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COVID-19 Business Updates

In order to protect clients, visitors and employees, we have decided to close our physical offices until further notice. All services are still available and staff may be reached via email and cell phone; however, all in-person workshops and events have been canceled.

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Have Questions? Check out this COVID-19 BUSINESS FAQ page Online Webinars for Businesses from Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas and more… Key Points for Businesses and Individuals including a Complete list of COVID-19 related Governmental Programs from Cody & James CPA Navigating the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) during COVID-19 from Savino Human Resources Partners

#TeamPTBO is reviewing business concerns on a regular basis and sharing collective communications with all levels of government to help create meaningful recovery programming to assist our local business community during these challenging times.

For up to date information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan visit:

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19:

Peterborough Public Health is actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and collaborating with local hospitals, primary care, emergency services, the Ministry of Health, provincial and national colleagues.

If you think you have symptoms related to COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care:  Self Assessment Tool

For the City of Peterborough’s actions related to COIVD-19, please read more here.

For the County of Peterborough’s actions regarding COVID-19, please read here.

For the Government of Canada’s official statement and COVID-19 updates regarding the Canadian economy, please read more here.

For Tourism Businesses:

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (PKT) continues to work with the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). Each week, TIAO will be issuing a new survey to track tourism-based concerns in real-time. This information is shared directly with the provincial and federal ministries. 

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is also tracking COVID-19’s impact on the tourism industry across the county. Read here for daily updates from TIAC.

Tourism businesses are encouraged to report any impacts to TIAO through a new survey.

5 Steps for Support: Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Business Flow Chart

BDC announces additional measures to provide relief for Canadian entrepreneurs

Business Development Bank of Canada: BDC Peterborough

New measures include working capital, payment postponements and rate reductions. Effective immediately, new relief measures for qualified businesses include:

  • Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and payment postponements for up to 6 months for qualifying businesses;
  • Postponement of payments for up to six months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less
  • Reduced rates on new eligible loans
  • Additional details regarding Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) measures, including industry specific support, to be announced in the coming days.

BDC Resources for Businesses

#TeamPTBO Partner Resources

Covid -19 Online Business Resource Portal

We are here for you #PTBOWe have designed an online resource for our local Peterborough businesses to help you through these uncertain times. From Business Relief Measures to webinars and Employment Insurance information, we are here for you #PTBO.If you have any questions please do not hesitate to connect with #StrengtheningCommunity #LoveLocalPtbo #TeamPtbo

Posted by Peterborough Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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When you purchase gift cards from your favourite shops, restaurants, pubs and services on this website, you will receive the gift cards via mail directly from the businesses. You can redeem your gift cards when the businesses reopen.

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Community Futures Peterborough Offers Support for Business Clients Impacted by the Coronavirus COVID-19  
As COVID-19 continues to impact Canadians and area business customers, Community Futures Peterborough is taking steps to support their clients during this time by offering an option to defer their April 2020 loan payment.  
“We are experiencing an uncertain time and want our clients to know we are here to support their business,” says Grant Seabrooke, Vice-Chair of Community Futures Board of Directors. “Our priority is to ensure our clients know we are here to help.”  
Community Futures Peterborough currently has 147 clients with over 9 million dollars invested in community businesses. 


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