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Our COVID-19 Response, known as #BrantWorksTogether, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide valuable support to our local businesses and industry as much as possible given the current circumstances.

We want to ensure that our partners receive:

  • The latest information from the various levels of government.

  • Access to funding.

We are committed to doing all we can to mitigate the effects of this unprecedented situation. We want to ensure that the County of Brant is positioned for the best results possible. For the latest information from all County of Brant Departments, visit www.brant.ca/news and subscribe to get notified when news releases are published.

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County of Brant Economic Development Team

Please use the directory below to contact the most appropriate member of our team directly.
If not available immediately, staff will return your email within 1 business day. 


Russell Press
Director, Economic Development and Tourism
E-mail:Russell.Press@brant.ca

Zach Gable
Senior Economic Development Officer
E-mail:Zach.Gable@brant.ca

Brandon Webb
Research and Marketing Economic Development Officer
E-mail:Brandon.Webb@brant.ca

Lisa Henrique
Special Events and Filming Coordinator
E-mail: Lisa.Henrique@brant.ca

Donna Clements
Tourism Coordinator
E-mail:Donna.Clements@brant.ca

Carol Moore
Arts, Culture and Heritage Officer
E-mail:Carol.Moore@brant.ca

Delia Reiche
Development Liaison
E-mail:Delia.Reiche@brant.ca

Heather Madden
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
E-mail:heather.madden@brant.ca

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Local Businesses Giving Back
During this unprecedented time, we want to share local businesses who are innovating and/or giving back to our local community. 

Pies and Tarts From the Heart 

Offering free coffee to front line workers, and offering food and a place to rest for waste management staff and truck drivers 

Stubbe's Precast 

Stubbe's Precast donated hand sanitizer to supply Norwich Fire Service's 4 fire stations 

Little Paris Bread Co. 

On Friday, March 27, The Little Paris Bread Co. will have a shelf full of sourdough bread for those who need it in the community.  

 That Dam Restaurant Group 
Story Published in the Brantford Expositor March 18th, 2020

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The owners of a group of Paris restaurants are stepping up to the plate to ensure the elderly and other vulnerable people are taken care of during the coronavirus crisis. 

Matt and Karly Cummings and their partner, Chef Will Thompson, are offering free food to people who desperately need it. Specifically, they are looking to help out seniors and those who, for whatever reasons, are vulnerable.

“Paris and the surrounding area has wrapped its arms around us and our families for the last 12 years since we opened our first restaurant in 2008,” said Matt Cummings of That Dam Restaurant Group. “Now we have four restaurants and as responsible members of the community we want to give back to those less fortunate.

“Business owners should not only give back to their community when its convenient for them. Sometimes you need to help even when you’re suffering too.

”Those in need of food can reach Cummings by e-mail at stillwatersmatt@gmail.com. Cummings said he can’t promise he’ll be able to answer every request but added that he will do his best to respond to all e-mails.

That Dam Restaurant Group own and operate Cobblestone Public House, Stillwaters, Midtown Kitchen and Coffee and Trattoria Italian Restaurant. Stillwaters, which opened in 2013, Trattoria, which opened last year, and Midtown, which opened in 2018, are closed because of the coronavirus and the state of emergency declared by the province on Tuesday.

By provincial order all restaurants and bars in Ontario are closed except those that offer takeout and delivery service.

Cobblestone, which opened in 2008, remains open for paid take out service only.

The only thing Cummings wants from the community in return for providing free food to the vulnerable and elderly is better behaviour on social media.

“What I’m seeing is terrible,” Cummings said. “The way we speak to each other on social media is tragic.“I’m calling on all of us to stop writing terrible things on local businesses social media pages.

”Cummings is calling on everyone to return to their basics.

“Prioritize our family, our health and our freedom,” Cummings said. “The rest doesn’t matter.

“This situation is teaching us what’s really important.”

Floss Fit Dental Hygiene 
Floss Fit Dental Hygiene donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local paramedics. This includes Masks, Gloves, and Protective Gowns. 
Slaman Greenhouses
Slaman Greenhouses in Burford donated flowers to the Hardy Terrace long-term care home in Mount Pleasant where residents are currently under lockdown. 
Devlin's Country Bistro

Full Facebook post available here  

 

Devlin's is offering comfort food in exchange for donations to various community members. Devlin's has donated $314 to the Norfolk General Hospital. As well, Devlin's has been contributing a portion of their sales to their staff that has been laid off. 

