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COVID-19 Support

President’s Message to EDCO Members

As President, I wanted to reach out to EDCO members to provide assurance that your association is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and will support members through the following measures:

  1. EDCO is closely monitoring hourly/changing nature of the virus and how it is affecting Canadians.
  2. EDCO will endeavour to continuously provide valuable links and information through either social media, more frequent bulletins and website resources. I feel this is an effective way to communicate rather than further tax your challenging schedules. Recognizing that you are the conduit to local businesses we know you are stretched to the maximum.
  3. EDCO will monitor what other organizations are doing and report any valuable information.
  4. EDCO will not cancel any current memberships due to non-payment at this time. We realize municipal resources are not operating at maximum capacity. Follow up for outstanding payments will recommence on June 1, 2020.
  5. EDCO established this Facebook Group where communities can share/exchange knowledge on what their communities are doing in response to COVID-19. This will allow members to browse when they can. We hope that you will contribute to the page so members can learn.
  6. EDCO continues to operate under normal office hours electronically and is practicing social distancing through remote work and tele/video meetings.

Our CEO, Heather Lalonde has been in regular contact with the Province of Ontario and is part of a stakeholder group that is involved in regular updates. When necessary, we will communicate breaking news for your review. The Province is also engaged in regular outreach to EDCO. As recent as this morning Minister Vic Fedeli and Heather had a productive update phone call. Minister McLeod’s office has established an outreach program to update EDCO and a communication from OMAFRA is expected any time.

We appreciate all our members, and their commitment to their organizations. If there is something that you think EDCO should be doing that does not duplicate the efforts of other organizations, please feel free to reach out to Heather Lalonde in the EDCO office or myself.

EDCO wishes all of you the best. Stay safe and healthy!

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Gord Knowles, EcD, CEcD

President, Economic Developers Council of Ontario

Links & Resources

Government of Canada

COVID-19 Update Page

Resources for Business

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Helping Canadians With the Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Calling All Suppliers - Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

ROE Guidelines for Issuing EI

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Benefits and services

Canadian Chambers of Commerce

Pandemic Preparedness for Business

Canadian Business Resilience Network

Business Development Bank of Canada

Business Continuity Plan & Templates

Support for Entrepreneurs

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Ontario COVID-19 Relief Measures for your Business

COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist

World Health Organization

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report

International Economic Development Council

Economic Development Preparedness as it Relates to COVID-19 - IEDC Survey

Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

Province of Ontario

Ontario Together: Help Fight Coronavirus

List of Essential Workplaces

Extended Validation Periods

Electricity Relief

Stop The Spread Business Info Line

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Preparedness for Business

Ontario Ministry of Health

Stats and Self Assessment Tool

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)

Results from Round One Survey

Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA)

OBIAA COVID-19 Impact to BIA Communities Survey Results

Best Practices Call Minutes 03 17 20

Best Practices Call Minutes 03 19 20

Best Practices Call Minutes 03 24 20

Best Practices Call Minutes 03 26 20

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium

Member Needs Help Email Service


Financial Relief Package for Businesses

Adjudicative Approach to Claims

COVID-19 Updates

Health & Safety Excellence Program

Municipal World

Coronavirus News Update

BC Economic Development Association

Planning for Coronavirus: A Guide for Businesses and Organizations

Workplace and Employer Resources and Suggestions

  • 25 Mar 2020 12:33 PM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    There has not been a time in history that can compare to the current environment in the world. First, I hope all of you and your families remain healthy and safe. Thank you to the front-line workers that continue to serve our communities during this time. I think of our economic development community as front-line workers as they are the professionals that work with local businesses that are impacted significantly at this time.

    The EDCO Executive Committee met last week to discuss course of action for EDCO. As you know, many of you have been very helpful in responding to some our stakeholder surveys. We are appreciative of your contributions. The Executive felt that a survey from EDCO may be a little early given the everchanging environment. EDCO feels that our role will become more important as we begin to come out the other side of this crisis through resources for communities to recover from this crisis. 

    In the meantime, I have been in touch with several stakeholders, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and on several stakeholder calls with the Province. I attend now 3 x per week calls with the MEDJCT Industry Partners calls, participated with Minister Macleod on a Town Hall call, and now 2 x weekly calls with OBIAA and TIAO.

    EDCO continues to communicate with colleagues across the country as well including the provincial associations and EDAC. On an international basis, regular contact with IEDC is also taking place.

    EDCO created a Facebook Page for its members as a resource to have members share information. I encourage you to join the group and learn what your colleagues are doing in their communities. As resources become available, we are doing our best to communicate out through social media, our website and the Facebook group.

    EDCO continues to operate safely within the guidelines set out by both the Federal and Provincial government with conference calls and staff working from their homes. We are maintaining regular business hours and services. If there is something you wish to discuss, I am a phone call or email away.

    Stay safe!

    Heather Lalonde, CEO

    (613) 362-3722

  • 24 Mar 2020 9:54 AM | Taylor Chamberlain (Administrator)

    As part of the province’s response to COVID-19, a new website has been launched for businesses and employees to suggest innovative solutions to meet the evolving challenges in supplies, goods and services. “Ontario Together” is a place to support each other and exchange knowledge. Your ideas, innovation and emergency products can be the help Ontarians need during this time.

    Please  visit or call 1-888-777-0554 to make a submission.

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