STONEY CREEK CHAMBER COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS CHAMBER UPDATE

STONEY CREEK CHAMBER COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS – UPDATED RESPONSE

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread globally, commerce and communities are being impacted severely, as predicted. Your Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce is continuing to coordinate with officials at the municipal, provincial and federal level and will keep you apprised of updates; we are continuing to work with our business membership and community and will provide useful information regarding the current state of the virus in addition to helpful information for your business.

We will be reaching out to all our membership and inquiring how we can help you in this time of crisis.  If you have a question please reach out to us.  If we don’t know we will find the answer for you from our many contacts.

It is important that you have the most up to date information and facts and we have put together the following links from reputable sources to help you.

Public Health Services advises to still minimize exposure wherever possible to ensure the safety of the public. This can be achieved by suspending attendance at meetings, gatherings and training sessions.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and update our community by communicating through email, social media posts, and on our website.

 UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF COVID 19

City of Hamilton: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Public Health Ontario: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

Government of Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-0

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

BUSINESS SPECIFIC RESOURCES:

 BDC Webinar – MARCH 25

The Business Development Bank of Canada is hosting a webinar March 25 at 12:00pm for entrepreneurs looking for advice on how to manage their business through this difficult time. Register today: https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/webinars/pages/how-cope-impacts-covid-19-on-your-business.aspx

Government of Canada – Resources for your Business:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

Mass Gathering Guidelines – Government of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/mass-gatherings-risk-assesment.html

PANDEMIC & CONTINUITY GUIDES

Pandemic Planning for Businesses – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit – Ontario Chamber of Commerce

https://occ.ca/wp-content/uploads/OCC-Pandemic-Preparedness-Toolkit-for-COVID-19_final.pdf

Business Continuity Guide – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
https://www.ccohs.ca/publications/PDF/businesscontinuity.pdf

Business Continuity Plan and Recovery Plan – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
https://files.constantcontact.com/e74ab88b301/395f2666-cd00-44ca-a7de-873d7980d661.pdf

Crisis Communication Plan – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
https://files.constantcontact.com/e74ab88b301/e66c6d52-2523-4aad-9893-c75b3ffda5f8.pdf

Safety Poster from the Government of Ontario
https://files.ontario.ca/moh-coronavirus-pec-poster-en-2020-03-09.pdf

Employment Insurance Information

The Federal government announced changes to Employment Insurance due to the pandemic.

Unable to work due to sickness: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html

Regular Benefits Overview: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/reports/sickness.html

 The Federal Government announced $82 billion dollars in aid and programs

The Government announced that it would waive the one week waiting period in which employees are required to wait without income prior to collecting employment insurance.

Should an employee not qualify as they do not have enough qualifying hours, they will have access to a program called the emergency care benefit.

Other financial incentives are being provided as well – such as an increase to the child care benefit, loan repayment deferral (for student loans), extending the deadline to file 2019 income tax to June 1, 2020, and mortgage payment deferrals.

Contact your financial institution for more information on you financial products including loans, mortgages, credit etc. and how they can help you in your specific case.

 Legal Assistance

 Please reach out to one of our legal members for legal advice as our situation is ever changing and new measures are being taken by the government that could change the applicable law and practices. Before taking any steps, it is advisable to secure legal advice particular to your own unique workplace and situation.

M.Chuchla Law Firm Professional Corporation

426 Highway 8, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1G2, Canada

905-930-8858

Mieszko (Mitch) Chuchla

 

McHugh Whitmore LLP

914 Queenston Road, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, ON, Canada

905-662-6001

http://www.mchughwhitmore.ca

 

Catherine Ivey

Regency Law Group Professional Corporation

25 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada

905-383-0500

Kaylee French

Simpson & Wigle LAW LLP

1 Hunter St E, Hamilton, ON, Canada

905-528-8411

http://www.simpsonwigle.com

Gokcin Nalsok

 

SimpsonWigle LAW LLP Burlington

501-390 Brant St, Burlington, ON, Canada

905-528-8411

Gokcin Nalsok

 

Startek, Peglar & Calcagni

952 Queenston Rd, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, ON, Canada

905-662-7101

Richard Startek

 

Please contact the office should you have questions.

Stay healthy!

Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce Staff & Board of Directors