Paul Cheney - Artist
Paul Cheney at Paris Bohemian Gallery is offering 50% off his entire collection if you show a receipt from another local business.

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The information below is a list of businesses who are offering services that incorporate physical distancing. The County of Brant Economic Development Team reminds everyone to shop local, but please remember to practice physical distancing. If you are a business looking to share your offerings and good news stories happening in Brant Click Here 

 Restaurants 
 Non-Retail Small Business 
 Retail Small Business
Agriculture and Food Sector
Grocery and Pharmacy 
  • Foodland Burford - Shopping available with physical distancing incorporated. 
  • St. George Foodtown (St. George, ON) - Shopping available with physical distancing incorporated. 
  • No Frills (Paris, ON) - Offering early shopping hours to seniors from 7am to 8am Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  • Northville Pharmacy (Paris, ON) - Offering delivery of prescriptions. 
  • Rest Acres Pharmacy (Paris, ON) - Offering delivery of prescriptions. 
  • Rexall (Paris, ON) - Offering early shopping hours for seniors 9am to 10am Monday to Saturday. 
  • Sobeys (Paris, ON) - Offering early shoppig hours for seniors 7am to 8am on Fridays. 
  • The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy (St. George, ON) - Offering delivery of prescriptions.
  • Pharmasave (Burford, ON) - Offering shopping while encorporating physical distancing. 
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 Online Events 

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Ontario Extends Business Closures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 

TORONTO — Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. Teleworking, online commerce and other innovative ways of working remotely are permitted at all times and are strongly encouraged for all businesses. All supply chains necessary for the production of vital food and healthcare supplies are being protected and remain intact.

The updated essential businesses list can be found here.

"We are facing a critical moment in the fight against COVID-19 and we must do everything in our power to keep everyone safe and healthy and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed," said Premier Ford. "Everyone must do their part to stop the spread and flatten the curve. If you are not an essential business, you need to close your doors, work from home if possible and play a role to help contain this outbreak. This is a matter of life and death."

As a temporary measure the Ontario government has revised the list of essential businesses. The updated list will direct additional businesses to close and restricts specified businesses to providing services by alternate methods such as curb side pick up and delivery, except in exceptional circumstances. This includes stores that sell hardware products, vehicle parts and supplies, pet and animal supplies, office supplies and computer products and repairs and safety supplies.

"We have now reached a critical time in our fight against COVID-19." said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health "Every step taken by the province and every effort made by each of us to avoid close contact with others are the key to our success as a province to stop the spread of this virus."

Only critical construction projects will continue, including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. New starts in residential projects will stop, while residential construction that is near completion will continue. Business-owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:30 a.m.― 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m.— 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 "We recognize the toll this outbreak is taking on business owners and workers," said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "Ontario businesses are top of mind during this unprecedented time. We know that the only way to ensure the health of our businesses and our economy is to ensure the health of all Ontarians."

The government is implementing additional measures to protect frontline workers in essential businesses by adding more than 60 special consultants and officers and doubling the number of phone agents at its Health and Safety Call Centre to 50 to make it easier for workers to report safety concerns. Workers worried their workplaces are unsafe can phone 1-877-202-0008 to speak with an agent.

"If you're a worker on the frontlines of this outbreak, you should know we're doing everything in our power to keep you safe at work," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "We're beefing up our inspectors and making it easier for you to report your concerns. We're working around the clock."

Quick Facts

  • Everyone in Ontario should stay home unless absolutely necessary and practice physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people. Avoid close contact (within 2 metres) with people outside of your immediate families.
  • If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.
  • Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health: wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer; sneeze and cough into your sleeve; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home if you are sick.

Additional Resources

Prime Minister Announces Support For Small Business  - March 27, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his address this morning announced a major investment into small businesses, including an increase in wage subsidies for small businesses and The Canada Emergency Business Account, a $40,000 loan that will soon be available.

