Keep It Local
There’s a wide variety of truly amazing local businesses for you to discover in Douro-Dummer. Indulge in fresh, locally sourced food at one of the many restaurants in the area, or stay the night and kick your feet up at a countryside bed and breakfast or hotel. Leave the car at home and drive your boat in to one of the local marinas for a bite and some shopping. Our local businesses are very welcoming and have something to offer for everyone.
Provincial Government Announcements
On Monday, December 21 the Provincial Government announced a Provincewide Shutdown beginning at 12:01a.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020. In response the Ontario government has released new Ontario Small Business Support Grant (pdf – 167KB), which will provide a minimum of $10, 000 and up to $20, 000 to assist small businesses during this challenging time.
Eligible small businesses include those that:
- Are required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020;
- Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level; and
- Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019.
Please note small businesses that are not in operation in April 2019 or April 2020, eligibility criteria will be announced in January 2021.
For more information on the Covid-19 response framework, click here.
Ontario Supporting High Priority Communities
The Ontario government will provide funding to local lead agencies to work in partnership with Ontario Health, public health units, municipalities, and other community partners to deliver key interventions for the province’s hardest-hit neighborhoods.
Through this initiative, $12.5 million in funding will be invested to support lead community agencies and community partners in 15 priority neighborhoods in Durham, Peel, Toronto, York and Ottawa.
Actions to this strategy include:
- Tailored community outreach and engagement
- Increased access to testing
- Wraparound supports using a case management approach
Additional funding of $42 million will also be available to establish isolation centres.
The province will continue to work with Ontario Health and Public Health Units to expand the list of priority communities, to view more information, click here. (pdf – 211KB)
COVID-19 Business Updates
Since the Provincial Government has announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential businesses, the Township of Douro-Dummer and all levels of government have been working with community members to help flatten the curve for COVID-19 and fill the needs of local businesses.
First off, we would like to say thank you to all businesses that have been taking precautions to help support the safety of our community members. We know this has been difficult causing you to adapt in providing new services for your customers, and meeting financial needs to support the operations of your business. Local businesses need to work together now more than ever, and we thank you for your continued cooperation with new regulations.
At the Township of Douro-Dummer local businesses are always on our minds, and the ways we can help during these difficult times. From financial to technical support, we are here to help. Here’s a look at some options being offered around the area.
Douro-Dummer Business Networking Group
Businesses are welcome to join the Douro Dummer Business Networking Group which was established last year. There is Facebook Page where resources are shared between members and they meet regularly for professional development and networking. There is no fee to join this group.
Peterborough and Kawartha Economic Development
As of May 19, 2020 Peterborough and The Kawartha Economic Development (PKED) launched a Business Recovery Centre Portal for businesses in Peterborough and the Kawarthas in support of COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. The portal will provide businesses with financial resources, health and safety guidance and health & hygiene resources for business, webinars and online training opportunities, a business collaboration portal you will find resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors, a list of local PPE suppliers, pandemic preparedness resources. Click here to visit the Business Recovery Centre Portal.
How does the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County plan to help business? Lead by the Mayor of the City of Peterborough and the Warden of the County of Peterborough, Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development has provided a three-phase Economic Development Plan. To view the Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Immediate, Mid-term and Long-Term Recovery Plan, click here.
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce are always available to their members and help in navigating programs and applications to support your businesses financially. Not online? Contact your chamber to inquire about Virtual Main Street. Virtual Main Street can help you reach the online market and sell gift cards to help support your business during these times. The only cost to participate will be the standard credit card processing fees. Any business or organization in Peterborough County are eligible to register. To learn more about Virtual Main Street and how it can work for your business, click here. The Kawartha Chamber also offers Digital Main Street Program until August 31, 2020. This program is offered to main street small businesses to help enhance their online capabilities. To learn more about Digital Main Street, click here.
Are you a business looking for PPE? The Greater Peterborough Chamber compiled a list of suppliers that can assist with COVID-19 signage, plexi glass shields, hand sanitizer and PPE (masks, gloves, face shields) for your business. To visit the Peterborough PPE Retail Hub, click here.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Business Resilience Network has provided toolkits to help business adapt and revamp operations. To learn more about what this toolkit has to offer, click here.
Community Futures Peterborough
For some businesses you might already be online but do not have a way for your customers to purchase items from you directly. Community Futures Peterborough announced Bring Your Business Online (BYBO) Funding Program. This program helps businesses add e-commerce functionality to their already existing websites. A non-refundable contribution of up to $2,500 is available with matching funds. To learn more about the BYBO Funding Program and if this program is suitable for your business click here. Please note the application deadline is May 31, 2020.
Ontario 211 helps people find services and programs in their communities. Ontario 211 is a helpline and database of Ontario’s community and social services answered by highly trained specialists. If you don’t know who to call, call 211.
We understand navigating these options can be overwhelming, but please know Township staff and Council are available to help direct you in the right direction.
For more information or guidance on these options, please contact the Douro-Dummer Business Advisory Group.
Business Advisory Group
Mayor, J. Murray Jones
Douro Ward Councillor, Heather Watson
Local Business Listings
Discover more about the wide range of businesses located in the Township of Douro-Dummer by reading the documents organized below.