COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Business

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A provincewide "emergency brake" is in effect as of Saturday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m. Information for businesses here.


A public health order came into effect at 12:01am on March 30, 2021, with restrictions specific to the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health region. Information for businesses here.


For businesses that have questions, you can call Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Or use this Hastings Prince Edward Public Health workplace inquiry form.


Ontario Small Business Grant application deadline extended to April 7, 2021.

Application here for grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures.


Messaging Guidance for Tourism Businesses

Visit The County has prepared messaging guidance and FAQs to help tourism businesses navigate the facts around restrictions and craft messaging. Available here.


Workplace Safety Checklist

An inspection blitz in Hastings Prince Edward Jan 20 -22 showed that more than half of businesses were not compliant with safety protocols. The most common infractions included not having a safety plan and exceeding capacity limits. All businesses must have Safety Plans regardless what zone they are in. Check here for a Safety Checklist including how to create the required Safety Plan.


Municipal Update

We recognize that businesses are facing an unprecedented financial impact from COVID-19. To help manage household and business costs, The County will continue to suspend penalties and interest on unpaid property taxes and water and wastewater bills until April 30, 2021. Beginning May 1, 2021, accounts in arrears will be subject to interest of 1.25% on May 1 and on the first day of each month that they remain unpaid.

If your account is in arrears, please contact the municipality. Staff can provide information about resources that can help, and can also make payment arrangements. For tax bills and payments, please contact tax@pecounty.on.ca and for water/wastewater bills and payments contact waterbilling@pecounty.on.ca. For telephone service, call 613-476-2148.

Residents who are having difficulty paying household expenses can also find resources at thecounty.ca/help-with-payments.


Business Support Finder

Click here to find all the current Canada and Ontario government business supports in one place. It's an easy tool that finds the right programs and services based on your answers to a few questions about your business and your needs. Direct links to some of the key programs are also on the right side of this page on desktop, or bottom of this page on mobile.


Online Presence and e-commerce

Digital Main Street is a free program that helps small downtown businesses use digital technologies to adapt to our rapidly changing environment.

Prince Edward County in partnership with the Picton BIA has obtained a grant for a Digital Service Squad. County small businesses can meet virtually with a trained specialist, at no cost, to help them improve their online presence, including developing a Google My Business profile, enhancing their social media presence and support for basic website and e-commerce set-up.

Contact info@experiencepicton.com



Keep It In The County Pass

Add your business to the Keep It in the County Pass! Customers check in to local businesses for the chance to win prizes. Any independently owned (non-chain) business in the retail or restaurant category can have a free listing on the pass and add a special offer. Runs until Dec 31, 2021.

To add your business or update your offer contact info@experiencepicton.com

Local Small Business Support

Sandy Abbott is available to work with you, providing free, confidential business support funded by The County's Community & Economic Development Commission (CEDC).

Sandy is available to assist with COVID-19 related challenges such as preparing for a loan or grant application or to brainstorm ways to strengthen your business during this difficult time.

To schedule an appointment, call Sandy at 613-476-4240 or email abbott.agency@sympatico.ca




Local Employer Support

Career Edge is available to meet your hiring needs!

Career Edge's free employer services include: job postings, job application screenings, job seeker matches, and training/equipment support to offset costs for new employees. Career Edge can offer guidance on federal and provincial subsidies that are being offered to employers right now. Contact Career Edge to determine if you are eligible for wage subsidies to offset costs.

For free advice and support for employers, contact Bailey Austin-Macmillan at 613 476-6456 or email baileya@careeredge.on.ca


A provincewide "emergency brake" is in effect as of Saturday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m. Information for businesses here.


A public health order came into effect at 12:01am on March 30, 2021, with restrictions specific to the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health region. Information for businesses here.


For businesses that have questions, you can call Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. Or use this Hastings Prince Edward Public Health workplace inquiry form.


Ontario Small Business Grant application deadline extended to April 7, 2021.

Application here for grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures.


Messaging Guidance for Tourism Businesses

Visit The County has prepared messaging guidance and FAQs to help tourism businesses navigate the facts around restrictions and craft messaging. Available here.


Workplace Safety Checklist

An inspection blitz in Hastings Prince Edward Jan 20 -22 showed that more than half of businesses were not compliant with safety protocols. The most common infractions included not having a safety plan and exceeding capacity limits. All businesses must have Safety Plans regardless what zone they are in. Check here for a Safety Checklist including how to create the required Safety Plan.


Municipal Update

We recognize that businesses are facing an unprecedented financial impact from COVID-19. To help manage household and business costs, The County will continue to suspend penalties and interest on unpaid property taxes and water and wastewater bills until April 30, 2021. Beginning May 1, 2021, accounts in arrears will be subject to interest of 1.25% on May 1 and on the first day of each month that they remain unpaid.

If your account is in arrears, please contact the municipality. Staff can provide information about resources that can help, and can also make payment arrangements. For tax bills and payments, please contact tax@pecounty.on.ca and for water/wastewater bills and payments contact waterbilling@pecounty.on.ca. For telephone service, call 613-476-2148.

Residents who are having difficulty paying household expenses can also find resources at thecounty.ca/help-with-payments.


Business Support Finder

Click here to find all the current Canada and Ontario government business supports in one place. It's an easy tool that finds the right programs and services based on your answers to a few questions about your business and your needs. Direct links to some of the key programs are also on the right side of this page on desktop, or bottom of this page on mobile.


Online Presence and e-commerce

Digital Main Street is a free program that helps small downtown businesses use digital technologies to adapt to our rapidly changing environment.

Prince Edward County in partnership with the Picton BIA has obtained a grant for a Digital Service Squad. County small businesses can meet virtually with a trained specialist, at no cost, to help them improve their online presence, including developing a Google My Business profile, enhancing their social media presence and support for basic website and e-commerce set-up.

Contact info@experiencepicton.com



Keep It In The County Pass

Add your business to the Keep It in the County Pass! Customers check in to local businesses for the chance to win prizes. Any independently owned (non-chain) business in the retail or restaurant category can have a free listing on the pass and add a special offer. Runs until Dec 31, 2021.

To add your business or update your offer contact info@experiencepicton.com

Local Small Business Support

Sandy Abbott is available to work with you, providing free, confidential business support funded by The County's Community & Economic Development Commission (CEDC).

Sandy is available to assist with COVID-19 related challenges such as preparing for a loan or grant application or to brainstorm ways to strengthen your business during this difficult time.

To schedule an appointment, call Sandy at 613-476-4240 or email abbott.agency@sympatico.ca




Local Employer Support

Career Edge is available to meet your hiring needs!

Career Edge's free employer services include: job postings, job application screenings, job seeker matches, and training/equipment support to offset costs for new employees. Career Edge can offer guidance on federal and provincial subsidies that are being offered to employers right now. Contact Career Edge to determine if you are eligible for wage subsidies to offset costs.

For free advice and support for employers, contact Bailey Austin-Macmillan at 613 476-6456 or email baileya@careeredge.on.ca