 

To hear PM Trudeau announce this, please watch the video attached (8:20 - 13:00)

 

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

Federal Government Press Release - https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/27/prime-minister-announces-support-small-businesses-facing-impacts?fbclid=IwAR1uD8TtQ4PRUda6d_R7yrMm4yyceotnbKjQy4pZ2837VHBM12hyjIKd58Y 

 

Updated: Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses - March 26, 2020

TORONTO - The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19. The measure, which will run through the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), will see premium payments deferred for six months for all businesses in the province.

"During this unprecedented period of uncertainty and hardship, our government is doing everything possible to support businesses and protect jobs," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "By making this change today, we are building upon the substantial financial help we are providing business owners and workers. The top priority is to keep people safe."

All employers covered by the WSIB's workplace insurance are automatically eligible for the provisions of the relief package and can defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020. They will not be required to opt in to receive this benefit.

Additionally, the WSIB will cease interest accrual on all outstanding premium payments. They will not charge penalties during this six-month deferral period. There will be no negative consequences for businesses who defer premium reporting and payments. The WSIB will continue to fully cover workers at eligible workplaces.

"We have worked closely with the Government of Ontario to help Ontario businesses as they face this unprecedented challenge," said Elizabeth Witmer, Chair of the WSIB. "We're here to help."

The relief program is part of a $17 billion package included in Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.

The government's action plan will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.

Additionally, through the WSIB, the government reduced costs to employers by a new rate framework and the elimination of the unfunded liability charge, putting more than $2 billion back into the economy.

"Our government is working day and night to provide Ontarians with certainty and support during this difficult time. This Relief Package being implemented by the WSIB will help sustain businesses, protect our economy and save jobs," said Minister McNaughton.

The new measure builds on the government's previous actions to support business and protect jobs.

 

Quick Facts

  • The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board covers over five million people in more than 300,000 workplaces across Ontario.
  • Businesses are not required to inform the WSIB that they will be taking advantage of this financial relief package.
  • The deferred premiums will amount to an average $1,760 for approximately 275,000 Ontario businesses.

Additional Resources

 

Ontario Launches Action Plan to Address COVID-19 - March 25, 2020

TORONTO — Today, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update).

The government's action plan is a first step in its response to COVID-19 and includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs. It also will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.

This $17 billion response is a critical first step to ensure our health care system, communities and economy are positioned to weather the challenges ahead. The plan includes historic levels of prudence, including a dedicated $1 billion COVID-19 contingency fund, as part of the additional health care investments, as well as an unprecedented $2.5 billion reserve and an increased contingency fund of $1.3 billion to provide continued flexibility to respond to changing global circumstances.

The plan includes $3.3 billion in additional health care resources to protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario.

"As Finance Minister, my number one priority right now is ensuring that our front-line health care professionals have the resources they need to fight the COVID-19 outbreak," said Minister Phillips. "The people of Ontario can have confidence that we will do whatever it takes to protect their health and well-being. These additional resources will enhance hospital capacity, protect our loved ones in long-term care, and support our public health officials' work to flatten the curve and slow the spread."

Health

  • Committing to a dedicated $1.0 billion COVID-19 contingency fund for emerging needs related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Investing $935 million for the hospital sector, including $594 million to accelerate progress on the government's commitment to address capacity issues, as well as $341 million for an additional 1,000 acute care and 500 critical care beds and additional assessment centres.
  • Increasing public health funding by $160 million to support COVID-19 monitoring, surveillance, and laboratory and home testing, while also investing in virtual care and Telehealth Ontario.
  • Investing $243 million for surge capacity in the long-term care sector, as well as funding for 24/7 screening, more staffing to support infection control, and supplies and equipment to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Investing $75 million to supply personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies to front-line staff to tackle COVID-19.

As part of the action plan, the Province also announced $3.7 billion to directly and urgently support people and to protect jobs.

"During this global pandemic, I want the people of Ontario to be focused on their health — not worrying about losing their job or how to make ends meet as they deal with unexpected additional expenses," said Minister Phillips. "We are helping make life a little more manageable for every person in Ontario, while providing additional support to those who need it the most."

