Local Business – Support Options During COVID-19

Local Business – Support Options During COVID-19

To our local businesses in the Township of Douro-Dummer,

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. Between June and September, PKED will be conducting a brief voluntary business count. This business count will be offered through an online platform and conducted over the phone. The information being collected will be used in part, to generate an up-to-date business directory for PKED, and will be shared with partner municipalities, when agreed upon by businesses.

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.

Both the Greater Peterborough Chamber, and Kawartha Chamber offer advice and online support.

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
Email: jjones@dourodummer.on.ca

Douro Ward Councillor, Heather Watson
Email: hwatson@dourodummer.on.ca

Township Survey on the Use of the Crowe’s and McCracken’s Landing Wharfs

At the Council meeting on May 5th, Council received a petition requesting a ban on fishing from the Crowe’s Landing Wharf and the McCracken’s Landing Wharf. Council knows that these facilities are integral to the community and to life on Stoney and Clear Lake. This is not a decision that Council takes lightly and they have asked that a Committee be formed to investigate the issue and bring back a recommendation to the June 16th, 2020 Council meeting.

To be able to prepare a recommendation, the Committee has created a survey to solicit comments on the use of the wharfs. Please find the survey at this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5RTQ2Y, it can also be accessed from the Township website www.dourodummer.on.ca.

Please complete the survey and forward it to your friends, neighbours and associates. The survey will remain active until May 30th, 2020. We look forward to receiving your comments. If you would like to submit a written comment on the issue of fishing and use of Crowe’s Landing Wharf and the McCracken’s Landing Wharf to the Committee for consideration, please email them to the attention of Temporary C.A.O., Martina Chait-Hartwig martinac@dourodummer.on.ca.

Thank you for your time and consideration on this issue.

The Committee to Consider Fishing and Other Uses at Township Wharfs,
Shelagh Landsmann, Dummer Ward Councillor
Tom Watt, Councillor at Large
Donna Rork
Les Bryan

T-2020-03: Supply and Delivery of One Plow Truck with Addendum

The Township of Douro-Dummer has released a tender the Supply of One (1) new 60,000 lbs GVWR Cab and Chassis Truck with Front Plow, Wing, and All-Season Combination Dump Body/Spreader. Tenders are due by Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12 Noon local time. Please see T-2020-03: Supply and Delivery of One Plow Truck (pdf – 423KB) for more information and the complete bid document.

May 27, 2020: Additional material has been released for tender T-2020-03. Please see T-2020-03 Addendum 1 – Supply and Delivery of One Plow Truck (pdf – 162KB)


Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19 Available at Kinsmen Centre Starting May 27 in Peterborough

From Peterborough Public Health:

Starting on Wednesday, May 27, local residents without symptoms can access drive-through testing for COVID-19 at the Kinsmen Civic Centre on a first-come, first-served basis.

This announcement was made today by local healthcare partners Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), Peterborough County-City Paramedics, and Peterborough Public Health. Residents with symptoms are directed to book an appointment with the PRHC COVID-19 Assessment Centre by calling 705-876-5086.

Drive-through testing for asymptomatic residents will be provided at the Kinsmen Centre by the Peterborough Paramedics, who will take specimens using a nasopharyngeal swab and then send it to a public health lab for analysis. Residents who arrive by other means, such as on foot or by bicycle, will also be tested. Testing is available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week starting Wednesday, May 27. The Kinsmen Centre is located at 1 Kinsmen Way, just off Sherbrooke St. Residents are asked to bring their Ontario Health Card.

Individuals are asked to stay in their vehicles and/or maintain appropriate physical distancing while waiting to be tested. “Peterborough Paramedics are proud to continue to enhance our paramedical services throughout the City and County,”said Randy Mellow, Chief of Peterborough Paramedics. “The expansion of testing at drive-through locations is another collaborative effort in the fight against COVID-19 that we have seen throughout this pandemic in our community. I am incredibly proud of our team and our community.”

