film and television post-production, film and television animation studios.
* Publishing: periodical, book, directory, software, video games.
* Interactive digital media, such as computer systems design and related services (e.g., programming, video game design and development).
* Media activities that can be completed while working remotely have been encouraged to continue during the Restart phase.
* Filming or other on-site activities, especially those that require the gathering of workers, performers or others are not permitted to resume in Stage 1.
Scheduled surgeries (public and private facilities)
* Non-emergency diagnostic imaging and surgeries in public hospitals, private hospitals and independent health facilities, clinics, and private practices to resume based on ability to meet specified pre-conditions including the MOH framework: A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, contains clear criteria that must be met before hospitals can resume scheduled surgeries.
* Scheduled surgical and procedural work to resume once “Directive #2 for Health Care Providers (Regulated Health Professionals or Persons who operate a Group Practice of Regulated Health Professionals)” is amended or revoked, which relies on hospitals meeting criteria outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19.
Health services
* Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as resuming professional services such as shifting Children’s Treatment Centres from virtual to in-person.
* In-person counselling to resume including psychotherapy and other mental health and support services. Some of these services were available in-person for urgent needs.
For example:
* Addiction counselling
* Crisis intervention
* Family counselling
* Offender rehabilitation
* Palliative care counselling
* Parenting services
* Rape crisis centres
* Refugee services
Community services
* Libraries for pick-up or delivery
Outdoor recreational amenities
* Marinas can resume recreational services
* Pools will remain closed
Individual recreational sports
* Outdoor recreational sports centres for sports not played in teams will open with limited access to facilities (e.g., no clubhouse, no change rooms, washrooms and emergency aid only).  The baseball diamond, washrooms and playground remain closed.
Examples of sports centres include:
* Tennis courts
* Rod and gun clubs
* Cycling tracks (including BMX)
* Horse riding facilities
* Indoor rod and gun clubs and indoor golf driving ranges
Individual sports competitions without spectators
* Professional and amateur sport activity for individual/single competitors, including training and competition conducted by a recognized Provincial Sport Organization, National Sport Organization, or recognized national Provincial training centres (e.g., Canadian Sport Institute Ontario) with return to play protocols in place and no spectators, except for an accompanying guardian for a person under the age of 18 years.
* This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played under physical distancing measures. This includes:
* Water sports on lakes and outdoor bodies of water
* Racquet sports such as tennis, ping pong, badminton
* Animal-related sports such as dog racing, agility, horse racing
* Other sports such as: track and field, car and motorcycle racing, figure skating, fencing, rock climbing, gymnastics, etc.
* Swimming pools will remain closed. As a result, water-based sports competitions are excluded if not conducted on lakes or outdoor bodies of water.
* High-contact sports are not allowed even if they are non-team. These include sports where physical distancing cannot be practiced such as:
* Racquetball, squash, boxing, wrestling sports, martial arts, etc.
* the basketball court will remain closed
Professional services related to research and development
* Professional services related to conducting research and experimental development in physical, engineering and life sciences including electronics, computers, chemistry, oceanography, geology, mathematics, physics, environmental, medicine, health, biology, botany, biotechnology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, pharmacy, veterinary and other allied subjects. For example:
* Agriculture, food research, horticulture or botany, entomological, forestry, livestock, veterinary research and development laboratories.
* Bacteriological, biotechnology, chemical, nanobiotechnology, pharmacy, genetics, genomics, computational biology, research and development laboratories.
* Computer and related hardware, electronic, telecommunication research and development services.
* Geology, oceanographic, pollution research and development, and astronomical observatories.
* Mathematics research and development.
* Industrial research and development laboratories.
* These examples are listed for clarity. Most if not all these services are already permitted under the “Research” section of the List of Essential Workplaces.
Emissions inspection facilities
* All emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, including mobile inspection facilities.
Veterinary services
* Veterinary services can resume all services by appointment.
Animal services
* Pet grooming services
* Pet sitting services
* Dog walking services
* Pet training services
* Training and provision of service animals
* Effective May 16, 2020, businesses that board animals (e.g., stables) may allow boarders to visit, care for, or ride their animal
Indoor and outdoor household services
*Private households could now employ workers on or about the premises in activities primarily concerned with the operation of the household such as:
*Domestic services: housekeepers, cooks, maids, butlers, personal affairs management, nanny services, babysitters, other domestic personnel, etc.
*Cleaning and maintenance service: house cleaning, indoor/outdoor painting, window cleaning, pool cleaning, general repairs.
*General maintenance, and repair services can resume, and are no longer limited to “strictly necessary” maintenance.