Key initiatives in the government's plan to strengthen its response to the COVID-19 outbreak and support people, families, workers and employers include:

People and Jobs

  • Helping families pay for the extra costs associated with school and daycare closures during the COVID-19 outbreak by providing a one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs, including children enrolled in private schools.
  • Proposing to double the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payment for low-income seniors for six months.
  • Supporting more affordable electricity bills for eligible residential, farm and small business consumers, by providing approximately $5.6 billion for electricity cost relief programs in 2020-21, which is an increase of approximately $1.5 billion compared to the 2019 Budget plan.
  • Further supporting more affordable electricity bills by setting electricity prices for residential, farm and small business time-of-use customers at the lowest rate, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day for 45 days to support ratepayers in their increased daytime electricity usage as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, addressing concerns about time-of-use metering.
  • Cutting taxes by $355 million for about 57,000 employers through a proposed temporary increase to the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption.
  • Providing $9 million in direct support to families for their energy bills by expanding eligibility for the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) and ensuring that their electricity and natural gas services are not disconnected for nonpayment during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Providing emergency child care options to support parents working on the front lines, such as health care workers, police officers, firefighters and correctional officers.
  • Expanding access to the emergency assistance program administered by Ontario Works to provide financial support to people facing economic hardship and help more people meet basic needs such as food and rent during this public health emergency.
  • Enhancing funding by $148 million for charitable and non-profit social services organizations such as food banks, homeless shelters, churches and emergency services to improve their ability to respond to COVID-19, by providing funding directly to Consolidated Municipal Service Managers and District Social Service Administration Boards who would allocate this funding based on local needs.
  • Providing six months of Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loan and interest accrual relief for students, leaving more money in people's pockets.
  • Helping to support regions lagging in employment growth with a proposed new Corporate Income Tax Credit, the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit.
  • Providing additional supports of $26 million to Indigenous peoples and communities, including emergency assistance for urban Indigenous people in financial need, and costs for health care professionals and critical supplies to reach remote First Nations.

The government's plan also includes measures that will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flows over the coming months, including:

  • Making available $6 billion by providing five months of interest and penalty relief for businesses to file and make payments for the majority of provincially administered taxes.
  • Over $1.8 billion by deferring the upcoming June 30 quarterly municipal remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, which will provide municipalities the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals to residents and businesses, while ensuring school boards continue to receive their funding.
  • Making available $1.9 billion by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) allowing employers to defer payments for up to six months.

"We're taking responsible steps to lessen the burden for businesses and people," said Minister Phillips. "Together, these actions can free up as much as $10 billion in cash flows for businesses and people in these uncertain times, helping protect jobs and household budgets."

Quick Facts

  • The March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update provides planning assumptions for the year ahead. The government will provide regular updates of the Province’s fiscal and economic outlook throughout the year.
  • The Province is projecting a deficit of $9.2 billion in 2019–20, an improvement of $1.1 billion relative to the 2019 Budget. As a result of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the government is planning for a deficit of $20.5 billion in 2020–21.
  • Ontario’s $2.5 billion reserve in 2020–21 is the highest ever in history.
  • The government will release a multi-year provincial Budget by November 15, 2020. This responsible approach will allow the government to continue assessing the economic situation and put forward a long-term outlook based on the most recent and reliable data.

Additional Resources

Ontario Launches Business Information Line to "Stop the Spread" - March 25, 2020
Full press release available here

 

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. 
OPP Tips for Businesses Closing Due to COVID-19 - March 24, 2020

(OPP WRHQ) - The Province has ordered the two-week closure of businesses deemed "non-essential" or "at-risk" as of midnight tonight. OPP West Region has some tips for business owners impacted by the closures, in an effort to ensure your property is less attractive to thieves.

 

  • Remove all valuables from storefront displays
  • Remove all cash from til ls and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty
  • Ensure alarm systems are working and all contact lists are up-to-date
  • Post on doors/windows that the premises are monitored by an alarm company and that no money is kept on the premises. Include the 1-888-310-1122 number to call the OPP should anyone notice a break-in or damage
  • Clean all windows and floors prior to leaving and note when you've done so (have a log) as this will help investigators should there be a break-in
  • Consider a surveillance system which can be monitored remotely by phone/online
  • Consider putting a laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent e asy entry
  • Keep some lighting on inside to help with video surveillance and consider lighting on timers if possible
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure
  • Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on - consider motion sensor lights as another option
  • Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials)
  • Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (have a log) but go at different times
  • Like your home, if it looks cared for and looks like someone is home or around reg ularly, thieves will move on to other locations

 

Our OPP West Region members want the public to do its part to help keep local homes and businesses safe during the outbreak. If you see suspicious activity around a business that you know is closed, or at homes where people aren't around, call OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If it's not a crime in progress, you can also make a report online at https://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=132.

