Support for Businesses and Individuals
The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has created a new Business Continuity & Economic Recovery Plan to help deal with the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Plan, created to address the continuing need for the Town to operate at the high level expected by residents and businesses, outlines how Town services are currently being conducted and what economic measures need to be implemented to avoid serious financial hardships.
The Business Continuity & Economic Recovery Plan also outlines plans for moving forward with the Town’s new Economic Strategy and to update Council on Downtown Stouffville business grants which will take COVID-19 concerns into account.
The Town is also preparing a multi-year business campaign with local partners to help post-COVID-19.
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
Tracking Programs offered by Upper Tier Governments
The Town is actively engaged in tracking COVID-19 Business Assistance Programs as announced by upper tier governments. There is usually a “lag time” between a program being announced and being implemented; sometimes measured in weeks. We are doing our best to summarize these programs for you on a weekly basis. Click the link to see the latest multi-page PDF document.
Linking Businesses to Resources
- The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting companies locally and globally. The Northern Six (N6) municipalities of York Region (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket and Stouffville) and the York Region Economic Strategy Office are working together to assist local businesses through this crisis. We invite businesses to fill out the form below to request information on the changing resources available to companies in Ontario https://app.tieit.io/content/page/496/Whitchurch-StouffvilleN6Collaboration
- York Region Economic Development has developed and maintains an extensive list of linked resources for businesses http://www.yorklink.ca/business-resources-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
- The Stouffville Chamber has developed and maintains an extensive list of linked resources for businesses. https://stouffvillechamber.ca/federal-and-provincial-resources-for-business-during-covid-19/
- Mayor Iain Lovatt maintains a Facebook site that contains valuable news and commentary. https://www.facebook.com/mayorlovatt/
The Voice of Business
Economic Development has been busy helping the Town implement rapid response measures. Some of these are:
- The design and creation of Pedestrian Diversion and Patio Zones in Downtown Stouffville;
- The design and permitting of Shopping Centre parking lot patios;
- The design and development of a new business incentive program, the Town-wide CIP;
- Launching the 2021-2025 Economic Development & Tourism Strategy update;
- Investigating a pedestrian gateway through Downtown Stouffville;
- Promoting programs opportunities for businesses like ShopHere and the YR Food Incubator; and
- Marketing Town events, such as the Farmers Market, by way of the L4A website.
SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS
Ensuring Public Safety
The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is collaboratively working with York Region Public Health, provincial, and national health agencies to monitor COVID-19 and to share information and resources. Our By-Law is working collaboratively with York Regional Police to ensure that residents are following social-distancing rules. The Town has also made decisions to cancel events and keep facilities closed until June 30, 2020.
The Town’s Corporate Communications team has been working diligently to ensure messaging regarding COVID-19 and the effects it has on the community. Messaging includes media releases; daily COVID reports; livestream Council meetings; social media; OTR digital & print magazine.; newspaper ads; mobile road signs; weekly podcasts; and more.
Council and Town Staff are committed to remaining available to residents during this time of uncertainty.
To further help with food security issues, the Town announced The Stouffville Community Care Network, a web page tool. “We have received countless emails, messages and phone calls from people in our community who want to help in one way or another,” said Mayor Lovatt, “this webpage connects residents in need of assistance safely and easily with those nearby who are willing to lend a hand.”
From grocery store and pharmacy pick-ups to hot meal delivery or just a friendly phone chat, this webpage can make the connections through a safe and secure platform to other community members wanting to provide assistance. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance or willing to provide help to our vulnerable residents, please register your interest at www.townofws.ca/communitycarenetwork. “This is how our community pulls together, put their heads together and bring ideas to life to assist each other when help is needed most,” said Lovatt.
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank provides food to those in need in our community. Contact https://wsfoodbank.ca. The Seed Exchange/Stouffville Area (search Facebook) was launched to give hope and a bit of “control” in this chaos; in the form of free seeds.
The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library launched a community check-in service, which complements the Stouffville Community Care Network launched by the Town on April 9.
The Library’s community check-in service enables residents to contact library staff regarding how the library can serve them during the closure. These inquiries can range from asking about online resources to chatting with library staff about books and films.
To register for this program, visit the Library’s website at www.wsplibrary.ca, click on the Community Check-in Service button, and complete the form. If you do not have access to a computer, call 905-642-7323 ext. 5222.
The Government of Canada is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with COVID-19 efforts. They are seeking volunteers to help with case tracking, case data collection health system surge capacity and more.
To learn more visit Canada’s National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
Grace Periods for Municipal Tax & Water Bill
Canada's Support for Individuals
In addition, the Town is following and maintaining a spreadsheet of assistance programs announced by the Government of Canada. We will attach new updates as they become available.