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The Schreiber Municipal Complex will be OPEN for phone calls only during regular business hours 

Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm 

The Corporation of the Township of Schreiber has been actively updating its Township planning and monitoring processes as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves in Canada and around the world

Mayor Dave Hamilton and Township Administration are in regular contact with health officials in order to monitor the situation and the response from the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada

“The Township of Schreiber is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency very seriously. We are taking every precaution to keep our residents and employees safe. Thank you for your cooperation during this time.” – Mayor Dave Hamilton

  • SCHREIBER RESIDENT UPDATES
  • COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT
  • IMPACTED TOWNSHIP SERVICES
  • RESOURCE LINKS

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care:

The following Township Facilities are CLOSED to the public until further notice:

    • Fitness Room
    • Saunas
    • Community Hall
    • Arena
    • Library
    • Court Services
    • Senior Centre
    • Gymnasium
    • Municipal Complex

Gym Memberships – For all current fitness room/gym memberships, the Township of Schreiber shall extend those affected gym memberships for each day that the 24-hour gym is closed.

OPEN Limited Hours – Landfill Hours (as of March 19, 2020) – Saturdays – 10am to 4pm and Wednesdays – 1pm to 5pm

All essential municipal services will be maintained as well as continuity of governance and business operations.

Property Taxes & Water Bills

The Schreiber Municipal Complex will be OPEN for phone calls only during our regular business hours – Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Tax and Water payments are still being accepted through the following means:

      • Electronic means (telephone, online, or mobile banking)
      • In person at your financial institution
      • Mail or Courier (cheque or money order (post office); do not send cash)

Ensure that the amount on the cheque reflects the exact owing, and include the remittance portion of your tax and water bill. Note that payments are processed on business days only.

      • www.ontario.ca/coronavirus – The Ontario Ministry of Health reports on the status of cases in Ontario each morning at 10:30 am.
      • www.TBDHU.COM/coronavirus – The Health Unit’s website contains links to credible sources of information for both the public and local health care providers.

Avoiding Layoffs

Work-Sharing Program – The maximum duration of the work sharing program has been extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks. This program is offered to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. For more information, you can visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing/eligibility.html

Wage Subsidy – The subsidy has been increased from 10% to 75% of salaries for up to three months retroactive to the 15th of March. A 30% decline in revenues, at least, must be present during the eligible periods in order to qualify for the Subsidy. For more information, please visit  https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/wage-subsidy.html

For those who do not apply for the 75% wage subsidy the subsidy of 10% may still be available to you. For more information on the 10% subsidy, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/frequently-asked-questions-wage-subsidy-small-businesses.html

Access to Credit

Canada Emergency Business Account – Providing interest free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and non-proficts to assist in covering operating costs while revenues have been reduced. Organizations must have paid between $50,000 and $1 Million in payroll during 2019 to qualify. Aditional details are not yet available and are scheduled to be released early to mid April. Interested businesses are encouraged to working with current financial institutions.

For additional details and information on more Canadian programs you can visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) COVID-19 supports – Federal Government

Small and Medium Enterprise Loan — Will enable up to 40B in lending, supporting through Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank; intended for SME’s that require help to meet cash flow, guaranteed loans for small businesses.
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/programs/financial-sector-policy/business-credit-availability-program.html

    • Export Development Canada will provide guarantees to financial institutions so that they can issue new operating credit and cash flow term loans up to 6.25M to businesses

Business Development Canada Co-Lending Program for SME’s  https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19

    • This program provides term loans for operational and liquidity needs of businesses; provides 3 types of loans depending on the revenue of businesses. 80% of financed amount provided by BDC and the remaining 20% by your financial institution.  More details on this are expected in the coming days by financial institutions.

Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses

    • The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans to commercial property owners, who will in turn lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April, May, June. Further details to be released in the near future.

Canadian Emergency Business Account (update)– https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/programs/financial-sector-policy/business-credit-availability-program.html#a1

    • CEBA provides credit for small businesses; 100% funded by Government of Canada.
    • Eligibility for the program has been expanded- it is now available to businesses which paid between 20,000 and 1.5M in total payroll in 2019 and operating as of March 1, 2020. This includes smaller (micro) businesses and not for profits. It replaces the previous payroll range of 50,000 to 1M
    • Under CEBA, financial institutions will be able to provide interest free credit of up to 40,000 to eligible businesses.
    • If the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022 – 25% up to 10K will be forgiven.
    • Small businesses and not for profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans.

Canada- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund – Northern Ontario (RRRF)

In Northern Ontario, the program is being delivered through FedNor with a total allocation of 49.5M for Northern Ontario.

This program is intended to support a) businesses, including Indigenous businesses, that have not qualified or been rejected from other Canada- COVID support programs and b) not-for-profit organizations that support businesses in Northern Ontario. There are clear eligible and non-eligible costs in the eligibility document and maximum funding will not normally exceed $250,000.

Program Press Release: https://www.canada.ca/en/fednor/news/2020/05/covid-19-fednor-launches-regional-relief-and-recovery-fund-to-support-local-economies.html

Eligibility Requirements and Application Information:  https://fednor.gc.ca/eic/site/fednor-fednor.nsf/eng/fn04592.html#6

Important: The program opens May 13 2020, with applications being accepted until the funds run out, once the funds are fully allocated, applications will no longer be accepted.

Ontario and Canada Helping Businesses Go Digital

$57 million investment will be made in Digital Main Street in order to help businesses reopen, recover and grow long after COVID-19.

Through the $57 million contribution to the Digital Main Street platform, businesses will be able to take advantage of three new programs in order to support their digital transformation:

    • shopHERE powered by Google will leverage Ontario's strengths by hiring highly skilled and trained students to build and support the launch of online stores for businesses that previously did not have the capacity to do so themselves. The core goal will be to help small businesses compete and grow, in a world that is increasingly online, and help them recover as quickly as possible following COVID-19.
    • Digital Main Street Grant will help main street small businesses be digitally more effective. Through a $2,500 grant administered by the Ontario BIA Association, small businesses will be able to adopt new technologies and embrace digital marketing. Municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) can apply for a Digital Service Squad grant, which will allow them to establish teams to provide personalized, one-on-one support.
    • Future-Proofing Main Street will provide specialized and in-depth digital transformation services and support that helps existing main-street firms adapt to changes in their sector and thrive in the new economy. By leveraging teams of digital marketing professionals and talented students, these firms will be able to create new online business models, develop and implement digital and e-commerce marketing strategies, and maximize digital tools, platforms and content.

For more information on either of these three programs, please see Digital Main Street

The Recovery Activation Program, operated through the Toronto Region Board of Trade, will help businesses grow and digitize their operations with custom consulting sessions, online resource sharing, learning webcasts and business planning. This program will be offered province-wide and will beat no cost to businesses.

About 60 percent of Ontario's small enterprises have a website, and only seven percent have an online payment solution. Digitally, Canadian businesses are estimated to be two years behind their U.S. counterparts.

In response to this, the Ontario government is going to be providing significant support to small business. Along with the Digital Main Street platform, the province is investing an additional $150 million in rural broadband which will help open the digital road for many Ontario small businesses. In addition, the province has proposed a ban on commercial evictions to help businesses that have been impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19.