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.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Emergency Community Support Fund

  •  $350 million dollars to deliver support to vulnerable community members through the provision of:
    • Home deliveries of groceries or medications;
    • Transportation for seniors or people with disabilities to appointments;
    • Expanded capacity on help lines that give information and link people to services;
    • Transitioning in-person services to phone call, text message, or online service delivery models; and 
    • Updated training on health and safety measures for all volunteers and staff of these non-profit organizations or agencies.

This funding will be distributed through Canada’s national partner organizations, including United Way, Community Foundations Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross. If you are interested in more details, please visit:

For Prince Edward County Information and Resources:

Banking and Financial Supports in Prince Edward County

United Way Hastings & Prince Edward and The County Foundation collaborate on the distribution of ECSF funds leveraging impact for the community. United Way Hastings & Prince Edward and The County Foundation are accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
United Way HPE is proud to support the important investment of more than $450,000 into Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The County Foundation is proud to support the important investment of $75,000 into Prince Edward County. Details and application links

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Will Help SMEs That Fall Into COVID-19 Support Cracks : The concerns of PEC Chamber members have been heard, for example how some were ineligible for the $40,000 bank loans or found it was not enough. This new Fund, officially launched on May 13, 2020, can be accessed through Community Futures. They have launched a new $1 million PEC Regional Relief and Recovery Fund that will provide loans of up to $40,000 at 0% interest with no fees and up to $10,000 that can be converted into a grant. Businesses in PEC who were not eligible for the bank loans, or did get a bank loan and need more support should contact Community Futures. They are also able to access larger amounts for PEC businesses that need more. Click here for more details.

Scotia Bank link – provides most up to date information about the Canada Emergency Bank Account. They also have options for payment deferrals on Business and Personal credit. If businesses need assistance you can email directly (gillianj.white@scotiabank.com) or phone as we are limiting visits to the branch and you can be assisted with deferrals over the phone, as can our Contact Centre.

TD Bank link – If you have further questions, you can contact Breanne directly (Breanne.Klump@td.com). All applications are done online through the link above which is fantastic – it’s fast & easy! The website also has all the detailed information and it updates faster than I normally get the updates.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19:

Mental Health Supports

  • Ontario Expands Virtual Mental Health Services During COVID-19
  • The Ministry of Health launched a new portal dedicated to mental wellness. Wellness Together Canada will connect Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls and will make it easier to find credible information and help address mental health and substance use issues.
  • Canada Life has compiled a guide for effective mental health strategies for the workplace. Included in the guide are resources to help you and your employees build resilience and plan for stressful situations.
  • The Government of Canada has also prepared information to help you take care of your mental health during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Government Supports for Business

New economic measures have been announced by the Government of Canada to support the economy, businesses and workers.

Additional Resources for your Business:

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.