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This page was created to outline protocols and service delivery changes at the Township of South Glengarry due to the precautions taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

For specific health-related information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following credible websites:

ABOUT COVID-19

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a respiratory infection that can be deadly for older people and people with chronic diseases. Learn more about COVID-19 including:

WHO SHOULD I CALL?

Phone Directory for COVID-19 Related Calls

RECENT NOTICES REGARDING COVID-19

  • November 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Response Framework: Public Health Measures and Restrictions for the EOHU RegionBased on the latest local COVID-19 data, the province has determined that as of November 16, 2020 the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) region is at the ORANGE-RESTRICT level in the COVID-19 Response Framework.
  • November 3, 2020 - Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open
    In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, the Ontario government has developed the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. It ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care.
  • October 20, 2020 -  Municipal Offices Reopen After Temporary Closure
    Acting under the advice of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Township of South Glengarry  temporarily closed three of its facilities to the public. The closures of the Municipal Office and Fire Hall in Lancaster, and the Char-Lan Recreation Centre, were a direct result of a positive COVID-19 test of an employee. The Township has maintained a strict contact tracing regime for all individuals entering these facilities and all relevant information has been provided to public health authorities for investigation and follow-up. At this time, any person requiring follow-up from EOHU has been contacted. Township staff have since deep cleaned all of the noted facilities. The Township Office and Lancaster Fire Hall will reopen to the public on Tuesday October 20 at 8:30 a.m. The Char-Lan Recreation Centre will reopen for ice times only on Tuesday October 20 at 5:00 p.m.  We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
  • October 6, 2020 - All COVID-19 Testing Centres Changing to Appointment Only
    As of this week, all COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centres in the EOHU region will be accepting clients by appointment only. Testing is now also limited to people who have COVID-19 symptoms or who meet other provincial eligibility criteria. All centres except the Limoges centre have already made the change to an appointment-only system. The Limoges centre will switch to the appointment-only system starting Friday, October 9th (on October 7th and 8th, it will continue to receive clients without appointments).
  • October 2, 2020 - Ontario Implements Additional Public Health & Testing Measures
    In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and public health experts, the Ontario government is tightening public health measures. At the same time, in response to the second wave of COVID-19 and in preparation for the cold winter months, the government is also taking action to reduce testing turnaround times while prioritizing those who are at the greatest risk.
  • October 1, 2020 - Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools & Child Care
    In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is updating its COVID-19 school and child care screening guidance. This additional information will help parents determine when it is most appropriate for students, children and their families to seek a test for COVID-19.

  • September 21, 2020 - Char-Lan Recreation Centre Reopens 
    Ice surface at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown re-opened to reserved ice skating programs on Monday, September 21st, 2020. To ensure everyone's safety, please visit the Township Recreation Page for important information on what to expect before returning to the ice. To reserve ice time, please contact the Township of South Glengarry Recreation Department at 613-347-2411. Please note that the Public Skating, Teen Skate, and Tiny Tots Skating programs will not be offered at this time.
  • August 4, 2020 - South Glengarry Municipal Building Re-Opening to the Public
    The Township administrative office, located at 6 Oak Street, Lancaster, reopened to the public on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 while following the required health and safety measures detailed below. The building will resume regular opening hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Township recreation facilities, community centres, and municipal fire stations remain closed to the public.
    Visitors to the Township Office will be required to:
    ▪️ Wear a face mask while conducting business within the administration building, as per local health directive from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). Please note there are circumstances where individuals cannot wear a mask and these individuals will be accommodated.
    ▪️Upon entry, sanitize hands with the provided sanitizer.
    ▪️Practice two-metre physical distancing.
    ▪️Be courteous and yield to others in close quarters.
    ▪️Limit the number of visitors to only those who are required to be present.
    ▪️Schedule appointments by phone or email ahead of time as much as possible.
    Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.
  • July 06, 2020 - Local Health Units Announce Regional Approach to Mandatory Masks
    Today Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; announced a regional approach to the use of masks. Each public health unit will be invoking a directive under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that requires individuals to wear a mask in certain enclosed public spaces. Under the directive, the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting. The EOHU’s Directive takes effect as of July 7th at 12:00 A.M.
  • April 27, 2020 - Reopening Ontario after COVID-19
    Ontario is planning for the next phase of responding to the coronavirus (COVID‑19) outbreak – reopening our province. This framework outlines the method and principles the province will use to reopen businesses, services and public spaces to responsibly lead Ontario’s economy back to a strong position.
  • March 26, 2020 - SDG, Municipal Partners Declare State of Emergency
    In response to growing concerns over COVID-19 in Eastern Ontario, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G), the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the City of Cornwall have declared a state of emergency as of 4:00 PM on March 26, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus.
  • March 17, 2020 - Government of Ontario Declares Provincial State of Emergency
    The Government of Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency in order to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario. These measures will help protect all residents, including those who are most vulnerable. They will also help ensure that healthcare professionals can focus their efforts on those who need it most.

