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COVID-19: Below are some resources that may help businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will make updates as they become available.

Keep up to date on local mandates with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health – www.wdgpublichealth.ca/coronavirus

 COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

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

Local Supports

Central Counties Tourism Business Support Programme
For Town of Erin Businesses

Help offset the costs incurred by businesses to: keep customers safe, stay top of mind with consumers and/or modify their business model to stay relevant and accessible. Reimburse up to 50% of eligible paid expenses (to a maximum of $15,000) incurred beginning April 1, 2020. Funds are on an application first come first serve basis. Learn more or view the application form.

Business Resurgence Programme

Saugeen Economic Development Corporation is offering a FREE consulting programme for local small businesses. There are several consulting options available: Business Bootcamp, Business Profit Optimizer, Business Advisor, Digital Marketing Coach, or a membership with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium. Learn more.

RH Accelerator

Grand River Ag Society (GRAS) and RH Accelerator Inc. announce they will work together and co invest in support of local early stage innovative companies in the agriculture, food and cleantech industries. Learn more or apply to take part.

Jobs and Growth Fund

Provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. In southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario is investing $224 million to support businesses to build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, enhancing competitiveness, and creating jobs. Learn more or apply.

FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario works to create opportunities for economic growth in southern Ontario by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive. See funding opportunities here.

Provincial Supports

NEW Ontario Tourism Recovery Program (OTRP) supports eligible Ontario-based, tourism businesses in the for-profit attractions, accommodations and transportation sectors that have been hardest hit by COVID-19.

Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit Program - Employers can get reimbursed for up to three days pay (max $200/day) paid to employees on paid infectious disease emergency leave until September 25, 2021.

Digital Main Street Digital Transformation Grant - The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) focuses on providing qualifying brick-and-mortar small businesses with a digital assessment, online training and a one-time $2,500 grant to implement their Digital Transformation Plan. Applications close October 31.

Federal Supports

NEW Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) - supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. Contributions to businesses will be either non-repayable contributions up to $100,000 for up to 50% of eligible costs OR fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 for up to 75% of eligible costs.

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Programme (HASCAP) - Available to businesses across the country, in all sectors, that have been hit hard by the pandemic. This includes restaurants, businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors, and those that rely on in-person service. Download the HASCAP one-pager reference sheet. Interested businesses should contact their primary lender to get more information and to apply.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses. Extended until October 23, 2021.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations. Extended until October 23, 2021.

NEW Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) - provides a subsidy on eligible salary or wages to help hard-hit businesses hire new workers, increase workers' hours, or increase wages at a pace that works for them. As with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, eligible employers can apply for support after each four-week period of the program.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) - For Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, to keep their operations going. Loans of $60,000,000 and above are being made.

Work-Sharing Program – COVID-19 (WS) - A program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers.

EDC Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee - Export Development Canada (EDC) is working with financial institutions to guarantee 80% of new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

BDC Co-Lending Program - Business Development Canada (BDC) is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans of up to $6.25 million to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements.

Other Funding and Financial Relief

Health Resources
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
Province of Ontario
  • Reopening Ontario - Learn about the Roadmap to Reopen, the province’s three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators. Learn more.

  • Ontario Ministry of Health – www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
  • Ontario Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
  • Stop the Spread Business Information Line: 1.888.444.3659
Government of Canada
Agriculture Supports
Food Services

Government of Ontario:

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health:

General Resources
Local Business Resources

Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs)
Focusing on job creation through strategic planning, CDFCs provide funding and advisory services to area businesses.

Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Provides the entry point for entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington County, helping individuals get into business for themselves. We support the growth and expansion of small businesses in our region.

Innovation Guelph
Building prosperity for community wellbeing by providing mentorship and business support services that help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive.

FindYourJob.ca
Employment postings brought to you by the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Our Food Future Guelph-Wellington
Our Food Future supports three core priorities in the local food economy: Increasing access to affordable, nutritious food; Supporting new and existing food businesses; and Strengthening regional food system resiliency.

  • COIL - The Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL) is an innovation platform and activation network aimed at creating, proving and scaling transformative solutions that will move Canada toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

    • ReSource Exchange Marketplace - A project of COIL, ReSource Exchange is a free business-to-business marketplace connecting organizations that have food waste and by-products with others that will find use for them. Using ReSource Exchange, businesses can turn their waste into a revenue stream instead of an expense and access new production inputs.

    • Activate Circular Accelerator - Intake closes soon for qualifying food and environment businesses who are ready to scale and become more circular. The Accelerator offers funding of up to $30k as well as training and mentorship.
    • Circulate CoLab - Intake is open now for teams of companies proposing a partnered innovation answering the challenge of increasing circularity in upstream food systems. Three teams will receive $20k to prototype their solution, and will then compete for funding of $100k to scale up into a full demonstration project.
    • Re(PURPOSE) Incubator - Intake is launching this month for qualifying food companies to participate in a waste audit process which can result in a new value stream emerging from unavoidable waste.
  • Circular Economy Digital Passport - The circular economy digital passport provides free access to a diverse community of organizations committed to building a circular economy and connects businesses with programs, business resources, and experts that can support them on their circular journey.

  • Harve$t Impact Community Donation Platform - Harve$t Impact, a project of 10C, is a new community finance intermediary, supporting the goals of Our Food Future in Guelph-Wellington by activating community donations, philanthropy and social finance investments.
Other Resources

Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington - offer settlement services to help immigrants participate fully in Canadian life, as well as Translation and Interpretation Program Services

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC) - not-for-profit organization delivering skills training, consulting, research and insight. 

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) - advocate the importance of tourism as an economic driver and job creator in order to serve the interests of Ontario’s diverse tourism industry and business community.

  • A Three Fires Collaborative Quest - designed to fill critical gaps within the industry and encourage recovery and growth of the province’s tourism workforce by bringing awareness of opportunities to potential Indigenous employees. Participation available for Employers and Employees.
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 Resources to Support Mental Health for Businesses and Employees
Government Sponsored Mental Health Support
  • Wellness Together Canada ca.portal.gs
    Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional.
  • Mind Beacon Therapist Guided Programme www.mindbeacon.com
    Offering free mental health support for Ontario residents dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and more, thanks to funding from the Government of Ontario.
  • Connex Ontario www.connexontario.ca/en-ca
    ConnexOntario is an information and referral service, focusing on mental health, addiction and problem gambling services in the province. We are here to support Ontarians via phone, web-chat and email 24/7. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff offer supportive listening to help you discover the resources you need from our comprehensive database.
Access self-led telephone or online therapy
  • Togetherall togetherall.com/en-ca
    An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health. Moderated 24/7 by trained practitioners who keep members safe, and facilitate the process of people helping people in an online environment.
  • BounceBack bouncebackontario.ca
    A free skill-building programme that adults and youth 15+ can access over the phone. With the guidance of a coach, you’ll work through a series of workbooks at your own schedule, to gain practical skills to better manage low mood, anxiety, worry or stress. You’ll learn things like how to improve your mood by changing the way you think or respond to things. Workbooks and coaching available for youths and adults (15 and older).
Other Mental Health Resources
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington www.here4help.ca/Waterloo-Wellington
    Taking care of our mental health, and discovering our own resilience is even more important now, so that we are able to cope with stress, and care for others who depend on us. Here you can find resources, information, and guidance to help navigate this ‘new and temporary’ normal.
  • eMentalHealth.ca eMentalHealth.ca
    A website dedicated to improving mental health in youth and families. Through this online portal, you can find mental health help in your area and access infosheets on a wide range of topics including stress, understanding mental health disorders, and strategies for caregivers.
  • Think Mental Health www.thinkmentalhealth.ca
    A joint effort from Ontario Health and Safety System Partners to provide business owners with the resources needed to better understand and prevent mental health problems.
  • The Farmers' Toolbox www.thefarmerstoolbox.com
    This website is to serve as a mental health resource database. The information has been curated for farmers, anyone in the agricultural industry and residents of rural Ontario.
  • Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
    The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is working towards making agriculture a safe and healthy environment to work and live in by helping producers and community partners to see and manage risk. The specific stress related resources that CASA has created include:
  • Do More Ag www.domore.ag/resources
    A not-for-profit organization focusing on mental health in agriculture across Canada. By championing the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers, Do More Ag is changing the culture of agriculture to one where all producers are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing.
Videos
  • Dr Bill Howatt
    Known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues. See YouTube videos in which he openly shares his vast experience and knowledge. Videos to watch: Mental Health and COVID-19, P.U.R.E., Calm and COVID-19, dealing with Isolation and COVID-19.
  • Dr Mike Evans www.reframehealthlab.com/category/health-picks
    Best known for developing innovative health messaging for the world. To make this happen he brought together creatives, patients, and clinicians in a media lab (now Reframe). Dr Mike has some excellent whiteboard videos on topics such as ‘Mental Health 101’, ‘Science of Happiness’, ‘Depression’ and more.
Resource Guides
Other Related Health Resources
  • Participaction www.participaction.com/en-ca
    A national non-profit organization whose mission is to help Canadians sit less and move more.
  • Unlockfood (formerly Eat Right Ontario) www.unlockfood.ca/en/default.aspx
    Nutrition/Healthy Eating information on nutrition, food and healthy eating, as well as recipes, videos and online tools. There is information on hundreds of topics from A-Z. Focuses on healthy eating throughout the lifecycle (from infants to seniors), and preventing and managing health conditions.
  • Lumino Health luminohealth.sunlife.ca
    Provider and Research Search Tool as well as health guide and health topics.
  • MHCC Workplace Mental Health Winter Mini-Guide  www.theworkingmind.ca
    This mini-guide is designed to help employers provide workers with specific tools and resources during the winter months.
 Shop Local Links
Think Minto First
A one-stop-shop to purchase gift cards from amazing local stores and businesses located in the Town of Minto (Harriston, Palmerston, and Clifford). Visit www.thinkmintofirst.com to learn more.

