SDCC Business Response to COVID-19
Our area business organizations which include Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce, Stratford City Centre BIA, investStratford, Stratford Perth Centre for Business, Perth Community Futures Development Corporation, and the Stratford Tourism Alliance are taking a coordinated approach in engaging and supporting the Stratford & District business community. We are constantly monitoring developments with COVID-19 and the impact locally.
We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone in our community. Please know that we are committed to continuing to support Stratford & District Businesses through it. The provincial and federal governments have made announcements pertaining to Businesses and how they will be responding to the economic effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in communication with these levels of government to ensure we stay educated and informed. If you have questions that are not addressed by the sources below, please reach out to us and we will do our best to source the information you are looking for.
We recognize that there is a lot of information coming out, from many different sources, and it can be difficult to know where to go for up-to-date and reliable information. It is our hope that the below list will make it easier and less overwhelming for businesses to get the information they need.
Business Support for COVID-19
- Huron Perth Public Health COVID-19 Information for Workplaces and Employers
- Government of Canada – Risk-Informed Decision Making for Mass Gatherings During COVID- 19
- Government of Canada -Resources for Canadian Business
- OHRC policy statement on the COVID-19 pandemic
- Public Health Ontario COVID-19 Resources
- Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development – Employment Standards
- An Employers Guide for Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic
- How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business
- Food and Beverage Ontario: Covid-19 Updates and Resources
- Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA): Hospitality COVID-19 Resource Centre
- ORHMA Pandemic Relief Recommendations Provincial Government
- Navigating Coronavirus: COVID-19 Resources for Foodservice Operators
Health and Safety Best Practices for Businesses and Employees
If your business has been considered essential and will remain open, it is important that you implement health and safety best practices. Please click here to see the actions that businesses are advised to take to keep themselves and their employees safe.
- Job Protection for Workers during the COVID-19 Situation
- Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping you and your Employees safe
How Can you Help the Province?
Ontario is welcoming help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19. Visit their website for more information.
Economic Relief for Small Business
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Program
- Canada Emergency Business Account
- New loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises
- New Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises
- March 19: A Message from Perth-Wellington MP John Nater
- March 25: A Message from Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece
- April 2: NEWS RELEASE: City of Stratford Announces COVID-19 Economic Support and Recovery Task Force
- City of Stratford COVID-19 Updates
- List of Stratford City Center BIA Businesses with Modified Services
- March 30: Ontario Enhancing Public Reporting about COVID-19
- March 28: Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions
- March 26: Ontario Adopts Temporary Measures to Support Bars, Restaurants and Alcohol Retailers During the COVID-19 Situation
- March 26: Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses
- March 25: Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
- March 25: Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659
- March 24: Ontario Providing Electricity Relief to Families, Small Businesses and Farms During COVID-19
- March 23: Ontario Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety
- April 1: Government Announces Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their jobs
- March 27: Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19
- March 25: Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses
- March 25: Canada’s Leading Business Organizations Call on Government to Protect Jobs and Postpone Non-Essential New Measures
Mental Health Resources
For many, the pressure and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a serious toll. Please see the materials below that will help business, employers, and employees manage their anxiety during this time:
- 6 Tips to Respond to Employee Anxiety About COVID-19
- Tips to Support Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many local businesses, including retailers, restauranteurs and other service providers, have either been mandated to close or have made the difficult decision to temporarily close their business doors to the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
These are your neighbours.
This your community.
Small businesses need your support, now, more than ever.
So it’s time to get creative. Let’s come together and share ways to help them. Here are a few ideas:
- Harness the power of social media. Even though their doors may be closed, business owners are still hard at work, and most are available on social media. Reach out to them individually with a DM (direct message) and ask how you can support them. Many of our local businesses have implemented incentives to shop online so please utilize this option as much as possible.
- Order takeout or delivery. Call your favourite restaurant or café to see how they are still offering their products and services during the crisis.
- Next time you’re online (like right now!), take some time and submit a positive Google review for your favourite business. Yes, the Google reviews you’ve been meaning to write ever since you had the best slice of pizza, the best manicure, the best bouquet of flowers, etc. Let’s use this downtime to help boost the ratings of the businesses in your community!
- Attend an online fitness workout – many of our Stratford & District fitness providers are posting daily workouts on social media.
- And once you’ve submitted those 5-star reviews, why not add a few more businesses to your social feeds? It’s time to make some more virtual connections!
Consider Supporting a Local Not-for-Profit or Charity
At this time, local organizations are working hard to continue to take care of those most in need at a time when support is even more in demand. To the extent that you are able please give generously directly to local not-for-profits and charities to ensure that critical support continues to be available to those most vulnerable within our community.
Do YOU have an idea that we can share with the community? Have you helped to support a local business in a unique way? Have you seen or heard of a business that is offering a promotion, curbside pick-up, online sales, free shipping, etc.?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can best support Stratford & District business during this time.