 Ontario Government Announces List of Essential Businesses - March 23, 2020
The Ontario Government has announced a list of essential businesses that will remain open. View the full list.
 Ontario Energy Board - COVID-19 Update

 For consumers:

  • Time-of-use pricing. We’ve received many requests about lowering electricity prices during this unprecedented time. The Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines is looking at programs and policies to support electricity customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect that information will be made available in the coming days.
  • Electricity disconnection ban extended. On March 19, 2020, the OEB extended the winter ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment for all residential customers to July 31, 2020. Low-volume, small business customers will now also be protected by the ban. In addition, the OEB is calling on distributors to be more flexible on arrears payment arrangements.
  • Low-income programs. There are programs available to help low-income consumers. Find out more at oeb.ca/billhelp
  • Contact us
    • Our call centre remains open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • Within the Greater Toronto Area or from outside Ontario: 416.314.2455, or 1.877.632.2727 (toll-free within Ontario). 
    • By TTY, 1.844.621.9977 (toll-free within Ontario). 
    • We currently have fewer staff in the call centre, so consumers may experience longer wait times. We ask for your patience.
    • We can also be reached by email: ConsumerRelations@oeb.ca and chat. Start a chat now.

For industry:

  • Our Industry Relations enquiries system remains operational. 
    Send an email to IndustryRelations@oeb.caLearn more about what information you should provide to allow us to respond more quickly. As we’re working remotely, our responses may take a little longer. Thank you for your understanding.
  • We have temporarily waived the requirement to submit hard copies with each electronic filing in regulatory proceedings. We ask those who are engaged in active OEB proceedings to continue submitting electronic copies of documents through the online portal, RESS (Regulatory Electronic Submission System), or if you are unable to use the portal, by email at BoardSec@oeb.ca. This is in effect until further notice.
  • Licensees and gas distributors are normally required to complete their annual Reporting and Record-Keeping Requirements (RRR) filings by April 30, 2020. We have extended the filing deadline for annual RRR filings to June 1, 2020, recognizing that many licensees and gas distributors are dealing with important customer service and staffing matters related to COVID-19. This date will be reassessed should it be warranted by events related to the pandemic.
  • We have made a number of operational changes regarding the scheduling or format of events in ongoing proceedings and consultations, and those remain in effect. To learn more, see our March 12, 2020 letter to all regulated entities and other interested parties.
  • General enquiries about regulatory proceedings, case filings and submissions, as well as specific enquiries on any upcoming application filing deadlines, can be sent to: Registrar@oeb.ca.
  • Parties should contact the OEB staff lead for a given matter if they have any specific questions about currently scheduled deadlines on applications currently before the OEB.

We will update this information as needed if our protocols change as a result of evolving public health guidelines.


Business Icons Business Resources

ArrowFinancial Response Specific to Business and Industry

 Federal Financial Response 

BDC - Support for Entrepreneurs Impacted by the Coronavirus 

Export Development Canada - Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 

Farm Credit Canada - COVID-19 Resources 

Canadian Department of Finance - Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 

 Provincial Financial Response 
 Ontario Government Announces COVID-19 Action Plan - $17B Budget Update Announced
 Local Financial Response 

HydroOne - Pandemic Relief Fund 

Enterprise Brant - Apply for a Loans 

County of Brant - Tax Payment Update  

Enterprise Brant - Emergency Loan Relief 

Private Sector Financial Response 
Canada's financial institutions have committed to assisting impacted clients. Contact your financial institution to discuss potential options. - Read More 

ArrowGovernment General Resources for Business and Industry 

 Federal Resources 

Canadian Trade Commissioner - Resources for Canadian Businesses 

BDC - Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs 

Employment and Social Development Canada - COVID-19  

Canada Business App - Download Link 

Employment and Social Development - How to complete the Record of Employment Form  Canada's Regional Development Agencies 

