PHASE I – Recovery from Covid - Small Measured, Safe Steps

The provincial government is taking a slow, measured approach to recovering the province’s economy. Every decision that benefits the economy is weighed against the public health challenge of keeping a lid on COVID-19. While opening retail stores to a limited extent, the consistent direction from the Ontario Government and supported by Westport Council is stay home when possible, wash hands often, practice physical distancing of at least 6 ft between people, wear a mask when out in the public and avoid non-essential travel. The opening of retail stores for pick-up and curb side delivery on Monday, May 11 was a positive sign for economic recovery. This was authorized by the government becau

UPDATE – Basketball Court, Harbour and Public Washrooms Open May 23, 2020

Recent changes to the Province’s Emergency Orders have made it possible to open up some outdoor recreational facilities in the Village of Westport. The basketball court at Lockwood Park was opened today, however physical distancing restrictions are still in effect as is the maximum of 5 people in one location. Staff will be on duty at the Harbour beginning Saturday. The public washrooms will be open at the Information Centre on Spring St although the Information Centre itself will closed. This is an unprecedented year of challenges for the municipality – balancing public safety, economic viability and government regulations during the pandemic. We have begun the slow and safe recovery of

Ontario Government Resources to Help with Reopening

Phase One of the Province’s plan to reopen the economy begins tomorrow for several services and businesses. I am reposting this link to share the government guidelines for over 60 kinds of businesses. If you need suggestions to help with reopening your business, open the link and scroll down to find your business category. Call me if you need any help.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Through Valley Heartland CFDC

Here is a new Government of Canada COVID-19 support plan – hopefully it will benefit some of you. If you need assistance working your way through the material, please give me a call. The Government of Canada has introduced a number of measures to support businesses, organizations, workers and communities through the COVID-19 global challenge, as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. To offer additional support to businesses, the organizations that support them and the communities in which they operate, the Government of Canada announced over $1.7 billion in additional funding for targeted measures. This includes the new national $962-million Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, wh

Stage 1 of Framework to Reopen Province - More Details for Businesse

The government has provided additional details to assist you while you consider reopening your businesses. Just a reminder, the number of people allowed to gather has not changed – it still cannot exceed 5. I have bolded a couple of categories that apply to the Village, however included the list for your information. As always, call me anytime – 613-273-9195. I may not have the answer, but I can make some calls to assist. Yesterday the government announced details of stage one of A Framework to Reopen Our Province, which will begin on May 19th, provided that public health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction. Workplaces and services that may reopen in stage one are well-positi

Ontario Starts to Re-open for Business

MEDIA RELEASE: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit On May 14, The Ontario Government announced some re-opening strategies for businesses and a plan to start Stage 1 on Tuesday May 18. The list of businesses opening this weekend can be found on the Ontario website. The Health Unit has recently published a fact sheet with some guidelines that will help to get your business thinking about public health measures that need to be taken when re-opening. This fact sheet can be found on COVID-19 page of our website. If you are a business owner and you’re wondering if you can open, we strongly encourage you to seek clarification with the Ontario Essential Services Line at 1-888-444-3659

Westport in Bloom Have Been Busy at the Spring!

Thank you for making some important changes at the spring. Old gardens have been replaced and a new pollinator garden has been established. This is a wonderful improvement that will have positive effects on our environment. Bring on the heat!

Daffodils Planted by Volunteers in Bloom

Last year, during the kick off to Dream Big Westport, I suggested that volunteers could take on the challenge of beautifying the entrances to the Village by planting spring bulbs. One group took up the challenge, and here is the result of their first year’s efforts on Concession. Thank you! Any other groups or families that want to spend a little time planting bulbs this fall? There are three other entry points/signs that are just begging for some TLC. I pledge a personal cash donation to help cover the costs of the bulbs.

Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

News Release Residential, farm and small business customers continue to benefit from temporary relief measure May 6, 2020 7:00 A.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The rate relief is inte

Guidance on Health and Safety for Curbside Pickup and Delivery Services during COVID-19 This document is provided by the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. The link was included in the province’s announcement on May 6 that certain retail stores could open for curbside pickup and delivery beginning on May 12. I have provided the text as well as the link to assist your planning and preparations. OVERVIEW This is not a legal document and employers are advised to seek legal advice. Employers and constructors have obligations to protect workers from hazards in the workplace as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations and

County Wide Fire Ban Lifted

The burn ban affecting Westport will be lifted as of May 8, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. As per by-law provisions, burning is not allowed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and a Burn Permit is required for both container/campfires and open air burns. Permits may be obtained by contacting Town Hall at 613-273-2191 and providing the information necessary to complete the application.

Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19

Business Owners – This is good news!!!! However, please review the bolded portions of the below News Release as there are conditions that you must meet in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements. Please call if you have questions. News Release May 6, 2020 Retailers to follow health and safety guidelines TORONTO ― The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety gui

Great News!!! Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines

News Release May 1, 2020 Steady Decrease in COVID-19 Cases Required Before Beginning Next Stage of Reopening TORONTO ― The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects. Today’s announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. The Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided general recommendations on ho

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