COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown. Additional restrictions will be put into place and reinforce that Ontarians should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Provincewide Shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Learn about the restrictions and public health measures that are in place.​ 

Government Resources 

  1. Not sure where to start? Find COVID-19 support and other programs and services easily by plugging in your specific business information.
  2. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safely reopen our economy, download the COVID Alert App.
  3. The Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown
  4. Canada Employment Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has a new calculator is a tool to help you estimate the amount of your wage subsidy. The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account 
  6. Ontario Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines
  7. Commercial rent assistance for small businesses
  8. Additional Details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
  9. Canada Summer Jobs Program
  10. Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Application instructions for self-employed individuals.
  11. Ontario’s Action Plan Responding to COVID-19
  12. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
  13. Support for Families
  14. Canadian Business Resilience Network
  15. BDC Small Business Loan Application
  16. Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
  17. Canada Revenue Agency’s FAQ’s

Local Resources 

  1. Local Health Unit Issues Requirement for Mask Use in Commercial Establishments
  2. #CurbsideTrentHills Program
  3. Posters from the HKPR District Health Unit to display.
  4. Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic from CAHM
  5. Ontario Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses
  6. Pandemic Preparedness for Business from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  7. Message to our community from CMH President and CEO, Varouj Eskedjian 
  8. COVID-19 Community Update for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County and Haliburton County – January 12, 2021

ServiceOntario Office Changes

At our ServiceOntario office, we have implemented some new practices to ensure our customers and staff remain healthy.

  • The Campbellford ServiceOntario office will be operating on modified hours until further notice: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, (closed from 12 pm to 1 pm); Saturdays 9 am to 12 pm.
  • All customers to enter through Chamber of Commerce entrance. We will be asking screening questions to determine if you can enter. If you answer “Yes” to any questions you will not be able to enter and to contact your family health care provider or call Telehealth and speak to a registered nurse at 1-866-797-0000.
  • ServiceOntario announced Thursday, March 19, 2020 they have extended validation to expired and expiring driver’s licenses, health cards, Ontario Photo Cards, license plate stickers and many more products. You do not need to renew at this time. Please visit Ontario.ca/Services for the full list of products with extended validation. Please note that you will still be able to access emergency health care with an expired health card.
  • Customers are required to use hand sanitizer upon entry to the office
  • Staff will be disinfecting common surfaces on a regular basis
  • Limiting the number of people in the building to 4
  • Employees complete the self-assessment tool daily
  • Advising customers that have symptoms to not visit the office