and Initiatives Newsletter
May 1, 2020
Consultation & Resource Page
The municipality is launching a new online consultation tool with
- 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.
HaveYourSay.TheCounty.ca 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 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.
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
Commitment to Fiscal Restraint
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
MusicTogether 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
SupportLocalPEC.ca 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.
untagged bag of garbage has been extended until June 1.
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.