COVID-19 Affected Services & Closures

COVID-19 Affected Services & Closures in the Kawartha Chamber’s Primary Service Area

Updated: 4:00 pm, April 9, 2020

We have compiled a list of local businesses and organizations – who is open, closed or offering limited services and what this means – for the Kawartha Chamber’s local service area. We will be adding and updating as information becomes available. To help us keep this current please email changes to info@kawarthachamber.ca  and for those not already on the list, but would like to be, please send us info.

Please find updated list here. ←

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Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) – A Visitor Tax

Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) – A Visitor Tax

In 2018 the Provincial government passed a regulation allowing for a MAT. Many municipalities across Ontario have passed by-laws to implement this tax for transient accommodation, which is paid by the visitor. Each municipality determines which transient accommodation is included – hotels, inns, motels, resorts, B&Bs, trailer parks, campgrounds, and/or short term rentals (such as Airbnb). Here is the Provincial Legislation regarding the tax.
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Pandemic Preparedness

Article Courtesy of: Canadian Chamber of Commerce 

In today’s global world, systems are more interconnected than ever. It stands to reason then, if a pandemic strikes in one part of the world, the opportunities for it to spread are that much greater.

Pandemic Preparedness for Business

Should COVID-19 escalate in Canada, some of the things businesses need to plan for include:

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5 Tips for Decluttering Your Office for More Peace of Mind

I have a friend who used to say “never have more personal things in your office than you can tuck under your arm.” He believed in a fast getaway and joked about never wanting to have to pack up a box and be escorted out of the building. That friend went on to open his own business and I wonder if he kept to his rule being able to tuck all of his worldly office possessions under one arm.

If you’re like me, you break the one-armed rule with abandon and while you may have piles of papers all over your desk, you know what each pile is.

However, recently there’s been a trend toward minimization and several studies have suggested that minimizing clutter in the workspace also helps minimize stress. So if you’re feeling anxious at work and are ready to take on a project, we have some suggestions. Let’s get to that office, storage room, or work area, with a few tips from the experts.

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OCC Ontario Economic Report 2020

New Research Identifies Opportunities to Support Small Business Success

Released February 26, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) fourth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER) reveals opportunities where both business and government can focus to create an environment more conducive to small business success.

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