After almost a year and a half the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shaped the way business is conducted. Throughout the changes there have been a variety of supports and sources of information aimed to help small businesses weather the huge impacts of a partially functioning economy. Staff will continue to send updates as we received them and we can hopefully count on a strong economy in the not so distant future thanks to vaccines.

We encourage businesses to check out the updates 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 heather.hyde@saugeenshores.ca

Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant

This grant assists eligible small tourism and travel businesses, that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, with up to $20,000 in funding. The deadline to apply is June 25th 

Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant (gov.on.ca)

Bruce County Business Survey

Bruce County is developing a new Economic Development Strategic Plan, building on the current strategy the - Find Yourself in Bruce County Economic Development Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The new strategic plan will form the direction for support activity for the next five years beginning in 2022. Occurring in tandem with this work, is the Plan the Bruce Guiding Principal #4 – to create opportunities for a diversity of businesses, jobs and employers. This work will weave into the County’s official Plan update and reflect a framework to support its implementation.   

A survey has been developed for local businesses to gain their insight. This is an opportunity for all business owners to share their thoughts and have their voices heard. These responses will be vital in helping Bruce County develop future economic and community development programming, services, and supports. 

The goal is to reach 500 responses from local businesses throughout the county on or before the survey deadline of June 16th. The link to the business survey can be found here:  https://surveys.tspmr.net/SE/1/BruceCounty/ 

Four County Labour Market

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board is launching a government funded free job training program for the communities in Grey and Bruce.

This new six-week construction training program is going to be offered in Owen Sound. Launching June 14, the Connect 2 Skills program will work with residents across Bruce, Grey, Huron, and Perth to provide training in construction and work with employers to provide workforce ready applicants.

The program will be structured with three weeks of online learning and three weeks of in-person training with small cohorts of no more than 10 people.

Construction employers who are also looking for new employees can reach out to find someone to fill any open spots.

To read more visit: https://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/2021/05/26/free-construction-training-program-coming-to-owen-sound/  or contact:  jay@planningboard.ca, 519-492-0741

2021 Patio Applications

Town staff are available to support and process applications for the 2021 patio season. The season will run from April 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021 provided there are no restrictions in place from Public Heath or the provincial government.

As in 2020 the Patio fee has once again been waived for 2021.

Those interested in applying can contact the Economic Development Officer at heather.hyde@saugeenshores.ca with questions and to start the application process.

Applications can be submitted at anytime during the season.

Please note that only businesses looking to use Town property for their patio need apply.

Check out the full 2021 Patio Policy.

Additionally, patio installations may be eligible for Bruce County’s Spruce the Bruce Grant program under the Facade Improvement and Patio Grant. More information on the grant program can be found at www.sprucethebruce.ca.