COVID-19 Community Updates

April 3, 2020 – The Province of Ontario has extended the timeline and adjusted the list of non-essential businesses required to close. Find the list of essential services here.

March 31, 2020 – Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak. More details here

March 28, 2020 – Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions. More information here

Local Services

Local Services – Open, Limited, Closed – Kawartha Chamber, compiled list of local services

ServiceOntario – Ontario has extended validation periods for driver, vehicle and carrier products health cards to reduce in-person visits to ServiceOntario

NOTICE: The ServiceOntario office in Lakefield is closed to the public until further notice. We thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. The province is extending validation periods for driver, vehicle and carrier products and services.

County of Peterborough: COVID-19 Response 
City of Peterborough: COVID-19 Response

Business Relief

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Government Announces Details
Ontario Joins Forces with the Private Sector to Fight COVID-19
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Results Revealed, New Survey Launched: March 26 PKED Media Release
Canada Emergency Response Benefit– taxable benefit to help workers and businesses
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses 
BDC & Federal Government Relief Measures
Community Futures Peterborough Offer Financial Support for Business Clients Impacted by the Coronavirus COVID-19
Rapid Policy Update: Canadian Chamber’s response to the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 response plan

Business Resources & Tools
Stop the Spread Business Information Line: The province has launched a toll-free line to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order.
Government of Canada: COVID-19 Site
Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers: Regarding COVID-19
“Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Working from Home During COVID, With and Without Children
Pandemic Preparedness
Maintaining and Growing Your Business – Government of Canada, Key Considerations for business: employee support, business support, business travel, international markets
COVID-19: Top 5 Things SMEs Should Know : Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Payroll & COVID-19: COVID-19 Answers to Employer Questions from the Canadian Payroll Association
Small Business Support Kit: Constant Contact
TIAO: COVID-19 Resources, Updates & News

Beware of COVID-19 Scams
Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
Read this statement from 3M Canada regarding counterfeit personal protective equipment, as communicated by Elise Maheu, Head of Government Affairs at 3M Canada

Employee & Personal Health

COVID-19 & Mental Health
Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace: Advice For Employers, Employees & Essential Service Workers
Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Guidance for Industry Operators 
211: Ontario’s primary source of information on government and community-based social services
COVID-19 Update Peterborough Public Health
Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public
Mental Health Services & Resources – Agilec
Government of Canada takes action on COVID-19
Peterborough Public Health
EI sickness benefits: Apply
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources
World Health Organization

Webinars – Live or Recorded

April 8 @ 12PM Hands-ON: Marketing Strategies for Startups during COVID-19 with the Innovation Cluster

April 14 @ 12PM: Hands-ON: Cybersecurity While Working from Home with Netmechanics

April 16 @ 2PM Older Adults, Physical Distancing & Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic – What Can Communities Do NOW?

Chamber staff are working remotely while continuing to serve you in this challenging time. Our main purpose is to provide accurate information to our members and the public, with a particular emphasis on local details. If there is anything you wish to share regarding useful services or resources that your business or organization can provide, please send them along to
Likewise, if you wish to share the challenges you are having and the support you are needing, we can communicate this to all levels of government via the Chamber network. Please send these thoughts to or

We know that this is a stressful time for many in our communities. You are encouraged to remain calm, be wise about your interaction with others and practice good hand hygiene. If you have symptoms that you think might be COVID-19, please don’t overwhelm our health system. Emergency rooms should not be used as a first response. Self-isolate and consult the recommendations from Peterborough Public Health at or contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. It is important to note that more than 80% of those who contract COVID-19 will have very few or mild symptoms.

With the situation changing at a rapid pace, information sharing may happen more regularly. We encourage you to also follow our social channels for more immediate updates. This webpage will be dedicated to this topic so check back often for updates!