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Join the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for their online report launch event: Ontario’s She-Covery: Confronting the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Women.

The COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate economic impact on women, bringing their workforce participation rate to a record low.

For the OCC and its members, the business case is simple: diversity and inclusion are a precondition to Ontario’s recovery and economic prosperity.

Join in for the discussion with government on women’s economic recovery in Ontario and explore the findings of the OCC’s latest report, The She-Covery Project: Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario.


Date: September 23, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • The Hon. Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education
  • The Hon. Jill Dunlop, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues
  • Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Founder of the Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
  • Lisa McBride, Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Ontario Power Generation and President, Women in Nuclear Canada.

Please go to this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/she-leads-ontario-prospers-overcoming-the-she-cession-tickets-119280295575

Digital Transformation Grant 2.0

The Digital Transformation Training and Grant Program 2.0 provides grants of up to $2,500 to help businesses strategically adopt technology and meet their digital goals. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2020, limited funds available so be sure to apply early.

To apply, businesses must:
1. Register online and take a digital assessment.
*Note: Businesses can re-apply, but all final reporting from the previous round of funding must be completed. To confirm if you have submitted your final reports, please log into your Digital Main Street account here.

2. Complete the eligibility form, take the online training (now 3h) and develop a Digital Transformation Plan.
*Note: Businesses that have already participated in the program do not need to take the digital assessment again, but must complete the new 3h of training and develop a Digital Transformation Plan for their new project.

3. Apply for the $2,500 grant.
*Note: Learn more about eligible costs here.

Other notes:

  • To be eligible for a Digital Transformation Grant, businesses MUST be located within a commercial district. Learn more about eligibility here.
  • Funding is limited and uptake is high, so please apply ASAP.

In addition to grants, businesses can also access digital vendors, online and in-person training, free trials and discounts, interesting articles, how-to tips, and much more.

Do you need assistance with applying for this grant or understanding what you should be applying for? Please contact Huron County Economic Development for support. 

Apply for the grant here!

COVID-19 Business planning tools for entrepreneurs: The COVID-19 global pandemic has triggered widespread disruption to how businesses operate, requiring many entrepreneurs to pivot and adapt quickly. A crisis is a good time to re-examine all elements of your business plan. Identifying the critical functions and people within your business tells you what to protect and also highlights opportunities to grow and innovate.

These planning tools and tips from BDC can help you map out your next steps, identify new opportunities, mitigate risk and create resilience in your company, so you can emerge strong in recovery.

Learn more!

Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program – Extended into September
Reports indicate that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program, which has assisted tenants in covering their rent from April through August, will be extended into the month of September.

Read more here.

Multi-Lingual Resources for Employers: Are you an employer with a staff base who speaks a multitude of different languages? Or a business owner who would like to diversify your staff? Check out these multilingual resources to assist your communication regarding COVID-19, mental health, and more!

Read more here.

Youth Skilled in Trades: The Ontario Government has recently announced that it is investing $43 million in expanded youth training programs to give young people exposure to more employment options. The programs will help increase awareness and encourage youth to acquire the skills that will start them down the path to lifelong success while supporting Ontario’s economic recovery and future prosperity.

According to Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, “Ontario’s demand for workers in the trades is on the rise, and we want to attract more young and talented people into the exciting and challenging world of trades. Becoming an ironworker or a sprinkler fitter should be as obvious as becoming a firefighter or a lawyer. Our government is committed to ensuring that all young people across the province have the resources they need to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to get good jobs.”

Read more here.

Lifelong Success of Young People: As the province gradually starts to recover, Ontario is creating opportunities for young people through the inaugural work and membership of the Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity. To further support disadvantaged youth and job seekers from underrepresented groups, the province is investing $2.2 million to help them develop the skills they need for successful careers.

According to Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, “These programs will help prepare our youth for the jobs of today and tomorrow through the development of in-demand skills like digital literacy. Jobs can change lives and our government is committed to supporting our marginalized youth and ensuring they get an opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive global economy.”

Read more here

Update from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce: The 2020 Ontario Economic Summit is going virtual

In light of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has redesigned their annual Ontario Economic Summit to the Ontario Economic Series.

For 2020, the letters in ‘OES’ will instead stand for the Ontario Economic Series, a collection of virtual forums that connect participants with some of the most influential people from across the globe. The series will bring together leaders from different industries, backgrounds and experiences to exchange innovative ideas and generate solutions to critical issues facing our province. Find out more on the series here.

Rural Response to COVID-19 Residents Survey: In an effort to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted the day-to-day lives of residents in both Huron and Perth Counties, the Huron County Economic Development Department is asking YOU to participate in a survey!

Each household in Huron and Perth counties will also be mailed one of these surveys, in order to ensure that no voice is unheard.

This survey is being conducted in partnership with United Way Perth-Huron, the Social Research and Planning Council, and researchers from the University of Guelph.

Take the residents survey here!

Huron County Business Map 
Have you added your business to the Huron County BizMap? You’re missing out on the opportunity for customers to easily connect with you! You can now add your business to the BizMap and suggest edits yourself! Click here to access/ add to / edit the BizMap. View the map here.

Editor’s note: Sources for the Business News & Updates include the Huron County Economic Development Department, the Business Development Bank of Canada, local organizations, media agencies and e-newsletters from various business groups and community partners. Content has been edited for length. Please follow the links included to find complete info for each listing.

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