IMPACTED TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENTS AND SERVICES

Essential municipal services will continue to be delivered, including water purification, wastewater treatment, emergency services, and waste collection. For more information please visit these pages of our website:

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

The Township of South Glengarry is here to help local businesses. If you are a business owner in South Glengarry with questions regarding different programs or government support presently available during COVID-19, please reach out to our Economic Development and Tourism Department by calling 613-347-1166 ext 264 or by sending an email HERE.

  • Staying Connected South Glengarry Businesses ZOOM SERIES
    This series will focus on current funding programs, training and Covid-19 updates. Each session will be brief 15-30 minute update from community partners highlighting information that directly impacts South Glengarry business owners. (Extra time may be included for anticipated questions). Our first conversation will be with Jamie Tyrell from Cornwall & The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC). Jamie will be discussing two funding programs designed to help businesses affected by the pandemic:
    1. Regional Relief & Recovery Fund
    2. Technology Innovation Program
    Form more information, please contact South Glengarry Economic Development HERE.
  • Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RFFF)
    The RFFF provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join the conversation on ZOOM November 19, 2020 for details and to ask questions to the program account manager.

  • Technology Innovation Program (TIP)
    The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) was created to provide your business with the expertise and support needed to identify and adopt the right technology solutions to boost sales and profit margins. Join the conversation on ZOOM November 19, 2020 for details and to ask questions to the program account manager.
  • Free Online Store and Website Development for South Glengarry Businesses
    The Township of South Glengarry is proud to bring ShopHERE powered by Google to our local independent businesses and artists. Together we aim to help businesses and artists launch their own online stores. You can find out further information by clicking the above link or calling the Township of South Glengarry and asking to speak to the Economic Development Department.
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Update
    The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021, continues to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire their workers. The subsidy will remain at the current subsidy rate of up to a maximum of 65 per cent of eligible wages until December 19, 2020.

  • Expanded Eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
    On May 19, 2020 the Federal Government announced it was expanding the criteria used by businesses in calculating their CEBA eligibility. To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 need: 

    • A business operating account at a participating financial institution.
    • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
    • Eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities and insurance.
    Expenses will be subject to verification and audit by the Government of Canada. 
  • Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce's Local Business Portal
    As the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce looks to further provide support to all local businesses during the pandemic, the Chamber has launched: ShopCornwallandArea.ca. The site will act as a one-stop, always-on directory of local businesses who are operating during the pandemic in one form or another. At this time, the Chamber is opening the platform to all businesses at no charge. There are over 135 local businesses signed up to date! Each participating business will receive a free listing that could include opening hours (if applicable), contact details, pick-up or delivery options, a small product catalogue, and links to existing e-commerce sites. As part of the program, vendors who express interest in establishing an e-commerce site will also receive assistance from the Chamber.  Please note that you do not need to be a Chamber Member to access this resource. 
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Update
    An expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), will enable businesses, and not-for-profits to be eligible for CEBA loans—that continue to be seriously impacted by the pandemic—to access an interest-free loan of up to $20,000, in addition to the original CEBA loan of $40,000. Half of this additional financing would be forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022. The application deadline for CEBA is being extended to December 31, 2020. For further details, including the launch date and application process will be announced in the coming days. An attestation of the impact of COVID-19 on the business will be required to access the additional financing.
  • NEW: Canada Emergency Rent Support (CERS)

