Economic Development

Centre Wellington is now in Step Two of the Province’s roadmap to reopening, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health restrictions.

Although some Township facilities remain closed to the public, many departments are offering most services electronically and scheduling appointments for services that cannot be delivered remotely. With the proper protocols in place, we are working to deliver services in a timely manner, however, you may still experience some delays or disruptions.

For a complete update on facility hours and operations and programs and services available by pre-registration or appointment only, visit the Township’s website at www.centrewellington.ca/emergencyplanning  and our social media platforms, www.facebook.com/CentreWellington and Twitter www.twitter.com/CentrWellington

Business Support Resources during  COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses locally and globally.  Centre Wellington Economic Development is here to support you, so feel free to contact our team if you require any assistance.  New information will be added to this page as it is announced. 

 

 

Wellington County launches New Business Grants Program - Open Now

Province of Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grants

- now available for tourism and travel related small businesses such as B&B's, motels, hotels and motels, resorts and travel agents.  Grants of $10,000 to $20,000 available for businesses with less that 100 employees and who have experienced at least a 20% decline in revenues between 2019 and 2020.   Available till June 25, 2021

 

Government Assistance Information Update 

 Government of Canada
 Province of Ontario - Direct link to grant applications and New Grant Information added
  •  Now available: Ontario Small Business Support Grant
    • Applications are now open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.   This $10,000-$20,000 grant will help small businesses who must close or significantly restrict services due to Provincewide Shutdown.

    • Full list of what's open and what's not allowed to be. 
    •  
Grants for PPE, and for energy and property tax grants

 

 

 

 Tourism Resources 

Digital Excellence Centre - For Tourism Businesses (includes retail and hospitality businesses)

For the past year, the Digital Excellence Centre has been providing no cost digital support to Elora Fergus businesses and operators to improve their digital presence.  During these uncertain times, the Digital Excellence Centre aims to support you in
your digital improvements, knowledge and ideas. Join now to learn about the benefits available including grant funding to participants.

Contact Charlotte@RTO4.ca for information and assistance.

As part of the RTO4 digital excellence program these Digital Excellence one pagers were created to show operators where visitors access their information. Leveraging digital excellence has never been more important and it all begins with digital hygiene. Digital hygiene refers to the foundation of a digital presence – the basic building blocks of creating the most impact with your digital assets.

Thus, RTO4 built these one pagers around three main building blocks:

Google My Business

Responding to Online Reviews

Social Media

  

Resources to Support Home Based Food Businesses

 The Province of Ontario has produced a guide to assist in establishing a home-based business.  The guide, available here, provides information on foods that are considered low-risk and may be produced in a home kitchen.  While all food businesses must follow the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), home-based food businesses that prepare only low risk foods are now exempt from certain regulatory requirements such as:

  • Specified handwashing stations in food premises;
  • Compliance with commercial dishwashing requirements;
  • Food handling training certification

Please check the guide for additional information

 

 Mental Health Resources for Businesses

 

 Province of Ontario - additional information

New Resources

 

Continuing Resources

Additional Resources 

Digital Assistance for Businesses

 

Digital MainStreet - Applications are now closed. 

Digital Main Street is an innovative program designed to help main street small businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, grants and Digital Service Squads teams of street-level experts that help main street small businesses manage and grow their operations through technology adoption. Digital Service Squads can assist with grants of $2500 for small businesses in Elora and Fergus. Contact our local Digital Service Squad members through Guelph Wellington Business Centre. 

 

Digital Excellence Centre - For Tourism Businesses (includes retail and hospitality businesses)

For the past year, the Digital Excellence Centre has been providing no cost digital support to Elora Fergus businesses and operators to improve their digital presence.  During these uncertain times, the Digital Excellence Centre aims to support you in
your digital improvements, knowledge and ideas. Join now to learn about the benefits available including grant funding to participants.

Contact Charlotte@RTO4.ca for information and assistance.

  

 

 Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) 
 Information on Patio Extensions and Liquor Licensing 

 

Industry Re-opening Information

 Restaurants Canada

Updates and resources for the food service industry in Canada

 Retail Council of Canada

Retail Recovery Handbook 

 Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association

Dedicated website for COVID-19 Response and Recovery for the Hospitality Industry

 Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
 Ontario Business Improvement Areas Association

Updated information on sustaining the downtown areas 

 Canadian Business Resilience Network
 Destination Development Association

Practical information to grow and support the downtown experience

 Heritage Canada
 Help for My Restaurant

Supplies and Resources 

 Province of Ontario

Sources for PPE - list of Ontario suppliers of PPE

 Rapid Response Platform

Canadian Industry supplying PPE and other resources to Canadian Business 

 Local Suppliers

List of local suppliers goods and service including PE resources for business re-opening. 

Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce 

information and support for businesses on re-opening.

Below are information and resources for companies to help deal with the challenges during and after pandemic:

Municipal Business Support 

The Centre Wellington Economic Development staff will continue to support businesses during this difficult time.  To ensure the health and safety of our staff, all business support activities will be conducted via phone or online.

 Township Economic Response

The Township of Centre Wellington has adopted policies to assist citizens during this difficult period, through the initial Economic Response Plan.  

Here are some resources and information to help our local businesses weather the current pandemic situation.   Additional resources and information will be added as it becomes available.  

The Township of Centre Wellington facilities are currently closed but staff continue to work on issues affecting the residents and business of Centre Wellington.  If you have any questions, please contact staff directly.  

 Property Taxes
  • Tax instalments due April 30: Penalty and interest for non-payment, and non sufficient funds charges for returned payment will be waived until June 30, 2020
  • Non-residential and multi-residential property owners with an instalment due March 31st will have until May 31st to make a payment without incurring penalty and interest charges.
  • The Township is encouraging business/property owners currently on Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) to continue PAP plans. If paying the full installment is difficult at this time, we encourage property owners to reduce their PAP withdrawal amount to half for May and June. It is important that property owners recognize this is a deferral of taxes and not a reduction of property taxes. Anyone interested in reducing their PAP amounts are asked to contact the Township office at 519-846-9691, ext. 902.
  • Postponing Planned Property Tax Reassessment: The government is postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021. Postponing the reassessment will provide stability for Ontario’s property taxpayers and municipalities. This means that 2021 tax levies will be based on 2020 assessment values.
 Water and Wastewater
 The Township will waive all penalties and interest on water/sewer payments for 60 days.
 Planning and Development Services 
  • Development applications received prior to the closure are currently being processed.
  • Time sensitive inquires will be handled by Planning staff.
  • Staff are still accepting applications and processing applications by e-mail, sent to planning@centrewellington.ca
 Online Small Business Support and Consultations
Guelph Wellington Business Centre 
  • Small Business Advisors at the Guelph Wellington Business Centre are available to do business planning and support consultation over the phone or on zoom.  Appointments for consultations can be made by calling 519-826-4701

Wellington Waterloo Community Futures

  • The Business consultants at Community Futures are available to discuss business training, advice or financing over the phone at 519-846-9839.

Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce

  • The Chamber of Commerce has information on resources including business continuity and the very helpful Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Planning Guide.  

Destination Development Association

  • Tourism and Downtown support organization with exceptional online materials and webinars - many great ideas for small business and content of a webinar on dealing with this current situation.

Digital Main Street 

Shop Local Centre Wellington

Shop Local Centre Wellington

You can help support small business and the local economy by shopping Centre Wellington.

 

Keep the Businesses we love in Business!

 

Visit ShoplocalCW.ca and purchase gift cards for use as local stores, businesses and attractions when businesses reopen.

You can help support the many small businesses and the local economy by shopping Centre Wellington.

 

Businesses can sign up to participate by filling in this form.  

  

Centre Wellington's small and locally owned businesses are a critical part of our community.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to every area of our residents’ lives. These are challenging times for everyone. A number of local businesses have had to close their brick-and-mortar stores, but many are adapting to continue to serve their customers during this period of uncertainty.

We want to keep Centre Wellington's businesses vibrant and resilient. You can help make a difference by supporting them today!

Here’s how:

  • Whenever possible, buy local
  • Order from local businesses online
  • Order meals for takeout or delivery
  • Send messages of support on social media
  • Share local business content on your social media accounts
  • Write positive reviews for your favourite businesses
  • Purchase gift certificates now to use later

The Township of Centre Wellington, Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and Fergus BIA and Elora Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) offer resources you can use and share with your family, friends, neighbours and communities.

Let’s support Centre Wellington's economy. Because together, we're #CWStrong.