Make it Mapleton

One convenient spot to buy gift certificates to many local businesses in the Township of Mapleton. Visit www.makeitmapleton.ca to learn more.

Shop Local CW
Purchase gift cards online from businesses in the Township of Centre Wellington (Fergus, Elora and Belwood). Visit www.shoplocalcw.ca to learn more.

Shop Wellington North
Online platform for local businesses in Mount Forest, Arthur and surrounding area to put their products for sale online. Feel free to browse, share and shop on this new platform and help support local! Visit www.shopwellingtonnorth.com.

Shop Local Puslinch
An online platform to support local businesses through gift certificate purchases that can be used right away. Visit www.shoplocalpuslinch.ca to show your support.

Find Local Food with Taste Real
Taste Real Guelph-Wellington has put together a handy list of all Taste Real farms and food businesses with details on how you can purchase from them during COVID-19.

 PPE Resources
 Personal Protective Equipment
  • Premium PromoWorx Inc., Fergus www.premiumpromoworx.com
  • Schelters Stockroom Supply Ltd., Elora (PPE, barriers, signage, cleaning supplies) www.schelterofficeplus.ca
  • Clear Sight & Sound a division of Hall Telecommunication Supply Limited, Guelph-Eramosa (masks, gloves, face shields, disposable coveralls and shoe coverings)
  • William Wood-Write Ltd, Puslinch (disposable non-medial face masks). www.penblanks.ca
  • WC Smith Wholesale, Clifford (gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, wipes and cleaners, face shields, gowns, goggles) www.wcsmith.ca
  • Fusion Products, Cambridge (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) ppe.fusionproducts.ca
Plexiglas Partitions
Signage
Hand Sanitizer
Ontario.ca PPE Directory
 GovDeals - Surplus Municipal Equipment

The County of Wellington sells its surplus municipal equipment online through GovDeals. GovDeals is an online auction service that allows government agencies to sell their surplus assets via the Internet.

Visit GovDeals to view available County surplus for sale.


Contact the Economic Development Office for more information about doing business in Wellington County at 519.837.2600 X 2614 or by email.

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