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Community Development Department Newsletter

April 2020




These are unprecedented times, causing an unprecedented impact in our lives, our community and with your businesses. We are here to support you. Please heed advice from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health: stay home unless absolutely necessary. Wash or sanitize hands frequently. If you must go out, keep physically separated from others around you by at least 2 metres or 6.5 feet.


Municipal Updates

The County of Prince Edward will defer the June and September property tax due dates by 90 days to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19. This deferral until later in the year is to help provide cash flow relief for County residents over the next few months. Read more here.

Water bills will arrive in April. Before falling into arrears, call 613.476.2148 ext. 1523 from 9-5 pm, Monday to Friday to discuss options.

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is closed to all but essential visitors to residents who are dying or very ill. To keep in touch with residents, join their Facebook page. If you would like to talk with your family member either through Facetime or on the phone, please contact Tammy 613.476.2138 ext. 134 to make arrangements.

Parks, playgrounds, dog park and green spaces are now closed. The Millennium Trail and Wellington beach remain open for walks - not gatherings - so long as users maintain a distance of 2m/6.5' between themselves and others. Read more here.

Apply for burn permits online here; a total burn ban is in effect due to conditions and to conserve fire resource during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The municipality is permitting one untagged bag of garbage per residence. 

Things are changing rapidly. Please follow @PrinceEdwardCounty on Facebook or check here for regular updates. 





Resources for Employers during COVID-19

The County of Prince Edward is taking steps to ease the financial burden on businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including: 

  • Deferring June and September property tax due dates by 90 days to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19.
  • Water bills will arrive in April. Before falling into arrears, call 613.476.2148 ext. 1523 from 9-5 pm, Monday to Friday to discuss options.
  • No tax arrears certificates registered on properties.
  • No water account disconnections.

Government of Canada
Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Response plans, including relief and benefits for Canadians and businesses
Tax deferral
Mortgage default management tools
Financial support from the Business Development Bank of Canada

Government of Ontario
COVID-19 information and resources
For questions about the emergency order affecting non-essential businesses, contact 1-888-444-3659 or read more here.

Online forms and resources
Financial relief forms

Workplace Safety & Prevention Awareness
Pandemic Awareness

Local Resources

Help shape the municipal response to the economic impact of COVID-19. Take the PEC Chamber of Commerce Business Impact Survey:
PEC Chamber of Commerce Resources




Resources for Employees

Programs and benefits are changing daily, often being announced without details for who is eligible or how to apply. Be sure to check the federal and provincial websites on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information.

Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

How to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a guide from the Globe & Mail.  

Here is a plain language guide, including Frequently Asked Questions, about what's available, contact information and links to forms as they become available. The guide was developed by and is updated often by Jennifer Robson, Association Professor of Political Management at Carleton University.




Donate to The County Foundation's COVID-19 Fund

The County Foundation is aiming to raise $100,000 in support of local food banks and other food initiatives to help weather the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Donate here.




Join the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce + Experience Picton for an Open Forum for Business for a discussion on the impacts to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. An opportunity to connect with your fellow business owners to discuss issues and strategies in this challenging time.

This first session will be used to determine future discussion topics and will include a Q&A period with Sarah (Manager, Picton BIA) and Lesley (Executive Director, Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce) to address your concerns.

Tuesday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Join By Phone
1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 808 033 673




Presented by the Small Business Centre and Trenval. Topics include:

  • Planning for expense control
  • Capital funding options to reduce stress
  • How to pivot your marketing message and product/service options
  • Avenues to leverage for building momentum and accelerating cash flow

This webinar is presented by Karen Brinklow she is a private business mentor, entrepreneur, best selling author and experienced educator. Register here
 is a new, one-stop shop for supporting local Prince Edward County businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Spearheaded by the Picton Business Improvement Area and created by volunteer Dale Mugford of Bloomfield-based Yeeboo Digital, the site has expanded into a County-wide listing with information on how residents can continue to support commerce during the shutdown of non-essential businesses. Read more here.






Now, more than ever, we want to help you stay informed. Follow our tourism industry channels on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with the latest resources, information, webinars, surveys and more. 




What's on this month? While would-be visitors have to admire The County from afar, there are still lots of ways to explore County makers and support County favourites. Local writer George Amaro gives a rundown of how to enjoy The County - from the comfort of your own home. Read more here.




Energy prices adjusted during COVID-19

Starting March 24, 2020, residential and small business customers on time-of-use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed. This means that TOU customers will be paying the off-peak price throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place.

This applies automatically – no customer action is required. Some customers may receive a bill before their utility or unit sub-meter provider is able to implement the price change, in which case they will receive a credit on the following bill.

For more information, read the news release at






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