Finance Minister Phillips and MPP Piccini Eye Economic Recovery in Northumberland-Peterborough South

Published on July 03, 2020

Visit to local businesses to discuss economic recovery and the unique impacts of COVID-19 on our community, making sure people get the support they need to succeed as progress continues on the path to recovery.

COBOURG, ON – Today, David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, hosted the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and Chair of Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee. Minister Phillips and MPP Piccini visited local businesses to discuss reopening our province safely and economic recovery in response to COVID-19.


The Province previously released A Framework for Reopening our Province that outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures. The Province has entered Stage 2 of the framework, a regional approach to reopening, based on trends of key public health indicators. The approach reflects the evolving public health situation provincially and in each region. Stage 2 is a critical next step in the path to long-term economic recovery.


“Today, Minister Phillips and myself saw firsthand how people and employers continue to act and work in the ways required to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said MPP Piccini. “Businesses in our communities have implemented strong workplace health and safety guidance to allow our local economy to safely restart and begin to successfully recover.”


Minister Phillips started by visiting Gift of Art, a not-for-profit organization based in Newcastle. The business is an art gallery, a gift shop, and a teaching facility for local artists and residents. Minister Phillips and MPP Piccini discussed the important role of the arts in recovery and the local economy.


Wilmot Orchards also hosted Minister Phillips and MP Piccini for a tour of the farm where they discussed new marketing and business measures taken in response to COVID-19. The conversation included discussing important issues facing the agriculture sector for fruit and vegetable growers, and the Agri-stability program in Ontario.


Another small business included on the tour was Brocanier’s in downtown Cobourg. Minister Phillips and MPP Piccini heard firsthand feedback about provincial supports for small businesses and the Digital Main Street program.


The tour wrapped up at Venture13 where Producer Alliance discussed face shields and personal protective equipment (PPE) production in Northumberland. Producer Alliance is one of many businesses who pivoted to PPE production to respond to critical need in the fight against COVID-19. The volunteer organization of local industry demonstrates the Ontario Spirit that is strong in Northumberland-Peterborough South.


“I commend MPP Piccini for his leadership in bringing the Minister of Finance and Chair of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to our community to hear directly from the Northumberland Economic Recovery Task Force Co-Chairs about initial recommendations to support local business recovery from the pandemic. Our businesses exemplify the Ontario Spirit; they have demonstrated enormous innovation, perseverance and community-mindedness during this challenging time. We appreciate this opportunity to share important insight directly from our business community about the pressures they are facing, the short-term measures that would have an immediate helpful impact and the longer-term initiatives that will support local economic recovery.” Bob Sanderson, Warden, Northumberland County

“While we’ve all been impacted by COVID-19, each sector and each region of the province has experienced it differently,” said MPP Piccini. “That’s why it’s so important to hear directly from people and businesses on the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Northumberland-Peterborough South to make sure we know what is needed in our communities.”


The Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee is continuing to consult with people across all regions and sectors of the province to inform the approach to Ontario’s economic recovery. Ontario will continue to work with all levels of government to address the unique impacts of COVID-19 on each community, making sure people get the support they need to succeed as progress continues on the path to recovery.


“To effectively reopen communities and restart the economy on the path to Stage 3: Recover, collaboration is essential,” said MPP Piccini. “Our common focus will be on creating jobs and opportunity across the province, while working to restore long-term prosperity for the benefit of every individual and family in Ontario.”


The government will provide additional guidance on how the province will move into Stage 3. These decisions will be made with people’s health as the top priority and based on the lessons learned in Stage 1 and 2. Based on public health advice, Stage 3 will focus on reopening more workplaces and community spaces, while carefully and gradually relaxing restrictions, and sustaining and expanding workplace health and safety guidance.


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QUICK FACTS
 The Digital Main Street program's $57 million investment will support up to 22,900 Ontario businesses in accessing new opportunities by creating and enhancing their online presence. It will expand their reach to new customers in and beyond Ontario, including offering grants up to $2,500 per small business to help them adopt new technologies.


 Ontario is investing $150 million to launch the Improving Connectivity in Ontario program to fund broadband infrastructure projects in rural, remote and underserved regions of Ontario. This is part of the province's $315 million initiative Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan.


 Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 is a first step in its response to COVID-19 and includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs.


 It also will make available $10 billion for people and businesses through interest and penalty relief measures and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.


 The Ontario government launched the “Ontario Together” Web Portal, appealing to Ontario's manufacturers, entrepreneurs and innovators to provide essential supplies and equipment to support frontline workers in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ontario government continues investing in local manufacturers in order to keep frontline workers and communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. More innovative businesses are receiving financial support through the Ontario Together Fund to re-tool their processes and increase their capacity to make personal protective equipment (PPE).


 Ontario is supporting business owners, workers and the economic recovery of the province by launching the Workplace PPE Supplier Directory. It provides businesses with information on personal protective equipment suppliers so they can keep their employees, customers and clients safe as they resume their operations.


 By leveraging the success of our Ontario Together portal, and our access to supplier information, the government is helping businesses and other organizations prepare to get back to work by suggesting they visit ontario.ca/PPE, our new Workplace PPE Supplier Directory. The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory will be home to an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply personal protective equipment (PPE).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Find out if your small business is eligible for rent assistance A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 2
Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
Access the Workplace PPE Supplier Directory to find supplies for your business
Ontario Together: help fight coronavirus
Digital Main Street: Programs for Ontario Businesses
Ontario Improving Broadband and Cell Service for Rural Communities
Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19
COVID-19: Support for Businesses