COVID-19

 

Help Flatten the Curve! - Practice Good Hand Hygiene and Wear a Mask

Public access to all Town facilities will continue to be restricted until further notice. In-person appointments are suspended at this time. 

Town Staff are still available to assist you through phone or email. If you are picking up or dropping off materials to any of our Departments, please call in advance  (705) 687-3412 -  Do you have a question?     Subscribe to News and Information Updates from the Town.

Mandatory Masks/Face Covering Province Wide (Learn more)

 VACCINATION CLINIC INFORMATION

COVID 19 VACCINE AND IMMUNIZATION

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Those who are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at community clinics opening across our region can book their appointment online beginning the week of March 1 through the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - website listed below.

Appointments are only available for those who are eligible, and clinics are not open for walk-ins.
 
Those who are eligible at this time, in keeping with the provincially identified priorities and local vaccine supply, are as follows:

  • adults 85 years of age and older;
  • Indigenous adults 55 years and older as well as their adult household members;
  • adult recipients of chronic home care; and very high priority frontline healthcare workers (as defined in the provincial priority guideline)

 

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT - SMDHU

 

 or Call 1-877-721-7520

COVID-19 COMMUNITY RELIEF FUND

At the April 21, 2020 Council Meeting, a COVID-19 Financial Assistance Fund was established to assist Community Agencies and Service Clubs in Gravenhurst. 

To apply for this emergency assistance fund, please complete this Online Form and submit the appropriate documentation to our Review Panel.

For further information, please contact: Shawna Patterson (705) 687-6774 Ext. 29

COMMUNITY COVID-19 UPDATES - MAYOR PAUL KELLY

 VIDEO UPDATE - HOLIDAY GREETINGS - DECEMBER 22, 2020

 

 VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - JUNE 17, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - APRIL 29, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - APRIL 24, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - APRIL 15, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - APRIL 8, 2020

 

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - APRIL 1, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - MARCH 26, 2020

 

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - MARCH 23, 2020

VIDEO UPDATE MESSAGE - MARCH 19, 2020

CURRENT ADVISORIES
Province of Ontario
Town of Gravenhurst
BOAT LAUNCHES/ TOWN BEACHES

Boat launches and Public Beaches are closed for the season

 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
 District of Muskoka

(Visit the District of Muskoka COVID-19 Page for the most current updates) 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT POLICIES
CONTRACTORS SCREENING AND DECLARATION FORM / VISITOR APPOINTMENT-SCREENING FORM

 Contractor Screening and Declaration Form (PDF)

 COVID-19 VISITOR SCREENING WAIVER-LIABILITY FORM (PDF) Please note: Town facilities are not currently open to public access.

ENFORCEMENT - PROVINCIAL ADVISORIES

  Concerns of violation of the Provincial Order should be directed to the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

 

For further information about By-law Enforcement in Gravenhurst please contact: Gravenhurst By-law Division or call

705-687-2230 Ext.241  - You can also submit a Online Complaint Form

 FACILITY/AMENITY STATUS

There is currently No Public Access to the Following Town Facilities 

PROPERTY TAXES AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Questions or concerns pertaining to 2020-2021 Tax Payments can be directed to 705-687-3412 or email taxdepartment@gravenhurst.ca

 MEETINGS/PROGRAMS CANCELLATIONS
  • Gravenhurst Opera House - Summer Theatre Season Cancelled
  • All Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings until further notice
  • Mayors Open Door
  • Coffee with a Firefighter
  • Mayor's Tea
  • Memorials & Dedications Program (i.e. bench and tree donations)
  • Recreation Registration for spring/summer programs on hold
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER GROUPS
THE MASKETEERS - Masks for Our Community!

We refer to our sewing group as The Masketeers.  We have been sewing masks since early April, and have donated and distributed to all the senior’s homes, long term care, senior’s apartments, takeout servers, Canadian Mental Health workers, Ryde community, Fire, OPP and Medics, Real Estate companies, doctors’ offices, postal workers, G.A.P, delivery people, and many many individuals to wear when they come into town for grocery shopping, etc.

To date we have distributed well over 3,000 masks.  We are constantly offered payment for these however always ask them to Pay It Forward.  It is our intention to supply these masks on a complimentary basis.

Our plan is to provide our entire Town of Gravenhurst with as many masks as possible to ensure we do our very best to stay safe.  

The Masketeers, complimentary masks, handsewn by Gravenhurst sewers.  Please simply Pay It Forward in lieu of any payment for these masks.....Please wear them!

Contact: Barb McCabe    marvbarbmccabe@gmail.com

*Most of our masks are picked up in PineRidge; however, we have a good group of volunteers who will deliver should those requesting masks not have means to be picked up.  

 FOOD BANKS

Salvation Army - 620 Muskoka Rd N, Gravenhurst Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00 - 4:30 pm. Food bank remains open, however there is no waiting room area so clients need to call and book appointments so that we see one client at a time. Grocery delivery available (via CAA) for over 60 years or underlying condition. Phone: (705) 687-2131.

 

Gravenhurst Against Poverty continues to take precautions and is open on a take out basis.

Located at 290 Muskoka Road North - Trinity United Church parking lot. 

