COVID-19: Farm & Business Support

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We've pulled together some resources to help local businesses and farms through this period. You can find these below. 

We'll continue to update and add new resources as they become available.

Looking for general information about Middlesex Centre's response to COVID-19? See our COVID-19 information page.

Supports for Local Businesses

Provincial Support for Businesses

The Province of Ontario is offering a number of supports for businesses. 

Provincial Supports for Businesses

 

Federal Support for Businesses

The Government of Canada is also offering a number of supports for businesses and industries.

Federal Supports for Businesses

Supports for the Farming Community

In addition to the resources for business above, please also see:

Supports for Tourism & Hospitality Workers

Are you a Tourism & Hospitality Worker?  Are you out of work or working less due to COVID-19?

Help is available through the Tourism & Hospitality Emergency Response. Visit TourismHospitalityWorkers.ca for information on training, employment supports, and relief programs. You can also register for the Tourism & Hospitality Workers’ Registry to receive information about job opportunities, safe return to work, and regional and virtual employment services.

This initiative is led by OTEC and funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre and the Government of Ontario.

Municipal Financial Relief Measures for Local Businesses

Middlesex Centre Council and staff understand that some residents and local businesses may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • If you require a special payment arrangement due to financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, contact the municipal office

Staff will continue to monitor the different support programs coming from all levels of government, and will recommend adjustments and/or additional financial relief measures as the situation warrants.

Requirements for Masks and Face Coverings

As of July 18, 2020, the Middlesex-London Health Unit is requiring masks be worn in all indoor spaces that are publicly accessible. On July 22, 2020, Middlesex Centre Council passed a supporting by-law. For more information on what that means for your business, please see:

Questions about Reopening and Workplace Safety

The Province of Ontario has created a number of resources to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in various workplaces. This includes sector-specific guidance notes and posters.  

Provincial resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace

 

The Middlesex-London Health Unit also has a number of guidance documents available for workplaces and community settings.

MLHU COVID-19 Resources & Guidance for Workplaces

 

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters have made available extensive resources for the manufacturing sector.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Resources: Manufacturing

 

Middlesex Centre Public Works and Engineering Department is reminding businesses that have been closed for a prolonged period of time that special steps may be needed to safely reopen buildings with respect to water. Similarly, Middlesex Centre Fire Services has put together safety considerations for reopening your business.

Reopening your Business: Steps for Water Safety

Reopening your Business: Fire Safety Considerations

Keeping Well

This is a stressful time for farmers, business owners, and employees.  There are a number of stress and mental health resources available to help: 

Mental Health Resources (ConnexOntario)

Managing Farm Stress during COVID-19 (OFA)

How Residents can help Local Businesses and Farms

One of the biggest supports we can offer our local farms & businesses is our business.

Order take-out, buy a gift card for future use, or shop/use their services (if open). Be sure to call or visit their Facebook page or website before you head out to see if they are accepting in-person shoppers at this time.

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Information is subject to change. Updates will be made as they become available.