New resources and information continue to become available for the business community. Some of the latest announcements can be found below.

As always, a full list of resources from a variety of sources and organizations is available by visiting the Town’s Business Support webpage.

If you have questions about any of the information below, please reach out to the Economic Development Officer at


Small Business Property Tax Subclass Decision

Thank you to those that completed the survey and attended the information sessions on the potential creation of a new tax subclass for small business property owners.

On August 12, The Bruce County Corporate Services Committee approved the recommendation of County staff to not proceed with the Small Business Property Subclass for 2022. For the full report and rationale for the decision, please see the County report:


RTO7's Implementation Programs Accepting Applications

Festival Implementation Program (FIP)

This program has been designed to assist well-established and regional/emerging festivals to achieve at least one of the following:

  • Increase visitor spending
  • Help reduce overcrowding in areas experiencing capacity issues
  • Increase length of stay and/or

Other implementation programs include; Operations Implementation Program (OIP), Sustainable Tourism Implementation Program (SIP), Tourism Implementation Program (Tip).

For detailed information on programs, criteria and application form, visit Deadline to apply is January 31, 2022


RTO7’s COVID-19 Recovery Support

RTO7's COVID-19 Recovery Support is geared to assist tourism operators, businesses and organizations as they recover from the effects of COVID-19 on the tourism industry. 
If your business has had capital expenditures related to COVID-19 safety and security, RTO7 is able to reimburse a minimum of $500 up to a maximum of $2,000 pre-tax towards your matching investment.

What’s included? Patio expansion at restaurants to accommodate more patrons, furniture, heaters, barriers, large scale sanitation equipment, booking and POS systems, etc.

For more information on who’s eligible, receipts you need to provide and to apply, visit this page on Funds are available on a “First Come, First Served” basis until funds are allocated


Western Ontario Wardens Caucus Survey

The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus represents 15 upper and single-tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario and includes a population of more than three million residents. Their purpose is to enhance the prosperity and overall well-being of rural and small urban communities across the region. Workforce development is a critical tool for creating regional prosperity.

The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is conducting a survey to gauge the workforce needs of employers and identify the opportunities and barriers to workforce development in Western Ontario.

The survey should take about 4 minutes to complete and your answers will remain confidential. 


Ontario’s COVID-19 Screening Tools for Stage 3

The following COVID-19 screening tools have been updated to align with the requirements in  O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3.  Please read the following material for information on how these changes apply to your business operation or organization. 

  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Patrons) has been updated to align with requirements for patron screening per Step 3. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website
  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers) has been updated. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website
  • The COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations (Signage Instructions) has been simplified. The instructions can be downloaded (PDF) from the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector website


The Canadian Government is Set to Extend Business Support Measures Through the Pandemic

The Government of Canada has just announced that they are proposing to extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), and Lockdown supports until October 23, 2021, which were originally set to expire in September 2021. They are also increasing the wage and rent subsidy rates between August 29 and September 25, 2021. These programs have supported millions of workers and continue to adapt as the pandemic evolves.

The government is also proposing technical changes and clarifications to increase flexibility and certainty for organizations using these programs and the Canada Recovery Hiring Program.

Eligible employers would still also be able to apply for the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program instead of the wage subsidy if they so choose. The hiring program provides alternative support for businesses affected by the pandemic and helps them hire workers, and increase workers' hours or wages, as the economy reopens. The hiring program is available from June 6, 2021 until November 20, 2021, allowing employers to shift from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to this new support, at a pace that works for them. For more information and details on the specific support measures, please visit Extending Business Support Measures Through the Pandemic -