Kawartha Chamber Helping Local Businesses Sell Online

Supporting Local

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has launched a website to support businesses in Peterborough County looking to sell gift cards online. Officially launched on April 8, the website kawarthachamber.ca/shop was built by local agency acorn30 in partnership with the Kawartha Chamber as a way for the community to support local business during these times.

COVID-19 Affected Services & Closures

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

Updated: 3:10 pm, August 27th, 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. ←


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.

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: