The #CanadaUnited campaign is a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local. RBC, ‘Corporate Canada’, Business Associations and Major Media Partners have teamed up to start a movement, Canada United™, where everyday Canadians and large businesses come together in support of small and local businesses.
The movement will start with a #CanadaUnited campaign where Canadians are asked to complete ‘micro–actions’ (likes, views, etc.) in support of small and local businesses on social media. In short, Canada United encourages action from everyday Canadians and Corporate Canada and kickstarts the recovery of local economies and small businesses.
Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID–19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC. Funds can be used for PPE, renovations, or e–commerce capabilities.
To determine if you’re eligible to apply for a relief grant or learn more about this program, visit occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/. Conditions apply. Applications for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be accepted starting on August 31, 2020. Please check back for additional details to come.
“After being closed for the last 3 months, being chosen as a grant recipient, has really been a lifeline, thrown out by the Chamber of Commerce, that couldn’t have come at a better time. While we are still operating in a deficit with the reduced cohort numbers, we have been able to rehire our educators and are once again hopeful we will make it to the other side of this uncertainty and begin to slowly recover” said Alexandra Fell, Owner, The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre.
“We are excited to see our member The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre, as one of the 62 small businesses across Canada to receive the $10,000 grant from the Canadian Business Resilience Network! The Chartwell House Early Learning Centre has been a proud member of our Chamber for over 10 years. This funding arrives in perfect timing for the childcare and education centre as they reopen” said Drew Redden, President & CEO, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.
More than 1100 small businesses across Canada applied for the 62 grants available. The lucky recipients were those that best demonstrated their financial strain, how the business will use the grant to change or innovate, how the change or innovation will sustain the business’s recovery and allow it to prosper, and how the grant will support the role each business plays in their community.
The fund was managed by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and made possible through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM). The funding was designed to help small businesses across the country stay afloat and support their recovery efforts, paying salaries, retrofitting their workplaces and acquiring technology to adapt their business model. Salesforce has also provided grants to small businesses in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, in addition to providing other resources.
“Reviewing the applications was both heartbreaking and inspiring, we saw how seriously small businesses across Canada have been hurt by the pandemic, but we also saw how determined these entrepreneurs are to preserve their employees’ jobs and to serve their customers and their communities. Today is a happy waypoint, not an end point, and we won’t stop finding new ways to help Canada’s businesses reopen and recover. We’ll be with them every step of the way,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber.
“It has been incredible to see the resilience coming from Canada’s small business owners over the last few months. We know it hasn’t been easy,” said Margaret Stuart, Canada Country Manager, Salesforce. “The applicants have further demonstrated what we at Salesforce already knew to be true – that Canada is rich with innovation and entrepreneurial talent. We’re hopeful that these grants will provide essential support to small business owners as they return to work.”
You can watch the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence online on Facebook and YouTube. The awards will also air on YourTV Halton at 8:00pm on Thursday, June 25th and will be available afterwards on demand.
The Barrington Family has been in the outerwear business since 1850. Originating as furriers, six generations on, Paul Barrington continues the family tradition by offering the finest furs from around the world in addition to designer shearlings, leather, cloth coats and accessories.
Barrington’s is located in a beautiful heritage building on Lakeshore Road and is one of the longest standing retail stores in Downtown Oakville. Growing up Paul would head straight to the store after school to finish homework, run errands and learn the tricks of the fur trade from his father. He learned the importance of customer service, always seeing his father go above and beyond to ensure every customer was satisfied.
Paul took over the store in 1992 and has broadened the product mix adding cloth coats, shearlings, gloves, scarves and handbags in addition to furs and fur repurposing. Paul’s wife Brenda looks after the buying and stays on top of fashion trends. Paul and Brenda travel the world’s fashion markets, from Montreal to New York, Paris to Milan, to bring the most interesting and unique outerwear to the Oakville community. They are also very proud of their private label collection, which is made from imported Italian fabrics, and manufactured in Canada
Barrington’s has developed a strong online presence, with a website offering online shopping and using social media to promote their products. However, Paul believes these are added layers to the business; the in-store customer experience is still their strength and focus. Barrington’s proudly counts third generation customers, as fur coats are passed from generation to generation, at times re-fitted or repurposed into blankets – and yes, even teddy bears.