    • The new rent subsidy would be provided directly to tenants, while also providing support to property owners. The new rent subsidy would support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop, by subsidizing a percentage of their expenses, on a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 65 per cent of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020.
    • Organizations would be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020.
    A top-up Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy of 25 per cent for organizations temporarily shut down by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority, in addition to the 65 per cent subsidy. This follows a commitment in the Speech from the Throne to provide direct financial support to businesses temporarily shut down as a result of a local public health decision. 
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
    CFIB has created a COVID-19 small business help centre. They are regularly updating the page as new information becomes available. Click the link above to access FAQ's, templates, policies and more. 
  • Canadian Business Resilience Network 
    In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery. Whether you are self-employed, a small business owner or a large enterprise, you shouldn’t have to worry about losing your business, and your employees shouldn’t have to worry about losing their jobs. Please note: new programs are being introduced very rapidly with operational details and clarifications being made daily. Please check back frequently for the latest information. 
  • Extended Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products and Services
    Learn about extensions on expiry dates for drivers licences, vehicle and carrier products and services due to COVID-19.
    Please note that this includes: extending the Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR), annual oversize/overweight permits and semi-annual and annual vehicle inspections

  • Ministry Extends Working-at-Heights Training
    Construction workers will have an extra year to renew their training if they work at heights. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has extended the validity period of their previous training because many training providers have cancelled classes or shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The mandatory training for more than 120,000 workers would have expired over the next six months. The extension will ensure these workers can continue to work when possible. 
  • Government of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
    The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Ontario’s Stop the Spread Business Information Line
    If you are a business owner and have questions about temporary measures including closures and essential workplaces,
    please call Ontario's Stop the Spread Busines Information Line at: 1-888-444-3659.
  • Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging 
    Effective March 28, 2020, the government has issued an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods. If you are aware of anyone charging higher-than-usual prices for in-demand products, report it online or call Consumer Protection Ontario at 1-800-889-9768 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

  • Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)
    Liquor sales licensees may now sell liquor for takeout/delivery along with food. As part of its broader package of measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government has amended Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) to temporarily allow liquor sales licensees (i.e., licensed bars and restaurants) to sell beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery. These changes are effective immediately, and last until December 31, 2020.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 
    Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19

  • Cornwall and the Counties Community Futures Development Corp
    Program will offer microloans from $2,500 up to $20,000 (and up to $50,000 on exception) to companies who cannot access additional funding through the BDC - Business Development Bank of Canada or their Traditional Bank and need an immediate cash injection to cover expenses over the next 3 months. 
  • New $50 Million Ontario Together Fund
    The Ontario government $50 million Ontario Together Fund helps businesses provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment
  • Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit
    The government has announced a number of tax measures in response to COVID-19. One of the tax measures includes a Regional Opportunities Tax Credit. SD&G is one of the designated eligible regions. 

SUPPORT FOR FARMERS

  • Governments Invest $2.5 Million to Grow Agri-food e-Business During COVID-19
    The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who are shopping from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding is being provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership).

  • Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) - Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19
    The OFA has recently developed a new Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19 that can help reduce risk and improve safety for you, your employees, and the public. This Guide for farms and farm businesses is split into three parts: Facilitating Business Interactions on the Farm, Responding to Exposure to COVID-19, and Managing Risk during Business Operations. 
  • Canada and Ontario Supporting Agri-food Sector Supply Chain During COVID-19 
    The government of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation's supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the federal and provincial governments will provide support that will help people connect with job opportunities in the sector quickly. This program would help primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are important to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.

  • Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
    The FCC Has received an enhancement to its capital base that will allow for an additional $5 billion in lending capacity.

SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS.

