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.
  • 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.