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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Business Update: August 18th, 2020

The Ontario government is launching the next round of applications for the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP).

While you work hard to rebuild and recover, know that we are here to support you:

Today’s vital updates:

  • Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced that the Ontario government is launching the next round of applications for the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP). An important part of the government’s Driving Prosperityauto plan, the $10-million O-AMP provides auto parts companies with funding to invest in new technologies and support innovation in Ontario’s automotive supply chains.
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced the appointment of Marsha Walden as President and Chief Executive Officer of Destination Canada, effective August 24, 2020. Before accepting this appointment, Mrs. Walden had been President and CEO of Destination British Columbia since 2013. Throughout her career, she occupied several executive positions, notably with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and BBDO Canada. Marsha Walden appointed President and CEO of Destination Canada
  • Chrystia Freeland is now the federal finance minister, a job that will involve planning for an economic recovery as the Covid-19 pandemic continues and Canada deals with the biggest budget deficit since the Second World War. Freeland was officially sworn in at Rideau Hall Tuesday afternoon. She is the first woman named to the portfolio, which is considered to be a top cabinet post.

Reading recommendations:

If you are showing symptomsyou must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. Call a public health authority immediately. Do not visit any healthcare provider in person before you have been directly advised to by public health authorities.

Remember that a COVID-19 test is only a snapshot of your health on the specific date and time the swab was taken. No testing is perfect and a negative result doesn’t mean you haven’t been exposed to COVID-19. You can still develop symptoms days after your test was taken.

It is important that everyone practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a 2-metre distance from other people. When maintaining distance is impossible, use a face mask. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching the face. If you have recently traveled outside the country, you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Previous updates can be accessed here.

Stay safe and be vigilant. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have.