COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Business

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Welcome to the COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Businesses page. Here you will find a series of links, resources and tools that can help you manage and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 upon your business in Prince Edward County.

For further 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.


Essential Links

What are the current public health restrictions?

COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice: this page from the Provincial government provides a regular update on mandated public health measures and a list of businesses permitted to open, and which restrictions they must follow.

As of July 16, 2021, the Province is current in Phase Three (3) of reopening. This means that most businesses are permitted to open with capacity limits, and permits activities such as indoor social gatherings and indoor dining, up to certain thresholds.

My business requires financial support

Government of Canada Business Benefits Finder: this Federal tool can help you find which grants (provincial or federal) your business may be eligible for.

COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario: this Provincial page is regularly updated with available ongoing provincial benefits for businesses suffering due to COVID-19.

One of my employees is concerned they have/has tested positive for COVID-19

Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit: this Provincial benefit can reimburse you for up to three (3) days of paid time off your employees have taken due to COVID-19, up to $200 per worker, per day.

COVID-19 Workplace Self-Screening Kits: this program, run by the PEC Chamber of Commerce, can send your business free COVID-19 antigen screening kits that provide fast and accurate test results for COVID-19.

My business needs Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)(masks, face shields, etc.)

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory: this Provincial directory provides a regularly updated list of commercial PPE suppliers.

My business needs to create a Workplace Safety Plan

Develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan: this Provincial page provides a template and checklist for the creation of your Workplace Safety Plan as required under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. The creation and adherence to this plan is mandatory for all businesses, regardless of size.

My business needs help with municipal/provincial/federal taxes or utility payments

PEC: Help with Payments: this page describes the ways the municipality can help you pay your municipal taxes or utility bills.

Ontario COVID-19 Tax Relief: this page from the Provincial government describes some ways you can relieve your tax burden from COVID-19 stressors.

The CRA and COVID-19 Changes: this page from the Federal government describes a series of benefits and tools that can afford your business tax relief, emergency benefits, etc.



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


Welcome to the COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Businesses page. Here you will find a series of links, resources and tools that can help you manage and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 upon your business in Prince Edward County.

For further 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.


Essential Links

What are the current public health restrictions?

COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice: this page from the Provincial government provides a regular update on mandated public health measures and a list of businesses permitted to open, and which restrictions they must follow.

As of July 16, 2021, the Province is current in Phase Three (3) of reopening. This means that most businesses are permitted to open with capacity limits, and permits activities such as indoor social gatherings and indoor dining, up to certain thresholds.

My business requires financial support

Government of Canada Business Benefits Finder: this Federal tool can help you find which grants (provincial or federal) your business may be eligible for.

COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario: this Provincial page is regularly updated with available ongoing provincial benefits for businesses suffering due to COVID-19.

One of my employees is concerned they have/has tested positive for COVID-19

Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit: this Provincial benefit can reimburse you for up to three (3) days of paid time off your employees have taken due to COVID-19, up to $200 per worker, per day.

COVID-19 Workplace Self-Screening Kits: this program, run by the PEC Chamber of Commerce, can send your business free COVID-19 antigen screening kits that provide fast and accurate test results for COVID-19.

My business needs Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)(masks, face shields, etc.)

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory: this Provincial directory provides a regularly updated list of commercial PPE suppliers.

My business needs to create a Workplace Safety Plan

Develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan: this Provincial page provides a template and checklist for the creation of your Workplace Safety Plan as required under the Occupational Health & Safety Act. The creation and adherence to this plan is mandatory for all businesses, regardless of size.

My business needs help with municipal/provincial/federal taxes or utility payments

PEC: Help with Payments: this page describes the ways the municipality can help you pay your municipal taxes or utility bills.

Ontario COVID-19 Tax Relief: this page from the Provincial government describes some ways you can relieve your tax burden from COVID-19 stressors.

The CRA and COVID-19 Changes: this page from the Federal government describes a series of benefits and tools that can afford your business tax relief, emergency benefits, etc.



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


Page last updated: 30 July 2021, 13:32