The Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce has been around since 1957. We are a small yet active Chamber serving businesses located in towns, villages and hamlets along Lake Huron’s shoreline corridor.
Our Members are located as far away as Sarnia and Goderich as well as closer to home in Arkona, Dashwood, Exeter, Forest, Grand Bend, Ipperwash, Northville, Parkhill, Port Franks, St. Joseph, Thedford and Zurich – and all points in between!
The Chamber had its roots in an earlier Grand Bend Promotion Committee in the 1950s which worked to promote tourism to the area and still today we provide Tourism & Visitor Services to the Municipality of Lambton Shores at the Welcome Centre located in Grand Bend, just 500-metres from the Beach that started it all.
Chamber Members Open for Business During Covid-19
We asked our Members to let us know their state of operations during Covid-19 action. Here’s a list of businesses who responded to let us know their hours of operation and any special restrictions or guidelines. Download the list (PDF). We also recommend visiting our Facebook page – @grandbendtourism – and checking all of the posts from local businesses to get a more up-to-date and complete idea of who is open and who is not.
Covid-19 Resources for Business
Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership has put together a page of federal and provincial government programs to help offset the impact of Covid-19 on businesses and the self-employed. Visit COVID-19 Resources for Businesses now. Also, here’s a list of Government, Business, Agriculture and Economic Development Resources. Downloadable cheat sheets: Canada Revenue Agency Programs (PDF); Federal Government Programs (non-CRA)(PDF).
As well, they are seeking your input on a survey they’re conducting on the impact of Covid-19 on YOUR business. Take the Survey!
Government Revenue Agency
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
- Temporary Wage Subsidy FAQs
- Avoiding Layoffs, Access to Credit, Support for Farmers, Supporting Financial Stability
- COVID-19 Government Announced Support – March 24 2020 (PDF)
If you are self-employed:
The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), available starting early April (via web portal or phone), will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:
- workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
- wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.
- workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
- workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
Destination Canada – slide down towards the bottom of their Covid-19 page to “Industry Support” for list of government supports for small business.
Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation
Huron County Economic Development
Tax Templates Inc.
Municipal Accommodation Tax
In April of this year, the Chamber sent a letter to Mayor and Council outlining its concerns and recommendations regarding the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT tax) and the particular business climate within Lambton Shores and surrounding area regarding short term rentals, the good and the bad. A similar letter was provided to Tourism Sarnia Lambton in November.
Read the Letter (PDF)
Handy Member Quicklinks:
- Directory of Chamber Members
- Upcoming Chamber Events
- Current and previous newsletters
- Chamber Members Only Forum
- Pay My Bill