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COVID-19 Information

Updated: April 19, 2021 12:16 pm

Provincewide Shutdown

If you have a concern with individuals or businesses not following the shutdown order you can contact the Provincial Communications Center at 1-888-310-1122.

Vaccine Roll-Out

Eligible people who can register/book appointment based on availability of vaccine:

  1. A) Eligible people who can pre-register/book appointment based on availability of vaccine
    1. All seniors in congregate care residences (who will be vaccinated in-home by mobile vaccination teams).
    2. Long-Term Care and Retirement Home essential caregivers.
    3. Indigenous residents (on or off reserve) who are 18 years of age and older.
    4. Faith based leaders who, as part of their role, provide end of life care, care of the deceased, home visits to unwell persons, or pastoral care in LTC/RHs or other vulnerable settings.
    5. People born in 1951 or earlier (70 years of age and older).
    6. All health care workers.
    7. Anyone receiving chronic home care that have been identified by home health care organizations. This group will receive a call notifying them that they are eligible and should book after receiving this call.

Click Here To Book A Vaccine

Eligible people who can register only at this time:

  1. Residents in the general population born between 1952 and 1956 (65 to 69 years of age).

Register only, means that you cannot book appointments at this time. This ensures that residents are readily available should RCDHU receive extra vaccine, and so that staff can plan and prepare for upcoming vaccination clinics. Residents on the 65 to 69 years of age registration only list may receive calls offering vaccination if extra doses are available at clinics.

Click Here To Register for a Vaccine

Those Booking Vaccination Appointments Will Be Asked To Validate Eligibility

Renfrew County and District COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Expands To Next Priority 2021

COVID-19 Information and Updates

The Town of Arnprior and the Emergency Management Team continues to work closely with the Renfrew County Health Unit and community partners to monitor the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) and respond appropriately. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and news, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website here.

What to do if you think you may have COVID-19?

Press Releases and Updates

April 16 – Press Release – Outdoor Municipal Recreation Amenities Closed

April 1  – Press Release – Remain Vigilant During the Provincewide Shutdown

March 19- Mayor’s Message – Don’t let your guard down

March 10 – Renfrew County and District’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Expands To Next Priority Groups

Town Facilities

With the announcement a Provincewide Stay at Home Order for 4 weeks starting April 8th some Town facilities are closed to the public. Even though the facilities are closed to the public, all essential services continue to be offered and all departments are open for business. Please contact staff by phone or email, contact information can be found on the Town’s website:

  • Town Hall, 105 Elgin Street West,  Town Hall will be open by appointment only during
    regular hours for essential services. Please call 613-623-4231 to schedule an appointment. We encourage residents to use alternative means of payment such as online or telephone banking, mailing a cheque to the Town Hall or dropping off a payment in the secure mail slot at Town Hall.
  • The Nick Smith Centre, 77 James Street, is closed to the public and all activities and programing is cancelled for 28 days. Click here for our recreation at home website.
  • The Arnprior and District Museum, 35 Madawaska Street, is closed to the public for 28 days.
  • The Arnprior Public Library, 21 Madawaska Street, is closed to the public but full Curbside Service will continue with contactless pickup of library materials, a full slate of virtual April Break activities, curbside printing and a great selection of digital resources including eBooks, digital magazines, audio books, films, music and free access to Ancestry.ca.
  •  Council Meetings Council will continue to meet virtually and meetings can be viewed on the Town’s Youtube page. 
  • Stanley Tourangeau Fire and Police Services Building – Closed to the public. Fire and police services continue as normal.
  • Arnprior Landfill – The Arnprior Landfill Site, 658 River Road, is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am – Noon. Residents received their yearly free landfill voucher in their tax bill which arrived by mail in January.
  • Garbage/Recycling Collection – there are no anticipated impacts to curbside collection activities. Any updates will be provided as they become available. The curb-side bag limit is 2 bags per week. Waste collection personnel are working hard to stay healthy and safe on the job. Please do not leave Kleenex, wipes or gloves loose on top of garbage bags, cans or in recycling bins. These items must be secured inside a tied garbage bag.
  • Outdoor municipal recreational amenities such as basketball courts, the Sullivan Rink of Dreams and the skate park are closed. Playgrounds are open however equipment is not sanitized regularly.
  • Residents may still utilize the Town’s many parks and trails however all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household are prohibit. It is strongly recommended that residents wear masks in all parks and on trails. While it may be necessary to remove masks for some vigorous activities, you are encouraged to keep your mask on as much as possible. The COVID-19 variants-of-concern (VOC) are much more contagious and transmissible – even outdoors. Wearing a mask helps keep our community safe.

Payments and Billing

We encourage residents to use alternative means of payment such as online or telephone banking, mailing a cheque to the Town Hall or dropping off a payment in the secure mail slot at Town Hall if at all possible.

How can I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?

