COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Business

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As announced by the provincial government on Jan 12, 2021, an enhanced provincewide shutdown began on Jan 14, 2021 and is anticipated to be in effect until at least February 11, 2021. The enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in effect for all of Ontario.

Businesses, organizations and facilities will find the public health measures for the enhanced provincewide shutdown, including sector-specific guidance, in this document, with the additional restrictions highlighted in red. If you review this information and still 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.


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. Please contact us at 613.476.2148 extension 1523 Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm to discuss managing property taxes and water bills.


Ontario Small Business Grant applications now open

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. As of Jan 22, the Ontario government has received more than 42,000 applications for this grant, and businesses that have been approved can expect to receive payment within about 10 business days.


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

Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program allows employers to access wage subsidies of up to $7,500 when they hire Canadian post-secondary students for work integrated learning experiences. In partnership with the PEC Chamber of Commerce and funded by the Government of Canada. Details here.


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


As announced by the provincial government on Jan 12, 2021, an enhanced provincewide shutdown began on Jan 14, 2021 and is anticipated to be in effect until at least February 11, 2021. The enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in effect for all of Ontario.

Businesses, organizations and facilities will find the public health measures for the enhanced provincewide shutdown, including sector-specific guidance, in this document, with the additional restrictions highlighted in red. If you review this information and still 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.


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. Please contact us at 613.476.2148 extension 1523 Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm to discuss managing property taxes and water bills.


Ontario Small Business Grant applications now open

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. As of Jan 22, the Ontario government has received more than 42,000 applications for this grant, and businesses that have been approved can expect to receive payment within about 10 business days.


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

Student Work Placement Program

The Student Work Placement Program allows employers to access wage subsidies of up to $7,500 when they hire Canadian post-secondary students for work integrated learning experiences. In partnership with the PEC Chamber of Commerce and funded by the Government of Canada. Details here.


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