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Community Services, Programs
and Initiatives Newsletter

May 1, 2020




Municipal Updates

New Online Consultation & Resource Page
The municipality is launching a new online consultation tool with two initiatives:

  • To support public consultation on planning applications once a file comes before The County for municipal review;
  • To provide a resource for County businesses looking to access resources and information for both immediate response and longer-term recovery from COVID-19. offers a variety of engagement tools to keep the public up to date about municipal projects and initiatives. It also allows the public to provide input on those projects in a controlled and moderated environment. Some of the key features of the platform include forums, surveys, Q&A opportunities for staff to respond publicly, a space for the public to collaborate and generate ideas, and real-time polling to get public opinion on matters. These engagement tools are moderated to encourage productive conversations. Visit HaveYourSay here.

Mayor's Economic Recovery Team
Mayor Steve Ferguson has established an economic recovery team that will help identify needs, assist in the flow of communication, and better equip the municipality to respond to challenges with programs and activities that leverage support offered at the federal, provincial and regional levels. The team includes Councillors Mike Harper, Phil St-Jean, Jamie Forrester and Bill Roberts; Adam Busscher, Construction Sector; Alexandra Bake, Retail Sector; Rick Szabo, Hospitality Sector; Krista Dalby, Arts Sector; Sandy Latchford, Professional/Not for Profit Sector; Samantha Parsons, Value Added Agriculture/Manufacturing Sector; Nora Rogers, Accommodations Sector; Phil Prinzen, Agriculture Sector; Lesley Lavender, Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce and Sarah Doiron, Picton Business Improvement Association. Read more here.

Protocols shared for safe operation of Community Gardens 
Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health has released COVID-19 Safe Operating Requirements for Community Gardens, which outlines how these important sources of fresh and healthy food can be accessed as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more information here.

Municipal Closures Extended to July 31
The County of Prince Edward will keep all recreation facilities including the Crystal Palace, arenas, museums, and town halls closed to the public until at least Friday, July 31 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The closures will mean the cancellation of some beloved events, such as Canada Day festivities and the Women’s Institute’s craft show. Mayor Ferguson is calling on private venue operators and event organizers to follow the municipality’s lead. Read more here.

Garage/Yard Sales Prohibited
Council today enacted a by-law to temporarily ban garage sales or yard sales, as a way of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and encouraging physical distancing. The ban will be in place until the municipal declaration of emergency is lifted. Residents who need to sell or give away items are encouraged to create ‘online garage sales’ through platforms like Kijiji and Facebook MarketPlace and coordinate contactless sales and pick-ups. Read more here.

Full Burn Ban Remains in Effect
A total burn ban remains in effect, due to conditions and in an effort to conserve emergency resources during COVID-19 and the onset of flooding season. A total burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including brushfire, campfires, and burn barrels. 

Commitment to Fiscal Restraint during COVID-19
The municipality remains committed to delivering all essential services to residents and businesses during the pandemic outbreak. The municipality will experience cash flow constraints as a result of offering the option to defer tax and utility bills without interest or penalties, as well as forgoing revenue with all recreation facilities, arenas, and parks, as well as facing higher costs associated with responding to the crisis. Read more here.

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



Resources for Employers during COVID-19

The Province of Ontario is planning to re-open the economy, and recently unveiled a framework that outlines the method and principles that will be used to reopen businesses, services and public spaces to responsibly lead Ontario’s economy back to a strong position. Read more here.

Sector-specific protocols are being developed by the Province to help guide employers as they prepare to re-open. Find preliminary safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 here. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services has also developed this Pandemic Recovery Return-to-Work Checklist. Read it here.

Request temporary rules, regulations or policy change
To help remove obstacles and streamline Ontario’s ability to respond to the outbreak and navigate through it, several temporary rules and regulations have been put in place. To support ongoing work during COVID-19, the Province is allowing businesses and individuals to request a temporary regulation or policy change to help:

  • assist the health care system meet the needs of needs of the emergency
  • assist businesses in retooling or producing essential or health-related products and supplies
  • make it easier for businesses trying to operate remotely or in a non-traditional fashion and are facing unexpected challenges. Submit a request here.

Commercial Rent Relief
The Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To receive the loan, property owners will be required to reduce the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent and commit to a moratorium on evictions for three months. It is expected that the program will be operational by mid-May. Learn more here.

Ask an Accountant: Applying for COVID-19 Government Funding
Wed, May 6, 2020 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Register here.
This City of Toronto webinar will provide a brief overview on applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers, and the Work-Sharing Program, as well as provide general business support.

Value-Add Agriculture
The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products. Eligible organizations and businesses can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to establish an online e-business and marketing presence. Eligible organizations, businesses and collaborations can also apply for cost-share funding of up to $75,000 to implement high-impact projects. Learn more here.








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. We want to hear from you about impacts, ideas and needed supports. Please register here for Not for Profit on May 5 and register here for Arts & Entertainment on May 7.




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. 

CERB Benefits Expanded
Part-time and seasonal workers are now eligible to claim the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and new money is coming for front-line workers, it was announced Wednesday. 

Workers who are earning less than $1,000 a month, such as contract or "gig economy" workers, or individuals with seasonal employment who are jobless due to COVID-19, as well as those who are running out of employment insurance, can now apply to the CERB. Read more here.

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.




is organizing a living room concert series to support Ontario artists. It supports working Ontario musicians during the COVID-19 crisis with direct funding, new opportunities for fan discovery, and e-commerce tools. Apply to perform here.

Digital Originals
The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada are teaming up to launch Digital Originals, a new fast forward initiative to help artists, arts groups and organizations pivot their work for online sharing. The Digital Originals initiative supports and amplifies this new, strong and innovative online relationship between audiences and artists from Canada. Learn more here.

Set up your Etsy shop 
Thurs, May 7 | 10-noon | Register here
Been thinking about selling your handmade, vintage, custom or unique gifts online? Now is your chance to get an inside look at how to build your Etsy shop from e-commerce specialist Dionne Baker of ShopBoss Secrets. In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn the basics of getting started on Etsy.




Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources for Canadians coping with isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Tools include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. 



WOSEN Resilience is a 16-week online program through which women and non-binary folks who lead existing organizations with a positive social or environmental impact can gain access to structured programming, a community of peers, subject matter experts, coaches and social enterprise support organizations to help navigate response and recovery to the COVID-19 crisis. Program themes include: Leading through Uncertainty, Pivoting on Purpose, Leveraging Technology, and Financial Management/Access to COVID-19 financial support. The program runs from May 11-July 17, including a week of up-front onboarding (May 11-15) before official programming begins on May 19. Applicants will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and are due on May 8, 2020. Apply here. Questions about the Resilience Program can be directed to Ashley Wang




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.
 is a 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. 

Curious what's on the menu at County restaurants doing takeout during COVID-19? Follow @VisitTheCounty, where a round-up of menus shared via social media are saved to our stories every Friday. 




One untagged bag of garbage has been extended until June 1. 




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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