How to access support for your business

To ensure the tourism sector in Ontario receives the support it needs during the current shutdowns, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, is hosting regional-specific webinars that outline supports offered by the government, including:

  1. Small Business Support Grants of up to $20,000
  2. Property Tax and Energy Bill Rebates
  3. Main Street Relief Grant for PPE Support of up to $1,000
  4. Not For Profit Support with Ontario Trillium Foundation (additional $100 million in COVID-19 supports beyond the $103 million annual budget)
  5. Support for Arts Organizations (additional $25 million in COVID-19 supports beyond the $60 million budget)

The Ontario’s Highlands Regional Business Support webinar will be held on Thursday, February 4 at 10:00 am. Pre-registration is required prior to February 3 at 4:00 pm.

Tourism Development Officer Melissa Marquardt advises the Minister will review the various support programs available, including how to access and apply using the TPON (Transfer Payment Ontario Portal). Recognizing there are a number of programs currently available, Marquardt suggests you attend this webinar if you are unsure which program is right for you, if your business qualifies or if you have questions about the application process.

Click HERE to register  

Gardening and Farming Societies: Are you eligible for OMAFRA funding?

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will provide funding to eligible Ontario Agricultural and Horticultural Societies. This funding is meant to help protect and support these Societies through the next phase ofCOVID-19 economic recovery. The Initiative features two funding streams:

  1. Base Support Funding: Eligible Agricultural and Horticultural Societies, respectively, will receive a one-time payment to support their continued delivery of agricultural and horticultural education across Ontario.
  2. Hardship Funding for Agricultural Societies: Provides eligible Agricultural Societies with funding, based on reported gate receipts from 2019, in order to cover operating losses and expenses related to building capacity for operating through COVID-19.

All eligible societies will receive the base support payment Mar.31. For the hardship funding, agricultural societies must submit attestation documents by Feb.8.

For more information call Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300 or email ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

Win prizes while you enjoy the outdoors

Snowdown: A snow/ice sculpture competition sponsored by Madawaska Valley and Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards runs until Mar.12. Above an early entry (photo Facebook/MadawaskaValley) With $600 in prizes, snow can win you dough. Submit entries on either township’s Facebook page or send by email to: communitydevelopment@khrtownship.ca  OR  recreation@madawaskavalley.ca

Outdoor rink competition from the Barry’s Bay Recreation Committee: Feb.15 deadline to submit photos/videos of your AWESOME outdoor rink to bbrcmail@gmail.com  Open to residents of Madawaska Valley, Brudenell Lyndoch & Raglan, Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards, North Algona Wilberforce, South Algonquin. Prize winners will be selected by Celebrity Judges: NHL alumni Larry Trader and Rodney Schutt, and Pembroke Lumber Kings owner/coach Alex Armstrong.

This week’s COVID-19 test schedule

Remember to check our Classified/Notices page for the latest Test Schedule and other useful community information. LINK: https://madvalleycurrent.com/classified-notices-winter-2021/

Grief Support Group

Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care offers this free six-week Grief Support Group starting Feb 26th from 1-3 pm for anyone who has experienced the death of a special person. The Group provides you with a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental place to talk about your loss experience, share memories of your special person who died, and discuss grief related concerns. Depending on need and current COVID-19 restrictions, the course will be offered EITHER as an in-house socially-distanced group with a maximum of 6 people OR a virtual Grief Support Group via Zoom. Registrations accepted until Feb 19.  For details and to register, please call 613-756-3045, ext.350

Stratford Festival offers Live Viewing Parties for fans of the bard

From the films of recent Shakespeare productions The Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello, to a brand new series Undiscovered Sonnets and Up Close and Musical, there is something for everyone. Live Viewing Parties happen every Thursday night on the Stratford Festival YouTube channel beginning at 7 p.m. EST and will be available FREE for 36 hours. To subscribe, visit   https://www.youtube.com/stratfordfestival All of these and more will also be available to stream anytime on STRATFEST@HOME: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome

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