Paul and Brenda were born and raised in Oakville and love the community. They’ve been in Downtown Oakville for a long time and expect to stay for many years to come. Iconic!
Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) has been developing our community’s future workforce for over 30 years! HIEC focuses on partnership, mentorship and workforce development with youth across Halton Region. For three decades HIEC has been developing and delivering innovative programs and services that leverage technologies, advance community collaboration, strengthen economic development, inspire mentorship, and help young people succeed.
HIEC strives to empower youth in their career exploration and contribute to their overall mental wellness as it relates to future planning and opportunities. This includes, building stronger connections between educators, employers, and the students who will make up the future workforce through their Career Awareness Program, hosting inspiring community events, and managing multiple technologies that focus on workforce development.
Through the Career Awareness Program, HIEC supports 7,000 students a year as they prepare to transition into high school. The program is for grade 7 students and helps them identify their individual values, skills and interests. During their visit, students also have the opportunity to investigate 3500+ different occupations that are outlined in the Career Development Lab. Students can also participate in a life work simulation program, which provides them with a better understanding of working conditions, salaries, future trends, and post-secondary pathways for jobs that interest them. The Career Awareness Program has been very successful, and HIEC has even received international interest in how they execute the program.
Building on career planning, HIEC hosts two annual community events: Women as Career Coaches and Men as Career Coaches. These informal and interactive events bring mentors from different industries and careers together with young people for an evening of open and honest conversation about occupational pathways, post-secondary destinations, and work life. Collectively, these events have hosted 5,500 mentors and 6,300 students! These events have been so impactful, that they often have students return as mentors once they’ve established their careers!
Thank you HIEC for the incredible impact you have made on the youth in our community for the past 30 years!
Acclaim Health is a registered charity providing extraordinary community care and support in Halton Region for over 90 years. Their goal is to provide the care people need to live well at home for as long as possible. Last year they cared for over 25,000 clients in Halton, two thirds of whom were over the age of 65. Their team of over 500 staff members and over 650 volunteers is committed to high quality care, and this is reflected their 97% client satisfaction rate, their exemplary standing – the highest possible – with Accreditation Canada, and are accredited with the Imagine Canada Standards program.
For isolated older adults they offer Friendly Visiting, Tele-Touch (reassurance phone calls), the Home Support Exercise Program (to improve strength, endurance and balance) and their Companion program, which fills the gap between what volunteers can provide and what the health care system can offer in terms of practical assistance in the home and with errands.
Their dementia care services consist of day programs for adults with dementia or other needs, caregiver support and education, and a Memory Visiting program provided by volunteers for those in the early stages of the disease.
Their end of life care includes Hospice Care for those choosing to die at home, bereavement support for families, and palliative care consultation for medical professionals to improve their knowledge and skill in hospice palliative care.
Their team of nurses and personal support workers provide the medical and personal care people need to maintain their physical health, including being the sole provider of home palliative care in Halton Region.
They have exciting developments on the horizon. Acclaim Health is in the process of opening a new, state-of-the-art dementia care centre which will be the gold standard for dementia care in the province! It will feature eight short stay overnight respite beds (the only ones in Halton Region), an expanded Adult Day Program with people with dementia, an Adult Day Program for older adults, caregiver support for families and best practices in dementia friendly design. The centre is expected to open in early 2021.
The community has built Acclaim Health, and Acclaim Health has harnessed the compassion, kindness and commitment of its community supporters, its volunteers, its donors and local partners to bring innovative care and support to some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Their leadership at both the local and provincial levels is making community care more accessible and more integrated for families in Oakville.
Talk about building a community and bringing people together.
The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models for business excellence and community service by Oakville’s businesses and the invaluable contribution they make to Oakville’s economic development, unique character and outstanding quality of life.
“This year 82 Oakville businesses were nominated for the awards. We offer our congratulations to the 33 businesses that were selected by our judges as finalists for one of the prestigious awards” stated Khaldoon Zaid-Kaylani, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville West. “We invite the community to join us online and celebrate the wonderful businesses we have in our community.”
