City’s Economic Development Office launches local business support campaign

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BRANTFORD, ON: The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to various aspects of our everyday lives and to the many businesses that serve as the backbone to our local economy. Disruptions to global supply chains, decreasing demand for products and worker unavailability as a result of sustained social distancing are, for the foreseeable future, the new reality for business operations.

The City of Brantford’s Economic Development and Tourism Department remains committed to supporting and assisting businesses at a time when sustainability of operations is of greatest importance. “Now more than ever, businesses require timely, up-to-date information on how to best navigate the uncertainty of the current situation, while also trying to remain viable and ensure the safety and well-being of their employees and customers. “ said Kevin Finney, Director of Economic Development and Tourism.

In response to these needs, the City’s Economic Development and Tourism Department has initiated several immediate actions to support businesses, including:

  1. COVID-19 Business Supports and Resources Webpage that is updated regularly and provides key information from all levels of government, stakeholder organizations and access to informative online webinar sessions
  2. COVID-19 Local Business Impact Survey that will be utilized to understand the current challenges facing business and direct solutions required in the immediate to long-term from all levels of government
  3. Actively participating and providing support to the Brantford Brant Regional Economic Development Business Support Group in partnership with the Brantford Brant Chamber of Commerce, Paris and District Chamber of Commerce, County of Brant Economic Development Department and Brantford Brant Business Resource Enterprise Centre

 “From the onset of the pandemic, Brantford businesses have demonstrated resiliency and compassion in a time of unprecedented adversity. I am truly overwhelmed by the number of businesses that have stepped up and donated much needed critical supplies to essential service providers and dedicated healthcare workers”, added Finney.

 Examples include SC Johnson, Ferrero Canada, Apotex Pharmachem, Antler Services, and Enbridge Gas, with many more reaching out to help as the situation continues to unfold. Several manufacturers are also looking at retooling their current operations to meet demand for supplies in greatest need.

 Local businesses requiring more information are encouraged to reach out to Economic Development and Tourism staff at (519)-751-9900 or .

For additional updates regarding City programs and services, and the continuity of essential services visit the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages and



Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi - Director, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | 519.751.9900 ext. 5754 |




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