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The South Huron Chamber of Commerce (SHCC) supports and advances the interests of the business community in South Huron and area. Through advocacy and outreach we help the business community to thrive and make South Huron a better place to work and live.  We are a non-profit organization financed by or membership dues and fundraising. Our volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of local business members and community stakeholders.

Our Mission

“Serving as a voice of South Huron business promoting economic growth, increasing community prosperity and pride”

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Did you know… 

That as a member of the South Huron Chamber of Commerce, you are also a member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
What does this mean for you? It means that you have access to the Affinity Program, which is an exclusive member discount program that can be used to benefit your business, such as:
  • Responsible Cannabis Use
  • BarterPay
  • The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
  • First Data
  • Grand and Toy
  • Purolator
For more information about the Affinity Program check out the following link:
 
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Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

Province Issues Stay-at-Home Order and Introduces Enhanced Enforcement Measures to Reduce Mobility

January 12, 2021

Office of the Premier

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Ontario Small Business Support Grant now open 

Funding for small businesses that was promised late last year with the announcement of the second provincial shutdown is now available.
 
The Ontario Small Business Support Grant offers a one-time minimum support of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small business business owners. 
 
All provincial grants are available on one site. Register your business once and find if you are available for any of the four grants.
 
Ontario Small Business Support Grant – The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will help small businesses with less than 100 employees that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown, effective Dec. 26. Read the grant guide here.
 
Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees.
 
Property Tax Rebate Grant and Energy Cost Rebate Grant for businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses in respect of property taxes and energy bills. 
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Province-wide shutdown rules a little confusing?

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The province has created a PowerPoint document that highlights in red the changes since the last province-wide shutdown.
 
For example, did you know under the provincial emergency, all provincial offenses officers, including police officers, will have the authority to disperse crowds indoors as well as outdoors? In the scenario where a group of more than five people who are not from the same household is gathering outdoors, they can be required to leave and the premise may be closed. Similar to the provision under the Re-Opening Ontario Act (ROA), individuals have a duty to identify when a police officer has reasonable and probable grounds that an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) has been committed. 
 
Additionally, enforcement personnel will have the authority to issue tickets to individuals, employees, and corporations in retail settings and businesses if found not complying with an order (e.g. staff member or customer not wearing a face covering.) 
 
Review the document here.

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Customer, government cash makes the difference now

Cash, not debt, is the answer for small businesses impacted by the provincial shutdowns, says Ontario Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rocco Rossi in this interview with BNN Bloomberg.
 
“At this point, the only thing that’s going to make a difference is cash. Whether that comes from us as consumers buying local, clicking local, curbside, takeout, delivery, or it’s cash from the government, that’s the only thing that’s going to work because small business in particular, the segment most at risk, really cannot take on anymore debt,” he said.
 
He also said called for contact tracing to show where the spread is and lock down individuals rather than lock down society.
 
Listen to the full interview here.

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Click here for the Membership application 2021

 

 

 

 

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