COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, below is a list of business resources that have been compiled for your information. Please share these resources with your networks to ensure that businesses are prepared to manage through this challenging time.

If you have additional resources to share, please email ecdev@selwyntownship.ca.

Guidelines for Businesses to Follow During COVID-19
Selwyn Township Economic Recovery Strategy

At the meeting of April 28, 2020 Council passed a resolution directing staff to begin development of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Strategy. Council provided detail with respect to the key components to be included in the Strategy and staff have developed a number of additional initiatives.

Financial Support for Businesses

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS):

  • We are covering up to 75% of an employee's wages for qualifying eligible employers to keep and re-hire employees and avoid layoffs.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS):

  • The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) provides a direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses, charities and non-profits. This support is available directly to tenants.
  • Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support.
  • The combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities subject to a lockdown can receive rent support of up to 90%.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) interest-free loans:

  • The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides interest-free, partially forgivable, loans of up to $60,000, to small businesses and not-for-profits, that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19 but face ongoing non-deferrable costs, such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and wages.
  • $20,000 will be forgiven if the balance of the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF):

  • The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) is providing assistance to businesses and communities that may require additional support to cope with and recover from the pandemic. The RRRF is part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The fund will help to:
    • mitigate the financial pressure experienced by businesses and organizations to allow them to continue their operations, including paying their employees; and
    • support projects by businesses, organizations and communities to prepare now for a successful recovery.
Funding Programs
 Downloadable Posters for Businesses
To support our local businesses, the Township created printable posters that businesses can use as they prepare to re-open.
 Agriculture

Kawartha Choice

  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) and the Kawartha Lakes Economic Development have recently launched kawarthachoice.com. Improving upon the well-established Kawartha Choice FarmFresh (KCFF) program, the new website features an enhanced ability to connect consumers with regional food producers.

  • Do you produce, sell, serve or showcase food and drink from the Kawartha region? Your business may qualify for a free KCFF membership if a minimum 15% (or $25,000) of total food purchases are sourced locally. Among the many benefits of membership, you’ll receive a listing on kawarthachoice.com with links to your website and social media account.

  • Visit kawarthachoice.com for more information about membership benefits. 

Other Resources

 Manufacturing
 Restaurants
 Retailers

Retail Council of Canada:

Tourism

Safe Travel Stamp

  • The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in cooperation with the provincial government, has created a self-certified Safe Travel Stamp based on worldwide industry protocols. The specially designed stamp will allow travelers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’. The application is free and very simple to complete.

  • Be sure to let Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism know when you have received the stamp. They will update your profile on their website and add your business to their Safe Travels Stamp listing.

Other Resources

 Other Business Support Organizations

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