  • By-Law Officers to Enforce COVID-19 Related Regulations
    Township of South Glengarry By-Law Officers can now enforce provincial regulations regarding COVID-19. This measure follows Ontario’s order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

  • Local Paramedics Seeking Community Support
    Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services are preparing for an increase in calls for service due to the spread of COVID-19. 
    During this time, it is more important than ever that residents of Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry only call 911 for emergencies.
  • Extended Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products and Services
    Learn about extensions on expiry dates for drivers licences, vehicle and carrier products and services due to COVID-19.
    Please note that this includes: extending the Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR), annual oversize/overweight permits and semi-annual and annual vehicle inspections
  • Ministry Extends Working-at-Heights Training
    Construction workers will have an extra year to renew their training if they work at heights. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has extended the validity period of their previous training because many training providers have cancelled classes or shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The mandatory training for more than 120,000 workers would have expired over the next six months. The extension will ensure these workers can continue to work when possible. 
  • Canada COVID-19 Support App
    The free app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and self-assess your symptoms. Available now through Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you do not want to download the app, you can access the web version, HERE. Please note that this information will be best viewed on a mobile device.
  • Ontario Increasing Public Health Units' Capacity to Stop COVID-19
    Ontario has launched a new user-friendly online portal for the public to easily access their COVID-19 lab test results. By offering faster and secure access to test results on their computer or mobile device, this portal will help ease pressures on public health units and frontline workers to provide this information so that they can better focus on containing COVID-19.

  • Meals on Wheels - Lancaster Outreach - Carefor
    The Carefor Char Senior Support Centre Meals on Wheels program remains fully operational. If you or a loved one is having difficulty getting groceries or preparing your own meals, please call(613) 347-1175. Lancaster Outreach - Carefor is also available to take your calls, field your questions and be that friendly voice you may need at this time.

    Stay Strong, Stay Positive, Stay Home and Stay Healthy!

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • Counselling and Support Services of SD&G
    Phone: (613) 932-4610
    Please be advise the walk-in counselling clinic is open for service and moving forward, however, will be done by telephone counselling, due to the office being closed to the public because of the pandemic.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
    Phone: In crisis? Please call 1-833-456-4566 (toll free)
  • Centre de santé communautaire de l'Estrie
    Cornwall Location: 613-937-2683 or Alexandria Location: 613-525-5544
  • School Mental Health Ontario
  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
    A new portal dedicated to mental wellness has been launched by the Government of Canada. Wellness Together Canada will connect Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls and will make it easier to find credible information and help address mental health and substance use issues. The entire suite of tools on Wellness Together Canada will offer Canadians different levels of support depending on their need, ranging from information and self-assessment tools, to the opportunity to chat with peer support workers and other professionals.

HOW TO STOP THE SPREAD

Practice Physical Social Distancing

The Township of South Glengarry is actively practicing Social Distancing by reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of COVID-19. By limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings, and cancelling events, South Glengarry can do our part in helping to flatten the curve, protect our residents, and keep our Township safe. 

How can you help? Please choose activities from the “safe” column over activities in the “Stop” column to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our area.

5 ways to practise physical (social) distancing:

  1. keep a distance of 2 meters when going out
  2. avoid large gatherings
  3. work from home if possible
  4. avoid visiting elderly friends or relatives
  5. conduct meetings or visits virtually

Wash Your Hands Regularly

Be sure to wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20-30 seconds.

Wear a Mask

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit directive for mandatory masking within indoor public spaces took effect as of 12:00 A.M. on July 7th, 2020. under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection ActBelow are tips and best practices in helping you to ensure the effectiveness of your mask. Thank you for continuing to keep our community safe.

Before Putting on a Mask:
Clean hands with aclohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

While Wearing a Mask:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose. Make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  2. Avoid touching the mask. If you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. 
  3. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp. Do not re-use single-use masks.

When You're Done:

  1. Remove the mask from behind using the strings. Do not touch the front of mask.
  2. A. If the mask is single use, dispose immediately.

   2. B. If the mask can be used again, wait until you are home to remove. Wash after each use.

   3. Clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. 

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Self-Isolation or Quarantine

Self-Isolate when necessary and if you are returning from abroad, please quarantine yourself in your home for 14-Days.
No Exceptions.

Support Local Businesses

Keep the South Glengarry business community vibrant and resilient. You can help make a difference by supporting a local business today.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s OK to NOT be Ok. Please know that help is available, and we encourage you to reach out to The Canadian Mental Health Association for resources and suggestions on how to help cope during this difficult time.

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