Support Programs for Our Local Businesses

  • MERRICKVILLE-WOLFORD COUNCIL APPROVES RELIEF MEASURES TO HELP EASE FINANCIAL PRESSURES DUE TO CHALLENGES FROM COVID-19:
    • Waived late payment fees and penalties for residents and businesses connected to the water/wastewater system until the end of July 2020.
    • Revisited the 2020 budget and reduced the previously approved tax increase of 3.13% down to 0.44% for all ratepayers – residential and commercial.
    • Changed water and wastewater billing classes, reducing utility rates for businesses by applying residential rates to all commercial users in response to the pandemic.
  • SMALL BUSINESS TOOLS & RESOURCES FROM THE VILLAGE OF MERRICKVILLE-WOLFORD:
    • January 11, 2021email from CAO Doug Robertson
      • Click above for information for local businesses including Digital Service Squad members available and new Government Funded Programs to help Local Businesses
    • December 17, 2020 email from CAO Doug Robertson
      • Click above for information for local businesses from the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, including Small Business Updates, Awards, Information on government programs and more.
    • October 10, 2020 email from CAO Doug Robertson
      • Click above for information for local businesses from the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, including government announcements, digital main street supports, farm & food business workshops and more…
    • July 29, 2020 email from CAO Doug Robertson
      • Click above for information for local businesses from the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, including “Support Small, Support Local” promotional initiatives, Public Washrooms now open in the Village, Digital Main Street program expansion, OMAFRA Food Exporting seminars and more.
    • July 14, 2020 -  Health Unit Posters for Businesses to Download and Use.  As more businesses re-open, here are a few posters on COVID-19 safety measures:
    • Shopping Local is a great way to support our small businesses – retailers, service providers, artists, makers, restaurants, agri-food producers and manufacturers
    • On June 25/20, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) launched a campaign to boost ‘shop local’ efforts. Here are some ways we can all join in and help out:
    • On June 30/20, to celebrate International Small Business Week, the Ontario government launched the "Shop Local! Shop Safe! Shop with Confidence!" campaign, encouraging Ontarians to support their local small businesses and to shop safely while doing so.  Ways we can all join in and help out:
    • June 30, 2020 email from CAO Doug Robertson
      • Click above for information on programs for local businesses from the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, including Shop Local, Digital Main Street & Producer Programs
    • June 13, 2020 Email - message from Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Robertson
    • June 08, 2020 Email - message from Mayor, Doug Struthers and Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Robertson
      • Email attachments:
        • Public Health Guidance for Businesses in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark
        • Workplace Safety & Prevention Services: Guidance on Health and Safety for Curbside Pickup and Delivery Services during COVID-19
        • Document summarizing tools and resources for local businesses, highlighting government supports, financial relief measures, no interest loans, health and safety guidelines for reopening, and business support organizations available to help businesses through this time of COVID-19, click here. If you have any questions or would like more information about programs and resources for your business, please feel free to contact our economic development officer, Stacie Lloyd, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • June 19, 2020 update from the Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit:
  • NEW DIGITAL MAIN STREET PROGRAMS: As part of a partnership between the federal and provincial governments, Digital Main Street announced three new programs to help small businesses create and enhance their online presence and reach more customers:
    • ShopHERE provides small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to start selling online right away;
    • Ontario Grants Program provides main street businesses with $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants; and
    • Future Proofing Main Street assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a digital transformation plan.
    • Details on all three programs can be found at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/ontario/.
  • IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON LOCAL BUSINESSES - SURVEY RESULTS IN:
    • Council received the results of a recent Business Survey completed by Merrickville-Wolford businesses. The survey was conducted in partnership with the United Counties of Leeds Grenville Economic Development Department and regional business support organizations. Village staff have reviewed all responses and assisted local businesses regarding government relief programs and resources. Thanks to all businesses that completed the survey!  The results are available here: http://www.merrickville-wolford.ca/business-help.