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COVID-19 Recovery in Simcoe-Grey

(May 7, 2020) It is encouraging to see that community spread of the COVID-19 virus appears to be in decline in Ontario.  With some light at the end of the tunnel the government is turning its attention to reopening the province while ensuring public health and safety.    

I was pleased this week as landscapers, garden centres and nurseries in Ontario began to open, and work on essential construction projects resumed. Retail stores with street entrances will soon reopen for curbside pickup as will hardware and safety supply stores.  Marinas and golf courses have been given the green light to prepare their facilities for the upcoming season. 

To assess the impact of the pandemic on our economy and develop a plan for moving forward Premier Ford has established the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee.  Its purpose is to consult with communities, people and businesses to learn about their unique needs and help guide the province to future prosperity. 

Over the next few months the Committee will consult people and businesses across all sectors with a focus on job creation, opportunities for growth and protecting the province from future threats.  

The needs and priorities of Simcoe Grey must be heard in this consultation. 

To ensure we have a strong voice I will soon be reaching out to our local Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Associations and representatives of large and small businesses.  I also want to hear from stakeholders in key industries including: agriculture, tourism and not-for-profit sectors.  

Several communities in our region have already set up their own working groups to plan ahead.  Others are considering doing so.  The Simcoe County Economic Development Office with its regional partners is undertaking a Business Impact Survey.  The New Tecumseth Economic Recovery Task Force, which I have been meeting with since its inception, is closely following the EDO’s work. Other communities have set up recovery committees as well.  I applaud all these efforts as their feedback and other local endeavors will be important inputs to the government's Jobs and Recovery initiative.  

In the coming weeks I expect to hold virtual meetings with stakeholders to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted local businesses and services and to gather ideas as Ontario prepares to restart the economy.  If you have concerns or ideas to contribute and would like to participate, I invite you to do so by emailing me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please be sure to include your business name, address and contact information with your submission.  Reports from Simcoe-Grey consultations will be submitted to the Ministry of Finance for compilation and analysis.   

I look forward to hearing from you.  I’m confident that working together the Ontario economy and our region can and will emerge from the current emergency stronger than ever.

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