April 14 COVID-19 Update


Today the Ontario Legislature approved a bill to extend Ontario’s Emergency Orders for an additional 28 days and Federal legislators had a special session this weekend to approve a new economic package.
To better serve our members we are striving to only send you new information not found in previous emails, with member updates and further links at the bottom. We hope this will make it easier to stay up-to-date with the most recent information.

Federal Government

This morning Justin Trudeau revealed that Canada will spend an additional $130 million to support northern provinces, territories and communities. $72 million of this will go directly to the health systems of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This announcement also includes money to help northern businesses who may not currently qualify for existing government support.
The Prime Minister also announced that Parliament passed legislation this weekend on the biggest emergency aid package since the Second World War. This means that there should be an announcement this week about applying for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Trudeau also said that there will be more announcements made “soon” about additional support for individuals and businesses that do not qualify for current measures.

Provincial Government

Today the Provincial government approved a bill extending all Emergency Orders for an additional 28 days. These measures include the closing of non-essential businesses, restrictions on public gatherings and the closure of recreation facilities. Over the weekend the Government also added several new restrictions to the orders, including making it easier to re-purpose existing buildings and put up temporary structures in the fight against COVID-19, the prohibition of camping on all Crown Land and additional support for construction workers and businesses. For a complete list of emergency measures you can read this weekends official news release.

Local News

Last week the Town of Huntsville Council passed a motion to provide $2,500.00 each to the Table Food Bank and the Salvation Army to assist these not-for-profit organizations in delivering much needed support and services to our community.

Tourism Report

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario has released the results of their most recent tourism business survey. The Survey #3 Report deals with issues facing tourism businesses in our region, including current operating conditions and risks in the future.

Member Updates

Staples Huntsville is open for curbside pickup 7 days a week between 12pm and 5pm. Orders must be placed online at Staples.ca or staplescopyandprint.ca. Customers must choose the “Buy Online Pickup In Store” option as the store is unable to take payment in store.
Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm is open daily 10am-4pm for “Porch Pick Up” only. Please call ahead at 705-787-9787 to place a maple syrup or maple product order. Orders can be paid by e-tranfer or credit card and the order is left outside on the porch. Freshly made maple syrups are available in both “Amber” and “Dark”.
Tall Trees Muskoka Restaurant is offering the opportunity to pre-purchase a three course dinner for two for $32.95 plus tax, per person, with several menu options to choose from. Purchase between April 4 – May 31 and use from their re-open date to October 1 (dates may change depending upon re-open date). Call the office at 705-789-9769 with payment information and they will store your dinner coupon for you until you choose to join them. They would also like to remind everyone that gift certificates are also available at this time.
Muskoka Seniors is pleased to advise that the Frozen Meals on Wheels service is now available. There will be a staff member in their office on Mondays and Tuesdays only to support this program. Call the office at 705-789-6676 to register or for more details.
That Little Place by the Lights is taking orders for each week until Tuesday at noon to be delivered to Huntsville and surrounding area Thursdays and Fridays. They have added menu options on Facebook and Instagram.
Provide us with your business updates so we can feature them daily and get your information out to other members. Other important updates can be found on our COVID-19 Information page. Send us your information to this email address: [email protected] or call us directly at 705-789-4771.

Further Resources

Moving Forward

In this time we need to work together as much as possible to enable Huntsville and Lake of Bays to weather this situation and to position ourselves as the tourism leader once we are able to re-open our businesses and services to the public. If you have questions or need help finding the appropriate resources to assist you or your business, please reach out to us at the following address: [email protected]
From all of us at the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce team we urge you to stay safe and promise to do everything in our power to assist you in this difficult time.

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