“This year has been tough for many of our local businesses, so it is especially important this year to recognize the tenaciousness, fortitude and commitment of our finalists” added Tim Caddigan, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Throughout the awards judging, they have exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit and drive that is essential to running a successful business. We need them in Oakville as important contributors to our economy and the engine of our community-wide recovery. We want to congratulate each nominee and offer best wishes for their continued success.”
The finalists for the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are:
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy. These measures will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion to meet liquidity needs of Canadian businesses and households through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy.
Below we have summarized what businesses and workers need to know.
All businesses can defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. This measure will result in businesses having more money available during this period.
Increased credit is available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses. As announced on March 13, a new Business Credit Availability Program will provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses experiencing cash flow challenges through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.
Expansion of Export Development Canada’s ability to provide support to domestic businesses.
Provide flexibility on the Canada Account limit, to allow the Government to provide additional support to Canadian businesses, when deemed to be in the national interest, to deal with exceptional circumstances.
Launch of an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program to purchase up to $50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. As announced on March 16, this will provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders and support continued lending to Canadian businesses and consumers.
Boosting the Canada Child Benefit payments
Introduction of the Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave.
Introduction of an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.
Provide additional assistance to individuals and families with low and modest incomes with a special top-up payment under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit.
Waive, for a minimum of six months, the mandatory one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits for workers in imposed quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate, as announced on March 11.
Waive the requirement for a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
Extend the tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, and allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.
Provide eligible small businesses a 10 per cent wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Employers benefiting from this measure would include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as not-for-profit organisations and charities.
Provide increased flexibility to lenders to defer mortgage payments on homeowner government-insured mortgage loans to borrowers who may be experiencing financial difficulties related to the outbreak. Insurers will permit lenders to allow payment deferral beginning immediately.
Further to the press conference held today by the Government of Canada and Public Health Officials, Canadians are being asked to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and as a result recommend the cancellation or postponement of events.
The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is taking action to help protect the health and safety of our members, partners and our employees. We are currently implementing measures to do our part in containing the further spread of the virus.
As a result, we will be postponing all Chamber events and meetings until April 6th.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep members updated through our website, emails and social media for the status of our other scheduled events.
If you are registered for an event that was scheduled to take place before April 6th, 2020 we will be contacting you directly to communicate a new event date and/or facilitate full refunds.
To assist and support the business community with preparing and responding to COVID-19, please refer to these resources from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce:
Our offices remain open and fully functioning. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your concerns or questions.
During this period of uncertainty, we ask you to consider ways to support our local businesses. This includes purchasing gift cards that can be used at a later date, or ordering from them online. For your local needs, please refer to our Member Directory.
TheOakville Chamber of Commerce (OCC) continues to monitor and assess new developments pertaining to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In terms of the OCC’s upcoming events, we are taking our lead from Public Health, who is currently not suggesting the postponement or cancellation of any scheduled events. As a result, we are proceeding as planned with all upcoming OCC events.
The safety and well-being of our members and community are of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update this policy as required. We will communicate any event changes to registrants, our members, and the public through email, social media posts, and updates on our website. Should the directive from the Region of Halton Public Health change, the OCC will have alternative options for our events – including holding virtual programs and consider rescheduling events.
Currently, we encourage all event attendees to:
Evaluate their own health (and the health of people they’re in close contact with), when deciding to attend an upcoming OCC event. A temporary change to our refund policy has been made for those who are no longer able to attend an event (see below).
Follow the guidance of the Region of Halton Public Health, everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of viruses, including but not limited to:
Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Use sanitization materials offered complimentary at Chamber events
Greet other event attendees with a fist bump or wave, instead of a handshake
Temporary Change to the OCC Refund Policy
During this time, we have revised our OCC Event Refund Policy for registrants. If you are not able to attend an in-person event, please contact the Chamber by email prior to the event. For select events being held using virtual technology, the 3-Business Day Cancellation Policy will remain in effect; registrants for these events will be notified of this policy via email communication. If you are no longer able to attend an event that you are registered for, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
As published on the Region of Halton Public Health site, symptoms of the COVID-19 Coronavirus can range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you are unwell, we encourage you to stay home to recover.