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Now more than ever, our local businesses need our help.  The North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) is launching a new campaign, asking North Bay and district residents to “Step Up for Local Business”.

The purpose of this new campaign to STEP UP for local business will be two-fold: remind people to support local business; but also reach out to our members to ask them to communicate via their social media channels and the media, how the community can continue to support them and their business.

You can also display your support by downloading and posting these graphics on your personal or business social media walls or profile photos as a show of support to the campaign and our local small businesses.

Shop Local. Eat Local. Support Local.    Thank you!

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COVID-19: Province Announces a State of Emergency

Today, the Government of Ontario announced a second state of emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday, January 14 at 12:01 am.

The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

Additional public health measures include:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

Under the declaration of a provincial emergency, the province will provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers, and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home-order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors as well as retail operators and companies who do not enforce. Those who decide not to abide by orders will be subject to set fines and/or prosecution.

In the unfortunate event that an employee becomes infected with COVID-19, they may be entitled to federally funded paid sick leave of up to $500 a week for two weeks. Workers can also access Canada’s Recovery Caregiver Benefit of up to $500 per week for up to 26 weeks if they are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care.

Along with the initial announcement of a Provincewide Shutdown, the province also announced the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small businesses. The details of the application are expected to released soon, in January, 2021.

Click HERE for more information.

Check out the new website for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program: https://northbayrnip.ca/

The Northern Chambers invite you to a webinar with Derek H. Burney, O.C. “What the U.S. Election Outcome Means for Canadian Business”.

Tuesday, November 24 at 1 pm.

To register – CLICK HERE

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For those that were unable to attend, the recording is available.  CLICK HERE to view.  Special thank you to all the sponsors across the North!