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Department of Community Services, Programs, and Initiatives Newsletter

April 9, 2020

 

 

 

Municipal Updates

COVID-19 Assessment Centre
The Prince Edward Family Health Team, Quinte Health Care, and the County of Prince Edward opened the doors of the Prince Edward COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The Assessment Centre operates​ by appointment only​, as an outdoor drive-through facility. For safety reasons, unscheduled appointments are strictly prohibited. Not every patient who is seen at the assessment centre will be tested. Residents wondering if they should be assessed are advised to call their family physician, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613-966-5500, or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Read more here.

By-law enforcement of physical distancing
Municipal by-law is enforcing the provincial-wide emergency order closing all outdoor recreational amenities, including playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, benches, skateboard parks, picnic areas, and beaches. Violators can face fines of $750; failing to provide your name is considered obstruction and carries a fine of $1,000.

Boat launches remain open, provided users remain in their vehicle while waiting to launch, practice physical distancing and avoid congregating. The County is monitoring to ensure compliance.

Green spaces that you can walk through such as trails, shoreline, and boardwalk areas remain open for walkthrough access provided that individuals maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Read more here.

By-law enforcement of closure of non-essential businesses
Municipal by-law is enforcing the provincial-wide emergency order closing non-essential businesses, including short-term accommodations. STA rental bookings after April 4, 2020 are only allowed if they are provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period. STA operators must email stalicences@pecounty.on.ca and notify the municipality if they are operating their accommodations in a way that conforms to the provincial order. Offering an STA to individuals in need is entirely voluntary and operators are under no obligation to do so. All other use of an STA is prohibited until the provincial order is lifted.

In addition, the province ordered the closure of seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds. The provincial government recognizes that some parks and campgrounds might have opened early to accommodate returning “snowbirds.” For Ontarians whose only Canadian residence is at one of these seasonal trailer parks or campgrounds, they are permitted to continue their occupancy and complete their mandatory self-isolation as required by the federal government. People who fall into the above category must notify The County at bylaw@pecounty.on.ca

If you believe an accommodation provider or park/campground operator is violating the provincial order, call 613.476.2148 extension 1023 or email info@pecounty.on.caRead more here.

Emergency child care for essential workers
Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Social Services (PELASS) has been authorized by the Province of Ontario to provide emergency child care for children of health-care providers and essential workers.The service is provided at no cost to families, funded by the Province of Ontario, for children from birth to age 12. Services will operate from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Friday. If there is a need to extend hours or provide services on Saturday and Sunday this will be explored based on need and demand. For more information and to apply, please visit www.lennox-addington.on.ca/covid-19/emergency-child-care. You may also contact PELASS Children’s Services directly at 613.354.0957 extension 2402 or email at childcare@lennox-addington.on.ca.

Visitor Restrictions
H.J. McFarland Memorial Home remains closed to all but essential visitors who wish to see palliative residents and pass the active screening. 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.

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

 

 

Mayor Steve Ferguson discusses revisions to the essential workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricts access to short-term accommodations, seasonal trailer parks, and recreational campgrounds.

 

 

 

Twelve sandbag depots have been set up across the municipality, including: 

• 15 Coleman Street, Ameliasburgh
• BayBridge Jeans, 5567 Highway 62, Rossmore
• Hiscock Shores cul-de-sac, Ameliasburgh
• Sunrise Drive cul-de-sac, Ameliasburgh
• 75 County Road 1, Sandy Hook Dome
• Waupoos Community Centre, 2699 County Road 8 (North Marysburgh)
• South Marysburgh Fire Hall, 30076 County Road
• 1035 County Road 14, Sophiasburgh
• Mariners Park Museum, County Road 10 and County Road 13, South Shore
• 230 Niles Street, Wellington (old arena)
• Consecon Fire Hall, 14 County Road 29, Consecon
• West Lake Community Church, 1901 County Road 12

Sand and sandbags are available on a self-serve basis. Please bring your own shovel. Physical distancing is in effect and you are asked to maintain a distance of 2 m / 6.5 in. from one another when filling up sandbags.

The County has also compiled a list of flood prevention products and services. Click here to view.

