Parking Enforcement, Energy Rebate Program Update, Lucky Lime Clinic is Warming up the Community & more
Happy March everyone!
This week we saw many of you celebrating the first day of March on your social media feeds and introducing new spring window displays - these were both welcome sights! Anything that spreads a little cheer and positivity is great for encouraging customers to come downtown so keep up the great work! The BIA is working on a few exciting Easter-themed promotions – stay tuned for more on this next week!
Please share with your customers that on April 1st, the Town of Orangeville will resume enforcement of downtown’s 2-hour limit for on-street parking. Vehicles parked on the street in excess of 2 hours may be ticketed and enforcement will be in effect at all times, including evenings and weekends.
Please encourage your customers to park in one of downtown’s conveniently located, FREE public parking lots should they plan to stay downtown for longer than 2 hours.
We have created a parking poster that you can display to notify your customers. We will be distributing these in the next few weeks or you can print your own - the printable poster is here.
You can view a map of the free public parking lots here.
Dufferin County Presents an International Women’s Day Event - “Optimizing Women’s Well-being During a Pandemic”
Join Dr. Tina Montreuil, clinical psychologist, mental health expert, speaker and consultant in an open conversation about women's well-being in a pandemic.
Dr. Tina will discuss the challenges that women face in the heart of a pandemic, and will provide strategies that can be utilized by women as they navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, and the adversities that have come along with it. The session will be interactive in nature, providing attendees with an opportunity to pose questions to Dr. Montreuil.
This event promises to provide women of Dufferin County an opportunity to come together and celebrate all that has been accomplished in 2020, and acknowledge the challenges overcome in these unprecedented times.
Monday March 8th, 8 – 9 p.m.
To register please visit:
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program Update
The Government of Ontario recently simplified the eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) making it easier for those struggling with their electricity and natural gas bills to access financial assistance. Through CEAP-SB, eligible small businesses and registered charities can receive a one-time, on-bill credit to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.
Amounts of support have also been increased. A small business or registered charity can now receive up to $1500 towards their electricity and natural gas bills.
CEAP-SB is funded by Ontario and delivered by electricity and natural gas utilities and unit sub-meter providers (USMPs). To apply, contact your utility or USMP directly as each may have a unique approach for application in-take. CEAP-SB funding is limited with applications processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visit www.oeb.ca/ceap for more information.
Governmental Financial Support and Resources
Looking for governmental support & resources?
Here’s an up-to-date list to help you find what you are looking for!
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP-SB)
“It’s all about giving back”- Lucky Lime Clinic is our Good News Story this Week
Lucky Lime is helping to warm up the Orangeville community, providing cleaned, sanitized mittens outside of their clinic on Broadway.
“We hope people will just grab what they need,” explained receptionist Katherine McKee. “It’s a small town, we all know each other, we might as well just help out where we can.”
If you would like to help, the clinic is currently accepting donations of mittens and gloves which they clean and sanitize before distributing.
Well done Lucky Lime! You can read the full story here.