The safety and well-being of our members and community are of the utmost importance to us. We will communicate updates to our members through email, social media posts, and updates on our website.
- Provincial Announcement and Listing of Essential Workplaces
- 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. Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.
- Government of Canada Enacts Bill-C13 – the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act
- See Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
- Government-Announced-Support March-18-2020
- The Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Hicks Morley have created a COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit to support Ontario businesses.
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness for Business
- Covid-19 Economic Measures for SMEs a direct response to the feedback Chambers have shared with the government on behalf of our members
Prince Edward County Covid-19 Business Impact Response Form
Please use this form to share individual concerns, ideas, and requests of the government (local, provincial and federal) to help our community continue to be resilient and grow moving forward. Click here to take survey
For Prince Edward County Information and Resources:
- Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce Message to Members: March 16, 2020 Re: Covid-19
- Open Source Directory for County businesses – please add your information of how customers can access you during this time.
- 5 Ways to Retain Your Customers During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Keeping Travel Websites Relevant in 2020: Dos, Don’ts, and Creative Inspiration
- Update on short-term accommodation, building, and fire inspections in response to COVID-19
- Updates from The County Municipal site
- NOTICE: Council enacts temporary special measures to facilitate COVID-19 response
- County Business: 3 Key Considerations
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19:
- The Ontario Ministry of Health website contains information on the COVID-19 pandemic including the current status of the outbreak. Find the latest news from the Government of Ontario. See also the Ministry of Labour for workplace health and safety information.
- Interactive Self-Assessment Tool
- Public Health Agency of Canada has a dedicated page for the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The World Health Organization website provides up-to-date information on the spread of the pandemic.
Government Supports for Business
New economic measures have been announced by the Government of Canada to support the economy, businesses and workers.
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan and Announced Government Support for Businesses
- Covid-19 and Mental Health @ Work
- Business Development Bank of Canada – Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
- Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada
- Export Development Canada COVID-19
- Work-Sharing Program – Temporary special measures
- Work Sharing Overview and Application
Additional Resources for your Business:
- Business Pandemic Preparedness Checklist from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)
- Business Continuity Guide from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- HPE Public Health: Healthy Workplaces and Employer Role in Covid-19 Management
- Business Continuity & Recovery Plan from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Crisis Communication Plan from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- The Ontario Medical Association FAQ about the Coronavirus and Personal Health
How to Protect Yourself
The Government of Ontario recommends taking the following actions to avoid the continuous spread of germs and viruses:
- 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
- stay home if you are sick
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.
There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.