While testing is available for anyone who is worried about being exposed to COVID-19, health partners strongly encourage those who work in public-facing roles or in close quarters with fellow employees to get tested. “We are hoping that anyone who works in a frontline role, such as grocery clerks, factory workers, pharmacy staff and other service providers will take advantage of this opportunity to get tested, even if they are not symptomatic,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “This will help us identify positive cases early so we can follow up and test their close contacts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”

“As of today’s date, PRHC has tested more than 5,100 people for COVID-19,” said Dr. Lynn Mikula, VP, Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Executive at PRHC. “We are pleased to partner with Peterborough County-City Paramedics and Peterborough Public Health to make this additional drop-in testing option available in our community for people who do not have symptoms. PRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre continues to provide medical assessments and testing for patients who have symptoms of COVID-19. To avoid crowding, line-ups and wait times, PRHC continues to ask community members to call the Assessment Centre directly at 705-876-5086 to book an appointment. This phone line is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week.”

The City of Peterborough was also acknowledged for their partnership in making the Kinsmen Civic Centre available for the drive-through testing clinic. “Thank you to Peterborough Public Health, Peterborough Paramedics, and Peterborough Regional Health Centre for working together on behalf of our community to provide another way for people to get tested for COVID-19,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “Drive-through testing at the City’s Kinsmen Civic Centre property is a convenient, safe way for people to get tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

For more information about COVID-19, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre Portal Launched

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) has launched a new digital Business Recovery Centre Portal for businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas in support of COVID-19 Economic Recovery efforts.

“This portal will serve as the region’s go-to hub for resources and information to help local business mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” said Rhonda Keenan, President & CEO of PKED. “We all have an important role to play, and the health of the local economy relies on all of us coming together towards a meaningful and measured approach to recovery.”

Together with local partners at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Peterborough DBIA, Community Futures Peterborough and the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough & the Kawarthas, and more importantly through hundreds of businesses responses received through direct calls and surveys, an Economic Recovery Plan for the region has been created and supported by both City of Peterborough and County of Peterborough Councils. The plan is outlined on the Business Recovery Centre Portal and will be updated regularly through the Mayor and Warden’s Economic Recovery Task Force.

The portal also provides resources and information for local businesses including:
• Financial Resources
• Health & Safety Guidance and Health & Hygiene Resources for Business
• Webinars & Online Training Opportunities
• A Business Collaboration Portal
• Resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors
• A list of local PPE Suppliers
• Pandemic Preparedness Resources

To view the Peterborough & the Kawarthas COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre Portal visit www.peterboroughed.ca/recovery

For additional information please contact Keaton Robbins, Corporate Communications Officer, 705-761-3683 or e-mail K. Robbins.

Gravel Application and Dust Suppression on Township Roads

Over the next few weeks, Public Works staff will be applying fresh gravel to Township roadways and starting the application of calcium chloride(a dust suppressant). Road users may notice dusty roadways until the calcium chloride application is complete.

If you meet the calcium chloride truck on the road, please be patient and allow the spray truck time to stop and let you pass safely.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Any questions can be directed to the temporary manager of the Public works Department, Jake Condon at (705) 652-8392 x 214 or e-mail Public Works.

Open-Air Fire Ban to be Lifted on Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Open-Air Fire Bans to be Lifted on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 in the Townships of Douro-Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha & Trent Lakes

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will lift the current Restricted Fire Zone from the entire Fire Region of Ontario on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at 00:01 hours (12:01 a.m.). The Townships of Douro-Dummer, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, North Kawartha and Trent Lakes will also remove their respective open-air fire bans at that time.

The municipal open-air fire bans were originally implemented on April 3rd, 2020 in support of the MNRF declaration of a Restricted Fire Zone across the entire province.

