COVID-19 Business Resource Page

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#StrongerTogether in the #MyHaliburtonHighlands.

We know that businesses are facing unprecedented times, with high uncertainty and daily shifts as this situation evolves.

That’s why we are working hard to compile resources, online events, gather facts, and sort through the government announcements as they come. Here are our communications that we have sent out to our members.

This page will be continuously updated as we continue to communicate, please share with any business person who needs resources! The Chamber is here for the entire business community at this time. 

April 6 2020 – Member Monday


  • Update from ED on government support programs, the recent advocacy work on behalf of the Chamber
  • *New* Canadian Business Resilience Network (Canadian Chamber and Government of Canada)
  • *New* Business Resource Website from the Chamber’s Plan
  • #BuyCloseBy Chamber Blog – When you can’t work in your business, work on your business (Leverage Your Discounts, part 1)
  • and more…

April 1 2020- Update from M.P. Schmale on Temporary Wage Subsidy, Business Support Updates, and more…

  • Update from M.P. Schmale on Temporary Wage Subsidy
  • Update from the CCC on the Business Credit Availability Program
  • Summary graphic – status updates
  • Member Ads
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce – Call with Minister of Labour
  • Leverage your Chamber’s Plan add-ons

March 30, 2020 – Update on Temporary Wage Subsidy, Off-Peak Pricing, Virtual Town Hall

  • Tap into MP Schmale as a resource – Virtual Town Hall TONIGHT;
  • Off-peak pricing of 10.1 cents per kWh now applies around the clock;
  • COVID-19 Update on Temporary Wage Subsidy Program from the CCC and M.P. Schmale;
  • Announcement of Resources and Funding Plans from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries; and
  • Additional resources: updated listing of personal and government supports, funding for artists and freelancers, minimize damage to your credit score, webinars, and more…
  • Business Support Efforts by the OCC & CCC and Provincial and Federal Government responses;
  • Provincial call-in for questions regarding business closures;
  • Can you reconfigure to make essential equipment? Help the Province;
  • New Covid-19 website for businesses from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce;
  • Relief Fund for Artists;
  • Letter from Fleming CREW to the Employers of Haliburton County;
  • Scam Alert from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; and
  • Video, Chief Economist, BDC – What’s ahead for entrepreneurs and the way out.

March 26, 2020 – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has created a new website regarding COVID-19.

Here is their comprehensive listing of business supports.

March 25, 2020 – COVID-19 Get Your Questions Answered – Online Events TOMORROW


March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 – Essential Business List, Government Programs, and Financial Supports


  • List of essential services
  • Comprehensive update on government supports
  • Notes from OCC on CRA wage subsidy
  • HCDC Emergency Loan Program
  • BDC COVID-19 Program
  • Other financing options

March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 – #BuyCloseBy Takeout, Federal Government Updates


  • #BuyCloseBy Takeout Listing – “Who is still open”
  • Federal Government Updates – “Where to start”
  • Update to Municipal Waste Services (Minden Hills)

March 13, 2020 – Upcoming Events & COVID-19


  • Deferred upcoming Chamber events
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Resource Guide

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