To The Haldimand Press
CAYUGA—Small businesses are at the heart of our economy; many are vital to this community and are facing uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since May 2020, $436.4 million has been made available under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to southern Ontario businesses through FedDev Ontario, including $83.3 million in targeted rural support delivered by Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs).
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hit us all very hard, including the Haldimand County and Township of West Lincoln business community. Many businesses were unable to operate for months, which caused sales to drop sharply or even come to a complete stop. Even businesses with detailed business plans and excellent track records of success were operating blindly and in an environment of uncertainty. Many of these businesses were forced to alter their operations, including the Grand Erie Business Centre.