Valid burn permits previously obtained will be re-instated. For information on open-air burning By-laws or to obtain a burn permit please contact your local municipality.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Douro-Dummer Fire Chief
Chuck Pedersen
(705) 652-8392 x 207
E-mail C. Pedersen

Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Fire Chief
Ray Haines
(705) 778-3183
E-mail R. Haines

North Kawartha Fire Chief
Jessie Lamb
(705) 656-4445 x 221
E-mail J. Lamb

Trent Lakes Fire Chief
Steve Brockbank
(705) 738-3800 x 242
E-mail S. Brockbank

Media Release – Burn Ban Lifted (pdf – 114KB)

Opening of Municipal Boat Launches

On May 14, 2020, the Province of Ontario made an announcement regarding the Framework for Reopening our Province. In light of that announcement, the Crowe’s Landing Wharf and the McCracken’s Landing Wharf will be open for public use as of Friday, May 15, 2020. Municipal staff will be removing the construction barrels and will be posting new signage on Friday, May 15, 2020.

The safety of the public is of paramount concern during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Township of Douro-Dummer is taking all steps necessary to ensure a safe environment for the public and staff. Residents and visitors must obey all regulations and public health guidelines when using the Municipal Wharfs. Physical distancing of a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) is required and groups of five (5) or more persons is prohibited.

Please use safe boating practices and ensure that you are equipped with all necessary safety equipment prior to launching your boat. For information regarding safe boating practices, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council csbc.ca. Please note that dock and channel markers may be missing, use extreme caution travelling in these locations. If your boat is at a private marina, call in advance of your visit to ensure that they are ready to reopen and accept clients.

The Ontario Provincial Police will be enforcing Provincial directives within the Township, including misuse of outdoor amenities, physical distancing requirements and prohibitions against public gatherings. The public can report issues to the Peterborough County OPP non-emergency contact number: 1-888-310-1122.

o Reminder – 9-1-1 is for Emergencies Only. Reports of non-compliance regarding COVID-19 are to be reported to non-emergency numbers (1-888-310-1122).

We will continue to keep the community informed regarding the Township services and facilities. Please monitor www.dourodummer.on.ca for updates and follow our Twitter account @Douro_Dummer.

We encourage residents to follow all guidelines as released by Peterborough Public Health, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic. For information regarding Covid-19 and how to keep your family, friends and neighbours safe, please visit Peterborough Public Health for up to date information and best health practices www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

For more information please contact:

Mayor J. Murray Jones
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392
E-mail Mayor Jones

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 210
E-mail M. Chait-Hartwig

Media Release – Opening of Boat Launches – May 15, 2020 (pdf – 105KB)

Building Department Business Continuity Plan

Building Department Business Continuity Plan during the COVID-19 Pandemic, current as of May 19, 2020:

The Township of Douro-Dummer Building Department functions to administer and enforce the regulation of the Ontario Building Code. This includes the issuance of Building Permits for construction projects, as well as the inspection of these Permits.

Due to COVID-19, we have seen unprecedented restrictions placed on the construction industry, including a moratorium of permit issuance following the Provincial Guidelines of Essential Workplaces. This moratorium has been lifted as of May 19th, 2020, allowing for the Township to issue Building Permits for any construction project. Please continue to consult the Provincial guidelines for changes that may occur to this sector.

Due to our limited resources, and staff obligations for child and family care during this pandemic, this document will provide information regarding changes to our Building Department services.

In accordance with the Ontario Building Code, there are timelines for which a permit application is to be reviewed and issued or refused. Since March 16th, 2020, those timelines have been suspended by O. Reg. 73/20. We will continue to strive to adhere to the standard timelines, but there may be delays as we work through a large volume of applications with limited staff resources.

What you need to know:

– The Municipal office is closed to the public at this time.
– Building Permits must be submitted online at www.ddpermits.ca You will need to create an account before you can apply. If you have technical issues, please email staff below.
– All building permits can be paid for electronically, you will receive information after the permit has been prepared for issuance.
– Inspections must still be conducted:
‐ Footings, Foundation and Backfill inspections will be conducted on vacant sites
‐ All other inspections will be conducted through Zoom (video conferencing software)
‐ All inspections require minimum 3 business days notice, unless otherwise approved.

Staff are best reached by email:

Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official
E-mail B. Fawcett

Lindsay Burtt, Building Official
E-mail L. Burtt

Business Continuity Plan – Building Department – May 15 2020 (pdf – 73KB)