Federal and Provincial Economic Recovery Plans

Government of Canada

  • FedDev Ontario - Managing your business during Covid-19: Financial support, loans and access to credit. 
 Government of Ontario

Guidelines for reopening Ontario released 

  • Government of Ontario - The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces. A list of essential services is available here.
  • Full list of Government announcements are available here.
  • Government of Ontario - Ontario Providing Electricity Relief to Families, Small Businesses and Farms During COVID-19
    • CW Hydro: Payment Deferrals and Assistance - Alectra will work with customers to provide flexible payment terms and will not disconnect customers during this time of uncertainty
    • Hydro One: A Pandemic Relief Fund has been established - Hydro One will work with customers in need of assistance
    • Enbridge Gas: Enbridge Energy Assistance Program - Eligible customers having trouble paying their bill may qualify for emergency relief to avoid having their service disconnected through the Enbridge Energy Assistance Program
  • Ontario Together calls for suppliers and solutions - We welcome help from businesses and organizations. Tell us if you can:
  • Ontario Creates - COVID-19 response plan and resources for all creative industries, including film & TV
  • Some Agriculture and Agri-food Job Opportunities are available through this Ontario portal.

  • The Health Workforce Matching Portal will enable health care providers with a range of experience to join the province's response to COVID-19.  The portal will efficiently match the availability and skill sets of frontline health care workers to the employers in need of assistance to perform a variety of public health functions, such as case and contact management.

  Business Development Bank of Canada
Export Development Canada
  • Export Development Canada - EDC stands ready to support Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19
  • Free Webinar: EDC - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains - On Demand - Register Here

Business Sector Support

 County of Wellington Small Business Loan Program - Program closed
The County of Wellington will be providing $1 million dollars in low interest loans to help local County businesses get through the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County Council entered into a partnership with local Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) to deliver their new Keep Well – Emergency Business Sustainability Fund.
 Canadian Chamber of Commerce
 The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has provided pandemic planning support for businesses along with lots of great business resilience and advocacy advice.  With the Government of Canada, they have formed the Canadian Business Resilience Network.
 Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
 The CME provides support for manufacturers and exporters through advocacy and connection between manufacturers and for manufacturers.  See how they can assist and possibly connect your business to nationwide efforts to defeat COVID-19.
 Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)
 The EMC is a member based education and support organization that can assist businesses through there Member Needs Help service.  
 Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)
 CFA has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it relates to Canadian Agriculture.  They provide weekly updates on the virus as information emerges, and support to farmers nationwide.
 Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA)
The OFA is the leading agricultural advocate for Ontario farmers, their farm businesses and their communities.  Visit their site for resources to help Ontario farms.
Retail Council of Canada
The Retail Council of Canada provides support, resources and advocacy for Canada's large and small retailers.
 Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAO)
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has been advocating on behalf of the tourism industry on a daily basis during this situation which is particularly challenging for tourism businesses. Check out the resources they have available.
 Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association
 In an effort to assist their industry, the ORHMA has established a hospitality industry website to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. See if they can assist your business.
Canadian Arts Council
The Canadian Arts Council is providing supports to the arts and artist community through advocacy and resources.

Other Resources 

 University of Guelph
In collaboration with the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph presents Leading Through Crisis, a webinar series for organizational leaders in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. 

Information on Areas of Concern 

 Loans and Mortgage Support
For assistance with mortgage and loan payments reach out directly to your lenders.  Most lenders have now developed options to skip a payment or put a hold on a payment.  Each lender has different options and with how quickly they this situation is developing many lenders are updating their policies.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has indicated that they are working with lenders to increase flexibility to allow payment deferrals of up to six months.

 Here are a list of common lenders and their contact information to get further details on their skip or hold a payment options.

Scotiabank         1-800-472-642

TD Bank             1-888-720-0075

Manulife             1-800-567-9170

CIBC                  1-800-465-2422

Royal Bank         1-800-769-2511

BMO                  1-877-895-3278

First National     1-888-488-0794

 Landlords

Province announces renting changes due to COVID-19

The Province of Ontario has introduced a number of changes to residential rental rules and processes, in response to COVID-19. Learn more about these changes, and how they impact you as a landlord. For ease, we’ve included some of their key messages below.

Paying Rent

Landlords are entitled to collect compensation from a tenant for each day an eviction order is not enforced, and tenants should still pay rent. However, tenants who are asked to self-isolate or who can’t work may have difficulty affording their rent.

We encourage landlords and tenants to work together during this difficult time to establish fair arrangements to keep tenants in their homes. If your tenant is having challenges making rent, talk to them about deferring their rent or other payment arrangements.

Landlords may also wish to refer tenants to the local service manager for financial help with rent, or to federal government programs.

Entering a Unit and Physical Distancing

During this unusual time, patience and understanding from landlords and tenants is necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Landlords are encouraged to request entry only in urgent situations and to follow physical distancing guidelines.

