• March 29, 2020 11:34 PM | Anonymous

    March 2020-Parry Sound-Muskoka Recently, the World Health Organization has declared the spread of the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic. This global health crisis has produced a number of challenges for our economy and most importantly to small business owners like yourselves. I have collected several resources for you that may prove helpful as we navigate this crisis together.

    A Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) has been established through Business Development Canada (BDC):

    Small Business Loan: Up to $100,000 can be obtained online

    Working capital loan: For loans over $100,000 and can support everyday operations Purchase Order Financing: Loans to fulfill domestic or international orders

    For more information 1-877-232-2269 or use their online assessment tool

    The Employment Insurance program has been restructured. Any employee requiring sick days or isolation can apply for EI Illness. The wait week is waived under this program and medical documentation is not required. Regular benefits can also be obtained for employees that have been laid off. Records of Employment ARE required but not to apply.

    Employment Insurance (EI): 1-833-381-2725 or apply online.

    To view the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan announced March 18th 2020,

    follow this link.

    Please do not hesitate to contact any of our offices in Huntsville, Parry Sound or Ottawa with any questions or for assistance. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available to us regarding confirmation of additional programs and implementation.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Aitchison

    Member of Parliament Parry Sound—Muskoka scott.aitchison@parl.gc.ca

    Huntsville 705-789-4640

    Ottawa 613-944-7740

    Parry Sound 705-746-9053


  • March 29, 2020 7:23 PM | Anonymous


     

    Hello,
     
    Restaurants Canada, the Hotel Association of Canada, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada have joined forces in their lobbying effort to secure tax relief and a credit facility for the sector as a whole.
     
    Collectively the foodservice, tourism and hospitality sectors represent $139 billion in direct economic activity and support 1.8 million employees in Canada - nearly 1 in 10 Canadians in the workforce. Without immediate access to liquidity, our industry is at risk of permanent damage. Many businesses that are shuttered will not reopen, and the duration of unemployment for hundreds of thousands of Canadian workers will last much longer than necessary. The speed and strength of our recovery will depend on the Government’s decision to support us.
     
    Our joint proposal is under consideration by Finance as we speak, but we need your support to get it across the finish line.
     
    Can you please: 

    1. Put your signature on our joint proposal by clicking here.
    2. Send a letter to your Member of Parliament urging him/her to support this proposal. The letter is already pre-written for you, you just need to input your name and address. Click here to send a letter.

    Together we are stronger, and we need the full strength of our industries behind us.
    Thank you for your help.
     
    Sincerely,
    Charlotte Bell
    President & CEO
    Tourism Industry Association of Canada

  • March 29, 2020 7:22 PM | Anonymous


    BUSINESS RESOURCE
    PLEASE FOLLOW FOR ADVOCACY

     

    Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses
     

    Website - https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en

    Twitter – Dan Kelly https://twitter.com/CFIB

     

    ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED AGENCIES TO FOLLOW

    Canadian Chamber of Commerce for ongoing updates to announcements affecting your businesses and staff.
     

    Ontario Government Covid-19 updates

    Government of Canada Covid-19 updates

    Tourism Industry Association of Canada

    Tourism Industry Association of Ontario 

  • March 29, 2020 7:18 PM | Anonymous

    Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small, medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis


    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-covid19-mar27-business-1.5512151
     

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces enhanced measures to keep employees on the payroll.

    • Increasing Canada’s Wage subsidy to 75% to help keep employees on payroll – these subsidies will be backdated to March 15th 2020
    • Adding an additional $12.5-billion through Export Development Canada (EDC) and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to help small and medium-sized businesses with their operational capital requirements 
    • Establishing the Canada Emergency Business Account which will support small business loans for eligible businesses for up to $40K, $10K of which may be forgivable dependant on certain qualifications
    • Deferrals on GST and HST payments as well as duty taxes owned on imports until June
    • The government also announced it will eliminate the collection on taxes on the incoming Canada Emergency Response Benefit when recipients recover their incomes. $2,000k per month will be provided to those who do not receive wages due to the pandemic
  • March 29, 2020 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    IMPORTANT INFO ON COVID-19 FOR
    REGIONAL TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS
    March 27, 2020



    View this email in your browser

     

     

    RTO12/Explorers' Edge Covid-19 Industry Update
    March 27, 2020 

     

     

    RTO12 CONTACT INFORMATION

     

    James Murphy, Executive Director
    Email: james@explorersedge.ca / Tel: 705-706-1649
    Twitter @rto12news

    Kate Monk, Senior Director of Strategy & Communications
    Email: kate@explorersedge.ca / Tel: 705-706-4353
    Twitter @rto12kate

     

     

    IMPORTANT SURVEY - TOURISM OWNERS/GMs PLEASE RESPOND

    We are a few weeks into our Covid-19 response and we now better understand federal and provincial initiatives intended to help our industry. 

    Further, RTO12 staff now has a better idea of what data we need to collect, in order to approach federal and provincial funding agencies for money to sustain and re-build our regional tourism industry.

    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

    RTO12 asks all tourism operators/GMs in the RTO12 catchment to fill out the following survey so that we can better articulate "an ask" that will help as many businesses as possible. As you know, with the Covid-19 crisis, time is of the essence so....
     
    PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY MONDAY, MARCH 30 AT 5PM.

    Your name and company will not be publicly identified, but we may follow-up with you for further elaboration.

    This information will also be very important for RTO12 to quickly create "Scenario Planning Sessions" to assist tourism operators/GMs well, starting next week (we intend).
     
    Thank you for filling out this survey. If you have any questions please email kate@exploresredge.ca 


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