Mayor to the small business sector: 'We see you, we hear you'

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December 17th, 2020



The city is passing along $117,392 to 94 Burlington businesses.

Following a very successful first round of the program, Team Burlington (Burlington Economic Development, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Downtown Business Association, Aldershot Village BIA and Tourism Burlington), in partnership with the City of Burlington and POST Promise is pleased to announce that $117,392 will be awarded across 94 Burlington businesses in the second round of the Burlington Safe Restart COVID-19 Business Relief Grant.

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The small business sector has been badly hurt by Covid implications.

Efforts were made to ensure Round 2 of the Burlington Safe Restart Grant aligned with the provincial program in order to help small businesses get access to the capital they need without duplication. For this second round of funding, Team Burlington adjusted the assessment criteria to ensure alignment was achieved and deliver the funds to the businesses that have been the hardest hit due to COVID-19.

The Burlington Safe Restart COVID-19 Business Relief Grant was a direct outcome of the Burlington Economic Recovery Network (BERN), which aimed to create and deliver an innovative new program that would provide financial support to Burlington’s small business community during COVID-19.

The program is also proud to partner with POST Promise, a private sector-led initiative, for support to provide essential information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All grant recipients are required to make the promise through the POST Promise initiative.

Recipients in the second round come from a range of industries including salons, fitness facilities, retail stores and many more, all of which have been dramatically impacted due to COVID-19. A full list of companies supported will be published when it is available.

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Mayor Meed Ward has done everything she can to bring support to the small business community.

Burlington Mayor, Marianne Meed Ward, who has worked hard to come up with resources that would materially aid the small business sector said: “COVID-19 has proven to be incredibly challenging for our business community. Our local small businesses remains resilient and respectful, and for that I am incredibly proud. Even though up to $2,500 was available, our business community only asked for what they needed and made it possible to support more applicants.:

In thanking the grant recipients for their tireless commitment the Mayor said “. We see you, and we support you.”

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1 comment to Mayor to the small business sector: ‘We see you, we hear you’

  • Penny Hersh

    I am glad that the mayor “sees and hears” the small business sector.

    How about seeing and hearing what is happening in her community with regards to those residents who are dealing with Covid 19.

    The latest being the letter sent to ask that not more restrictions be applied to Halton, while our hospital asks for more lockdowns. A great divide don’t you think?

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    A Message from the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Norfolk Brant Burlington Hospital Presidents and CEOs
    Posted on Thursday December 17, 2020
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    Today, on behalf of patients and healthcare workers, we are adding our voice to the Ontario Hospital Association’s call for further decisive action by the Government of Ontario regarding lockdown measures.

    Every possible policy measure to avoid a crisis should now be invoked to assure safe access to care for patients and protect staff and physicians working in hospital and community care settings.

    COVID infections and hospitalizations are rising rapidly and show no signs of abating.

    Hospitals teams are trying to address surgical and procedural backlogs from the past several months. They are also supporting residents in other community settings.

    As a result, our staffing levels are being significantly challenged and are precarious.

    The expected surge of infections post-holiday, combined with the known rise in seasonal illness we see annually at this time of year is adding grave cause for concern.

    Our hospital workforce and systems were not designed to manage these sustained pressures.

    As hospitals prepare to cancel care at the direction of the province, it is imperative all measures are taken to reduce community transmission.


    Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Norfolk Brant Burlington Hospital Presidents & CEOs:

    Dr. David McNeil, President & CEO, Brant Community Healthcare System

    Sharon Moore, Interim President & CEO, Haldimand War Memorial Hospital

    Rob MacIsaac, President & CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences

    Lynne Pay, CEO, Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre

    Eric Vandewall, President & CEO, Joseph Brant Hospital

    Lynn Guerriero, President, Niagara Health

    Lucy Bonanno, President & CEO, Norfolk General Hospital and West Haldimand General Hospital

    Melissa Farrell, President, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton