Restrictions Lifting, Winter Parking Changes, Black Entrepreneur Loans

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In this edition:

News and Government Updates
  • Ontario: Easing of Public Health Measures  Begins Today, Ontario Business Cost Rebate Program, Summary of Government Supports
  • Local: City Considering Winter Parking Changes, Tourism Kingston Campaigns
Awards, Funding, and Support Member Wins
  • Kudos to 1dea, Stacey MacDonald, and many other members!
Member Benefits Reminder
  • Dorey & Tolgyesi, and Benefits Connect
Easing of Public Health Measures Begins Today

Effective today, Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions, while maintaining protective measures, including but not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
    • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
    • Shopping malls;
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
    • Cinemas;
    • Meeting and event spaces;
    • Recreational amenities and amusement parks, including water parks;
    • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions; and
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Religious services, rites, or ceremonies.
  • Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements continue to apply in existing settings.

The government also specified that individuals attending indoor events at a sporting or concert venue, a movie theatre, or other gaming establishments will be allowed to eat and drink, as long as they remain seated.

Ontario News Release
Ontario Business Cost Rebate Program
The Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program supports eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity due to recently announced public health measures.

Eligible businesses will receive rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to capacity limits or a requirement to temporarily close.

The rebate amount will be 50 per cent up to 100 per cent of these costs depending on the degree to which the business is subject to public health restrictions.

This program is targeted to businesses that are the most financially impacted by provincially-mandated public health measures.

Summary of Government Supports
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has sent a list of supports in one handy document. The list includes supports for businesses and individuals, and looks at both federal and provincial programs.
OCC Document
City Considering Winter Parking Changes

City council will consider shortening the city’s winter parking ban to just January and February. The current ban is from the beginning of December to the end of March. A decision on a pilot is expected at tomorrow night's council meeting.

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Tourism Kingston Campaigns

Kingstonlicious is back! This initiative helps support our restaurants during these difficult economic times. See a variety of prix fixe takeout options at

Additionally, a reminder if you are booking a staycation or if you have out of town customers coming: head to before booking to find out how to receive a $100 VISA gift card for every night you stay in town. And keep your receipts to take advantage of the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit!


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Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund
February is Black History Month, so we're adding this reminder about The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund.

This program is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and several financial institutions. It will provide loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

Applications are open now.
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All in For Equity
Rogers Media is giving away $5 million over 5 years in free advertising and creative services to support local businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disabilities, or women.

To learn more and apply, visit

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