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COVID-19

The Belleville Chamber of Commerce is committed to ensuring that Belleville's business community has the resources and information needed during these challenging times.   We will publish information from the City of Belleville, Public Health, Quinte Waste Solutions and other local organizations.   

During this time, although the Log Cabin is closed to the public, our staff are working and available to help you in any way that we can.  Please don't hesitate to contact us at 613.962.4597 or email info@bellevillechamber.ca.

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RESOURCES:  For government updates and resources please see https://bellevillechamber.ca/government-updates.php

DOWNLOAD the Canada Business App, from the federal government.  It is easy to navigate government services, get recommendations tailored to your business, set up personalized notifications and find the answers you need to start up, scale up and access new markets.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has developed an Employer Role is COVID-19 Package for workplaces.  It contains resources on how to keep your workplace safe.  Continue to check for updates at this link.  

Flowchart for Assistance: BDC (March 25)

Interim Guidance for Canadian Businesses: CDC

Business Continuity Plan: BDC

Ministry of Economic Devlopment, Job Creation and Trade asking for feedback from small business to help develop a Small Business Success strategy by conducting consultations online and in person.   READ MORE on the goals of the consultations and how to participate.

WSIB financial relief package for business, allowing reporting and payments to be deferred until August 2020.  Read more  (Mar. 26)

Important Changes to Canada's Postal Service regarding delivery operations and the retail postal network.   Read press release here  (Mar.23)

Employment & Insurance Canada – How to complete a record of employment 
Note to employers for ROE’s
Service Canada Employer Contact Centre now have a pre-recorded message stating the following in regard to ROE’s and Coronavirus:

  • Use Code D (Injury/Illness) if the employee is sick/quarantined – Do not add comments
  • Use Code A if there is a shutdown/shortage of work related to Coronavirus – Do not add comments
  • Use Code E (Quit) or N (LOA) if the employee is not sick or quarantined but is absent due to other Coronavirus concerns
  • Only add comments when absolutely necessary

Employment Insurance:  Benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants.  Find out if you are eligible and read more...

BCC Board Member Christina Wallis from Wallis Law offers guidance regarding employers obligations during the COVID-19 outbreak. READ more...

SURVEYS:

City of Belleville:  Asks that business owners take a few moments to fill out their COVID-19 survey 

Small Business Centre:  Survey on impacted business within the area.  Have you closed your doors and/or laid off employees as a result of COVID-19?  Read more and complete short survey.

Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board: Survey to get a better idea about how businesses are running during the COVID-19 outbreak to see how we can all work together to support Bay of Quinte businesses.  Read more and complete survey

WEBINARS:

Lakehead professor hosting free webinar series:
Surviving and Thriving at Home with Your Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Session Two: Learning at Home is Not like Learning at School
Wednesday, April 1, 1 PM
Session Three: Are We Having Fun Yet? Saying Positive Over the Long Haul
Wednesday, April 8, 1 PM
Please email madoc@contactnorth.ca and indicate which webinar you would like to attend.


BCC Member Peninsula Employment Services is holding  webinars to educate businesses on how best to manage their business during this challenge time. 
Thursday, Mar. 26  6:00 p.m.  (REGISTRATION IS FULL)
Tuesday, Mar. 31  1:00 p.m.
Thursday, Apr. 2   3:00 p.m.
Each webinar is 30 minutes.  READ More and register using registration code BELL001.

How to publish and build profits with content marketing.
Reach customers by offering valuable and engaging information over time.  Join this one-hour FREE webinar by one of the Chamber partners, Constant Contact.  
Thursday, Mar. 26  1 p.m.    Read more and register.

BDC - March 25 12:00 p.m. - How to Cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business  WATCH recording of this webinar.

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Do you need a disinfectant spray?  Trent Valley Distributors has 'Sanispray' available.  Read more and get technical data sheet.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program.  Your business may be experiencing distruptions from the global outbreak.  Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help.  Read more and sign up for updates.

Mental Heath and Well Being:  A pandemic is a very stressful event for individuals and communities. It’s normal to feel some stress and anxiety. It’s also very common for people to display great resiliency during times of crisis.  Canadian Mental Health Association can help.