Assistance for Landlords

If you are a landlord, you may wish to:

  • inquire with your mortgage lender about mortgage payment deferrals
  • investigate federal government programs
  • See how your City and Utilities provider are working to ease your financial burden (more below)
 Tenants
Province announces residential renting changes due to COVID-19

The Province of Ontario has introduced a number of changes to residential rental rules and processes, in response to COVID-19. Learn more about these changes, and how they impact you as a renter. For ease, we’ve included some of their key messages below.

Business owners who rent

At this time, the Province of Ontario and the Federal Government have not announced any financial assistance for businesses. The City continues to monitor developments in this area, and will provide updates as soon as they become available.


What assistance is available to me, as a tenant?

If you are a tenant and you need financial help, you can:

  • apply for COVID-19 emergency assistance
  • access federal government programs
  • Please note that in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, no new eviction orders will be issued until further notice and sheriff’s offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of current eviction orders. Tenants must pay rent while an eviction order is not being enforced.

What to do if you’re concerned about not making rent due to COVID-19

  • Negative treatment of tenants who have, or are perceived to have, COVID-19, for reasons unrelated to public health and safety, could be discriminatory and prohibited under the Human Rights Code.
  • The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy on human rights and rental housing says that before initiating eviction proceedings, or any other measure that may affect a tenant in a negative way, a housing provider is expected to consider whether a Code-related need exists, and whether that need has been accommodated appropriately. For example, if a tenant fails to make his rent payment on time because he is in the hospital, the housing provider allows the tenant to pay his rent late as it is not an undue hardship to do so.
  • Tenants and landlords also have rights and responsibilities under the Residential Tenancies Act. Visit the Ontario government website for more information.
  • If you require legal counsel, you may wish to consult Legal Aid Ontario to find local legal aid clinics.

What to do if you’re locked out

It is illegal for a landlord to change the locks to a rental unit or the building, without giving the tenant a key for the new locks. If you are a tenant and a landlord has locked you out, or is threatening to lock you out, contact the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit:

 

 

 

 

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 The Township of Centre Wellington's Economic Development is here to help your business succeed and grow. Our unique landscape, proximity to urban innovation centres, culture and workforce support our primary sectors of manufacturing, agricultural, creative industries, health services and many more!

Find out why it makes sense to invest in Centre Wellington. Our business community and opportunities might be just what you are looking for.  From full fibre availability to active business support networks, Centre Wellington has all the elements to help your business develop and flourish. 

We have all of the information that you need such as our community and demographic profiles, utility contacts and location proximity.

We are here to help you to reach your business goals because you deserve to be here.  We'd love to talk to you about the opportunities that exist in Centre Wellington.

Why Centre Wellington

The Township of Centre Wellington is a community of choice to live, work and play.

Reasons to choose Centre Wellington:

Full Fibre Availability

Centre Wellington has full fibre to the home availability throughout the urban area of Fergus and Elora/Salem through the investment of Wightman Communications.  This means you can enjoy the quality of life offered here and connect to the world through our available fibre capabilities. 

Location - Proximity to Urban Cores

Centre Wellington has access to 130 million people within a day's drive and is within 30 minutes of Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – home to the Waterloo Toronto Technology Corridor. The short distance to the GTA provides access to over 5.1 million potential customers and visitors alone.

Quality of Life

Centre Wellington is home of many of the province's most beautiful natural landscapes and incredible vistas with glacier carved gorges and waterfalls. The Elora Gorge is a well-known natural attraction, as is the brown trout fishing and tubing activities through these waterways. Our festivals, events, heritage downtowns and cultural experiences make our area a premier choice for a healthy work-life balance.

Thriving Business Community

Our supportive and entrepreneurial business community enjoys a wide range of support services and competitive operating costs, enhanced by a local population committed to sustaining their local businesses.

Strong Local Workforce

Centre Wellington prides itself on the quality and availability of our local workforce.

Rich Agriculture

Centre Wellington has a strong local farming sector framed by a rich agricultural history and innovative agricultural business base. This is harnessed with collaboration with the universities, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Wellington Federation of Agriculture and many commodity partners. The market for fresh, safe and high quality products is growing and there are many culinary and local shopping opportunities here. 

Diverse Manufacturing

Our vibrant community is the home to well-established small to large manufacturing facilities producing a wide range of products.

Community Improvement Plan

Community investment and Demographics Profile

Financial Incentive

Live and Work Centre Wellington

New Developments

Starting & Growing Your Business

 

 

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