Stay up to date on The County's flood preparedness plans or find resources and tips to prepare for high water levels: http://www.thecounty.ca/county-government/emergency-services/flood-watch/. You can also sign up for flood updates by emailing communications@pecounty.on.ca.

 

 

 

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 to September and November, respectively, 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 payment options. 
  • No tax arrears certificates registered on properties.
  • No water account disconnections.

Community Futures (CFDC) Relief Loans
Community Futures is offering relief loans to support organizations that are being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. New and existing clients can apply for financing until April 30th, 2020. Loans can be used for working capital to support payment of expenses. Payments will be deferred for the first 3 months following funding, and application fees are waived.

• $20,000 - 3.45%; 5 years
• $15,000 - 3.45%; 4 years
• $10,000 - 3.45%; 3 years
• $5,000 - 3.45%; 2 years

If your business requires more than $20,000, Community Futures may require more information to support the application. You can apply for a loan by emailing Dominique Jones, Social Finance Specialist or filling an application available at pelacfdc.ca. If you would like help preparing your application, Sandy Abbott, Small Business Counsellor, is available to assist. abbott.agency@sympatico.ca   613 476 4240

COVID-19: A Review of Government Assistance and Tax Related Measures 
Governments are reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic with tax measures and business assistance programs. But what do they mean for businesses? How do you qualify for assistance? Are these programs answering business needs? On Tuesday, April 14 at 11 a.m., join Jim McConnery, CPA, CA, TEP of Welch LLP as he reviews the various federal and provincial programs that provide assistance to businesses to weather the COVID-19 challenges. This City of Ottawa webinar will include a discussion of the criteria applicable to the various measures and related financial and tax planning considerations. Participants must register in advance.
 

Government of Canada

Eligibility requirements for the 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy are poised for expansion. Companies will still need to demonstrate a decline in revenue, but companies may soon be allowed to:

  • Compare their revenue of March, April and May 2020 to (a) that of the same month of 2019, or to (b) an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020.
  • Demonstrate only a 15% gross revenue decline in March (30% for April and May will remain).
  • Choose between cash and accrual accounting to measure the revenue decline

Additionally, the Government is proposing that employers eligible for the CEWS be entitled to receive a 100-per-cent refund for certain employer-paid contributions to Employment Insurance or Canada Pension Plan. This refund would apply to the entire amount of employer-paid contributions in respect of remuneration paid to furloughed employees in a period where the employer is eligible for the CEWS.

Canada Summer Jobs will offer up to 100% wage subsidy and extension of the end date for employment to Feb 28, 2021, including part time work. This and the changes above require approval by Parliament. 

Government of Ontario

WSIB
Online forms and resources
Financial relief forms

Workplace Safety & Prevention Awareness
Pandemic Awareness

 

 

 

 

 

PEC Chamber of Commerce, Picton BIA and The County are teaming up to bring more coordinated resources to the business owners of Prince Edward County during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This includes sector-specific virtual meetings, starting with restaurants and construction. We want to hear from you about impacts, ideas and needed supports. Please register here for restaurants and here for construction.

 

 

 

Resources for Employees


Programs and benefits are changing daily. Be sure to check the federal and provincial websites on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information on eligibility and details on how to apply. 

Workers worried their workplaces are unsafe can phone 1-877-202-0008 to speak with an Ontario Health & Safety Call Centre agent.

How to Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

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.

AgFoodJobs helps match people to essential jobs and training throughout the provincial food supply chain. 

 

 

 

Resources for Parents

While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing.

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs

This funding can help parents with the costs of work books, educational apps, educational subscription services, movies and other tools to support learning at home. Read more here.

Hastings-Prince Edward District  School board providing access to laptops; continues learning services, supports

How to discuss COVID-19 and manage anxiety in children:
https://www.anxietycanada.com/articles/talking-to-kids-about-covid-19/ 

How to discuss COVID-19 and manage anxiety with teens: 
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/teens-coronavirus-1.5522409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Make a mask with elastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kwFaRFHKhY&t=25s
Make a mask with fabric ties: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_-R8Ox3Spw&t=237s

 

 

 

SupportLocalPEC.ca 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. 

 

 

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