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April 16 COVID-19 Update

COVID-19

Today Justin Trudeau announced changes to the eligibility criteria for Canada Emergency Business Account benefits as well as a program for commercial business rent assistance. The Provincial Government has increased COVID-19 testing rates to 9,000 tests per day.
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.
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Federal Government

This morning Justin Trudeau announced that the Federal Government will be relaxing the criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) which provides qualifying businesses government guaranteed loans of up to $40,000. The program will now be available to businesses with a 2019 payroll expense between $20,000 and $1.5 million. He said 195,000 loans have already been processed under this program. Businesses can apply now through a Canadian financial institution.
The Prime Minister also announced the creation of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program. This program will provide rent payment assistance to help small businesses for the months of April, May and June. Trudeau says provinces will have to buy in and more details will be coming soon.

Provincial Government

Today Doug Ford announced that the Province has increased its COVID-19 testing and is now testing 9,000 people per day, with the goal of testing 14,000 per day by the end of April. The Province is testing priority groups to eliminate the spread in some of the most vulnerable citizens. He also announced that 1,000 new acute care beds have been created in hospitals, with 4,200 beds available by the end of the month.
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. For more details you can read the Government’s official news release.

Local News

The Township of Lake of Bays has released its latest Economic Development Newsletter. This issue highlights available business resources as well as providing a recap of the 21 days local business support project.
The District of Muskoka issued a media release yesterday about the King William Street construction project. The District says construction will proceed as planned this summer, with the project being closely monitored to ensure compliance with COVID-19 measures. Project limits are from the swing bridge to Scott Street with a start date in the next 2 weeks. You can read the full media release for more details.
The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber in Commerce is partnering with the Huntsville BIA and the Town of Huntsville on the Save Summer campaign. Created as a means to inform, mobilize and encourage our community, the campaign has created a Facebook page to engage and entertain. You can tune into Facebook for live events every night at 7:00 pm. Local businesses are encouraged to share tips, tricks or entertainment segments to be included in the campaign.

Business & Tourism Report

The Canadian Business Resilience Network has published a comprehensive guide to resources available to Canadian businesses including public and private sector supports. Visit their website to find out which programs may apply to you.

Member Updates

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.
Pet Valu is open Monday to Friday 10-5 and Saturday 9-5 for curbside pickup only. Order easily through www.petvalu-huntsville.com or by email at [email protected] or by phone at 705-789-0031.
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.
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.

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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.

Chamber of Commerce members can expect the best!


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