  • Our Tuesday lunch is offered from 12-1 pm take out only.
  • Our Thursday Supper Club and Fresh food giveaway will also be open.
  • Both are open 4-6 pm, the dinner will be a take dinner. 
SERVICES INTERRUPTIONS/MODIFICATIONS
ASSESSMENT CENTRES IN MUSKOKA/ SELF ASSESSMENT
Asymptomatic Testing Only Location: Gravenhurst, Ontario (Shoppers Drug Mart, 511 Muskoka RD. S)
(Service for residents who do not have any symptoms, and no reason to believe they may have COVID-19.)
  • (Mon-Sun)
  • By Appointment Only Please
  • Call (705) 705-687-2838 for pre-screening
There are (two) COVID-19 Assessment Centre's in Muskoka:
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge 75 Ann Street)
COVID-19 testing by appointment only Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling the
1-888-383-7009.  Detailed information is posted on the MAHC website at www.mahc.ca/COVID-19Testing/, including driving directions and parking instructions for the assessment centre.

 

The District’s Muskoka Paramedic Services, Huntsville physicians and the Town of Huntsville have united together to offer a Huntsville COVID-19 Assessment Centre location for the public:

  • The Huntsville COVID-19 Assessment Centre, is by appointment only testing. The assessment centre operates three days a week with the following hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30am until 4:00pm.  
  • Location: Active Living Centre at 20 Park Drive (Follow signs towards Huntsville Active Living Centre located at 20 Park Drive; attached to Canada Summit Centre)
  • Bring: face mask, health card, and name of your doctor or nurse practitioner
  • Notes: there are no inside washroom facilities for public use. Depending on weather, the centre may be offered in a drive-through format

Ontario Pharmacies Providing COVID-19 Testing

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment

BUSINESS SUPPORT RESOURCES

The Economic Development team is available to help in one of the following ways:

  1. Tell us how COVID-19 is impacting your business: COVID-19 Business Impact Assessment: www.gravenhurst.ca/businessimpact 
  2. Need help navigating the programs and resources available? Connect with our Business Support Concierge Service. Let us try and help you. If we don’t have an answer, we’ll try to get one. Call 705-644-2207 or email Jeff.Loney@Gravenhurst.ca
  3. Looking for self-serve information? Take a look at the information below:
What Safety measures and protocals should I follow?

Ontario has a Colour Coded System which outlines protocals and guidelines.

Also available are other industry specific resources: 

 What Support Funding is Available to My Business?

Avoiding Layoffs and Access to Wage Assistance

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

  • Provides income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

    If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

    If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021SEE THE OVERVIEW

Canada Small Business Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

  • a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages, retroactive to March 15. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease you back into normal operations. The subsidy is extended to June 2021. the deadline to apply is January 31, 2021, or 180 days after the end of the claim period, whichever comes later.  SEE THE OVERVIEW

Canada Work-Sharing Program

  • Provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.

Access to Credit

Assisting with Commercial Rent

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

  • The program will help small businesses and landlords cover 50% of their rents for April, May, and June. The program will provide loans, including some forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who are then to either lower or forgo the rent for small businesses. 

Canada Special Emergency Business Account

  • Will see banks offer $40,000 government-guaranteed, interest-free loans for the first year to cover operating costs for businesses and not-for-profit organizations. If certain conditions are met, the first $10,000 will be forgiven.

Canada Business Credit Availability Program

  • Through Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) businesses can access direct lending and other types of financial assistance.

Farm Credit Canada Loans

  • Loans for producers, agribusinesses and food processors.

Muskoka Futures

  • Provide loans, business planning and mentorship to Muskoka businesses.

Business Improvement Grants

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

  • Provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist business owners cover the costs of PPE, make physical modifications and enhance their digital or e-commerce capabilities.

Digital Main Street Funding

  • Assistance, Information and Grant funding to implement digital technology for your business.  Tips for how to market your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (PMCN)

  • Business Technology Improvement Grant (BTIF) and is a grant of 50% up to $25,000 for the costs of adopting digital technology.
 What Will Assist with Reducing My Operating Expenses?
 Time-of-use Hydro pricing
  • Starting March 24, Hydro customers will pay the off-peak rate (10.1¢/kWh) no matter what time of day for at least 45 days. This pricing will be applied automatically.

Payment Deferrals and Interest

Big Bank Loan & Credit payment deferrals

  • The Bank of Montreal, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank and TD Bank will assist small business customers, on a case-by-case basis, to help them manage through financial challenges.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

  • Canadian businessesnon-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.  SEE OVERVIEW 1 & OVERVIEW 2

Canada Business Tax Deferral Program

  • HST and GST payments are being deferred until June.
  • Businesses can differ income tax that becomes owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020, until after August 31, 2020.

Provincial Tax and Fee Deferrals

  • 5 months interest and penalty-free period of provincially administered taxes.
  • Deferring the upcoming quarterly (June 30) remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days to allow municipalities to provide property tax deferrals.
  • Up to 6 months of deferred Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) payments.

Gravenhurst Tax Deferrals

 How Can I Support My Employees?

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • provides a flat benefit of $2,000 for workers or self-employed business owners who are not eligible for EI benefits and have been out of work for 14 consecutive days in any four-week period for reasons relating to COVID-19.   

Canada Work-Sharing Program

  • provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.

Canada Small Business Wage Subsidy

  • A subsidy that will provide businesses with up to 75 per cent of an employee's salary on the first $58,700 which could mean payments of up to $847 a week, for up to 3 months. This wage subsidies will be retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Is My Business Considered Essential?

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Province has restricted what businesses can remain open to a specific list of essential businesses.  On May 1st, the province released an update to that list.

Still not sure you can contact the Ontario Business Information Line 1-888-444-3659

Are you a seasonal accommodator looking for clarification about your operation or residents find out more from in a statement from Minister Clark.

Are you a short term rental provider looking for information, see page 8 section 3 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

What Other Information and Resources Are Available?
 District of Muskoka Support
 Financial Support Resources - District of Muskoka Food Support and Resources - District of Muskoka
 Stop the Spread

 

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