  • Wear a mask when in public indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap
  • Cover you cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care homes if you are sick

What to do if you think you may have COVID-19?

If you or your family member has a health concern (including a concern related to COVID-19) and need to speak to a physician, please call your family physician’s office.

If you do not have a family physician or cannot access your family physician, please call the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre at 1-844-727-6404 for care and support from a nurse practitioner, family physician and/or community paramedic.

Contacts

Town of Arnprior
All essential services continue to be offered and all departments are open for business. Please contact staff by phone or email, contact information can be found on the contact us page.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) – Non-essential Services
During this time, the Arnprior OPP Detachment is not open to the public.  They are screening visitors and are not providing record checks unless required for essential services.  Click Here for more info.

Arnprior and District Food Bank
Leave a message at 613-668-4462 * calls will be returned within 24 hours
Mon from 9:30 am-12 noon * closed STAT holidays
Saint John Chrysostom Church, 295 Albert St, Church basement

Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre
1-844-727-6404

Resources + Programs

COVID & Health Unit Info

Ontario Emergency Orders

Ministry of Health’s Website

COVID-19 Self Assessment Guide

Renfrew County Health Unit

Arnprior Regional Health

Public Health Ontario

Resources + Programs For Residents

Emergency Preparedness Guide

EI Sickness Benefit

Arnprior and District Food Bank

Electricity Relief

Energy Assistance Program

Emergency Funding Available Through Ontario Works

Arnprior – Braeside – McNab Senior’s at Home

Provincial Mental Health Assistance

Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County

Healthy Eating on a Budget:
Fruits and Veggies

Protein
Healthy Eating During COVID

Resources + Programs For Businesses

Re-Opening/Operating

Reopening Ontario Plan

Ontario Small Business Recovery Resources

Renfrew County Health Unit Guidance Fact Sheets for Businesses

Onatrio Health and Safety Association Guidance Documents and Courses for Workplaces

Find Personal Protective Equipment 

Operations Best Practices for Industries

Click here to submit your business updates to the Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce

Closures

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Financial Assistance

Below are a variety of grants, rebates, programs and loans available to businesses at this time. Here is a great video on Funding Application Writing Fundamentals that can assist you when completing applications. 

Grants/Rebates

  • Small Business Support Program
    Small businesses who are required to close or significantly restrict services effective December 26, have fewer than 100 employees, and experienced a minimum of 20% revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019* may be granted between $10,000 and $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue as a result of the provincial shutdown.
    Click here for more information on this grant.
  • Mainstreet Relief Grant: PPE Support
    Small businesses with between two to nine employees, and who fall into one of the sectors below, are eligible for a grant up to $1,000 to cover the cost of PPE:
    Click here for more information and to apply.
  • Property Tax & Energy Bill Rebates
    Businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs. Businesses struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19 may also be eligible for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB), which you can apply to through your utility provider.
    Click here for more information and eligibility requirements
  • Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
    Canadian businesses, non-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.This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.
    Click here for more information on the CERS
  • Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
    As 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, 2020. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations.
    Click here for more information on CEWS
  • shopHERE Offers Free Website Development
    shopHERE, a Digital Mainstreet Program powered by Google, is offering to build free websites for registered businesses (including home-based businesses and artists) who need and want to sell products online.A Digital Mainstreet Team will build your Shopify store for you and help you get online quickly and effortlessly. You will receive training on how to manage your online store, as well as a $100 ad credit for Facebook and Google.
    Click here for more information and to register.
  •  Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization Tourism Recovery & Innovation Program (OHTO TRIP).

    Developed in partnership with Ottawa Tourism, TRIP – Capital Projects program is geared specifically to tourism-dependent small to medium businesses and provides non-repayable funding up to 80% of eligible expenses incurred to modify operations to a maximum of $20,000. This program was created to offset costs related to one-time modifications and/or re-opening costs, implementation of health and safety protocols, and digitization measures.

    Applications to this new funding stream will be accepted beginning Jan. 15, 2021 and will continue on an ongoing basis until Dec. 31, 2021, or until funds are depleted. Priority status will be given to eligible businesses who apply by Thursday, Jan. 31, 2021.

    Click here for more information on the program. 

Loans

  • Canadian Emergency Business Account
    Povides interest-free loans of up to $60,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 33 percent (up to $20,000).
    Click here for more information
  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
    The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) 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. In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities they serve, RCCFDC will focus on assisting sole proprietorship “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with loans up to $40,000.  If you have received CEBA you are still eligible to apply for RRRF but will be ineligible for the 25% forgivable portion.
    Click here for more information on the RRRF
  • BDC Working Capital Financing
    Loans of up to $2 million for businesses directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19, with flexible repayment terms such as principal postponements for qualifying businesses.
    Click here for more information on this program
  • BDC Small Business Loan
    Up to $100,000 online for businesses who have been in operation for at least 24 months and are generating revenues.
    Click here for more information on this program

 

Income Replacement

Other Resources