COVID-19 UPDATES

Below are links to information and advice from official authorities regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak. Below are trusted sources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. novel coronavirus.

PROVINCIAL ROADMAP TO REOPEN – STEP TWO (MODIFIED)

As of Wednesday January 5th, 2022 at 12:01am the Province of Ontario is in a Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. The restrictions put in places for Step Two includes but is not limited to:

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Face masks are advised but not required for outdoor events
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is still required
  • Individual indoor events must be limited to 5 people and outdoors to 10
  • Capacity limits must be posted

To see full details and additional details please click ontario.ca.

ONTARIO PROOF OF VACCINATION

Proof of vaccination includes a print out or digital copy of your full vaccination status and must include the QR code as of January 4th, 2022.

To download a proof of your vaccination or for additional details please click covid19.ontariohealth.ca.


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RESEARCH & DATA

Destination Ontario continues to provide statistics to help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the consumer mindset and to inform marketing recovery strategies.

To view the latest report dated December 14th, 2021 please click here.

Please note this will be the final COVID-19 trends and statistics report created and distributed by Destinations Ontario regarding broad based travel sentiment, be ongoing travel sentiment research programs will still be in place.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Digital Main Street Program

Supporting the growth of Main Street businesses by making the adoption of digital tools and technologies easier (click here).

Digital Main Street Program includes Digital Service Squad (Offers one-to-one assistance to main street businesses with their adoption of technology – click here), ShopHERE (Get an online store for your business built for free – click here), Digital Ontario Grants (Learn digital skills and apply for a $2,500 grant for your business – click here), and FutureProof (Detailed deep dive to support business transformation – click here).  Learn more about Digital Main Street by visiting digitalmainstreet.ca.

Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund

The Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund (TEDRF) is an application-based, cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects that either: encourage the development of innovative new tourism products, support tourism investment, or build the capacity of Ontario’s tourism industry.

Reconnect Ontario 2022

Reconnect Ontario 2022 is a program supporting eligible festivals and events that take place between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.  It supports festivals and events that have a tourism economic impact and motivate visitors to rediscover Ontario, reconnect people with local experiences and generate increased tourism spending.  To apply, click here. For program guidelines please click here.


ACCESS TO RAPID TESTING KITS

Rapid Testing Kits Available for Small & Medium-Sized Windsor Essex Businesses

The Windsor Essex Chamber of Commerce launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative known as ‘WEStaySafe’. Through this initiative they are distributing FREE rapid test kits for small-to-medium-sized businesses across Windsor and Essex County. Businesses (including non-Chamber Members) with 150 employees or less are welcome to order their tests by clicking here.


SAFE TRAVELS CERTIFICATION

Businesses can now get a self-certified Safe Travels Stamp based on worldwide industry protocols the World Travel & Tourism Council has put together for every aspect of the hospitality and tourism sector. Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island was the first DMO in Ontario to receive their Safe Travels stamp, and we encourage you to apply today for the opportunity to be engaged in this valuable visitor education program and join the list of our current approved businesses.

  • To apply, please click here. For further guidelines, please click here.
  • For more information on the program, please click here and for a list of approved Safe Travels Stamp applicants in Ontario, please click here.

RESOURCES AT A NATIONAL LEVEL

Federal Funding & Support Measures for Businesses

  • The Government of Canada is providing COVID-19 Resources for Business and COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses
  • The Business Development Bank of Canada is providing federal and provincial support measures during the pandemic. Click here for more. Timely webinars assisting businesses to adapt and recover can be found here.
  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has created the Canadian Business Resilience Network offering critical resources to assist businesses through the pandemic.
  • The Tourism Relief Fund, launched by the Government of Canada and delivered through FedDev Ontario, supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. For more information and to access the application for funding, click here.
  • Tourism & Hospitality Emergency Recovery is a national workforce recovery initiative to connect
    workers to exciting career opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector and to support
    businesses across Canada. Click here for more.

RESOURCES AT A PROVINCIAL LEVEL

Contact Us

Please contact the Tourism Windsor Essex team with questions or concerns. Our team values the health and safety of everyone in our region – our staff, visitors, and our industry partners.

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the regional tourism industry. We are a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting and selling Windsor, Essex and Pelee Island as a remarkable destination for tourist, convention goers and business travelers. To view our mission and mandate please click here.

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