Feddev Ontario - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 

Canada Revenue Agency - COVID-19: Changes to Canadian taxes and benefits 

Provincial Resources  

Ontario Government - Together Help Fight Coronavirus 

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade - COVID-19 - Provincial Government Support for Businesses  

Business Information Line - 1-888-444-3659 

Extended Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products and Services

 Local Resources 

County of Brant - COVID-19 Resource Page   

South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation 

Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce 

Paris and District Chamber of Commerce 

Business Resource Centre 

ArrowSector Specific Resources Specific for Business and Industry  

Industrial Resources 

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium Canada - COVID-19 Information 

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters - COVID-19 Resources  

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada - Help Canadian Manufacturers Meet Critical Shortages in the Fight Against COVID-19 

Food and Consumer Products of Canada - COVID-19 Operations Best Practices for Industry 

Commercial Resources 

Retail Council of Canada - Coronavirus Resources   

Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses - Ontario: COVID-19 relief measures for your business

Small Business Resources 

Canadian Federation of Independent Business - Small Business Resources Dealing With COVID-19  

Ontario Business Improvement Area Association 

County of Brant Digital Main Street Team 

Digital Main Street Online Learning Sessions  

COVID-19 and the Canadian Non-Profit Sector

Agriculture Resources 

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council - Information and Updates COVID-19  

Canadian Federation of Agriculture - Resources on COVID-19 

World Organization for Animal Health - Q&A on 2019 Coronavirus 

Ontario Federation of Agriculture - Resources to help your farm business during COVID-19 

Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers Regarding COVID-19 

Filming Resources 
Ontario Creates - COVID-19 Response Plan - Information for Industry Stakeholders
Tourism Resources 

Tourism Industry of Canada - Impact on Tourism 

Destination Canada - Updates on the COVID-19 Situation 

The Heart of Ontario (RTO3) 

Special Events Resources  
Festivals and Events Ontario - COVID-19 Resource Centre 

Coronavirus Response for the Live Performance Sector

Group Tour Resources 
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario - COVID-19 Updates 

Travel Industry Council of Ontario - COVID-19 Registrar Update 

Outdoor Leisure Tourism Resources  
Ontario by Bike

Paddle Canada

Sport Tourism Resources 

Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance 

Adrenalin Magazine - COVID-19 Resource Centre 

Arts, Culture and Heritage Resources 

Ontario Museum Association - https://members.museumsontario.ca/resources/tools-for-museum-practice/COVID19 

Ontario Arts Council - COVID-19 - OAC Activity Updates 

Canadian Independent Music Association - COVID-19 Information & Resources for Canada's Music Industry 

Information for Canadian Heritage Grants and Contributions Recipients Related to COVID-19  

The National Trust's Regeneration Works 

 

Restaurant and Dining Resources 

 Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association - COVID-19 Resources 

Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): CFIA information for industry 

Alcohol and Gaming Comission of Ontario - Info Bulletin No. 61: Liquor sales licensees may now sell liquor for takeout or delivery along with food 

Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Guidance for Industry Operators  

Infastructure Health & Saftey Association - COVID-19 Update 

Business Continuity Resources 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Pandemic Preparedness 

Ontario Chamber of Commerce - Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses 

Zoom Video Conferencing 

Skype Video Conferencing  

Development Icon Development Services Business Continuity 

 Building Permit Applications

Please send Building Permit Applications to building@brant.ca

If you have questions in regards to your applications or any general questions, they can be directed to Jill Bouchard at 519.442.6324 ext. 3025 or jill.bouchard@brant.ca

Building Inspections

As of Monday, March 23, the County of Brant’s Building Inspectors will be migrating to virtual building inspections. Depending on the project, you may have an inspector on-site or communicating with you through phone, Facetime, pictures or a PEng report if necessary. This will be a slow transition and we will continue to work with the developers as required.


We are attempting to set up our services for this changing situation to keep the development industry moving forward. Please continue to book inspections by calling 519.442.4677 by 3:00 pm the day prior or by emailing buildinginsp@brant.ca as per normal practice.

 Planning Applications 

Please send Planning Applications to planning@brant.ca 

If you have questions in regards to your applications or any general questions, they can be directed to Jennifer Mayhew at 519.442.6324 ext. 3003 or jennifer.mayhew@brant.ca

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