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COVID-19 Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team


Dear Business Owner/Manager,
On behalf of Niagara’s Economic Rapid Response Team, we are asking for your participation in the second and final COVID-19 Business Impact Survey as we work to assess impact of COVID-19 on the local economy and plan for economic recovery.
While the preservation of public health remains a priority for all of us in response to the spread of COVID-19, as we all know the economic impacts and challenges are immense.
In an effort to plan for economic recovery and advocate for programs and resources that will help Niagara businesses through recovery, we require information from Niagara businesses in order to inform and direct our efforts.
Please take a moment to complete this survey before Monday May 25 at 5pm.  The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, but the information is critical for us to have in order to advocate on your behalf to ensure Niagara business get the supports needed for recovery.
The survey is available here:
For more information on the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team and current information on resources for businesses, please visit the following website:

Thank you,

Niagara’s Economic Rapid Response Team

Queen Street Virtual Market

The Downtown Board of Management is excited to announce the launch of their first ever, Queen Street Virtual Market! 

They will be giving away over $500 worth of gift cards from their local businesses over Instagram live! That's right. You and your friends could win over $500 worth of gift cards simply by tuning into their Instagram live stream on Friday May 29th starting at 12 noon! 

Want to learn more? RSVP here:

FREE 2-Part USMCA Webinar
hosted by
Government of Canada and Mohawk Global Trade Advisors

On July 1, 2020, NAFTA Becomes USMCA
Are You & Your Customers Prepared?
Like NAFTA, USMCA Can Benefit Your Business


USMCA Overview and Qualifying your Goods 

Like NAFTA, USMCA can benefit your business. USMCA builds on NAFTA's success but brings documentation and origin procedural changes. Part one will provide expert guidance to help you understand USMCA, its enhancements, and changes.

You will learn
  • NAFTA benefits that propel USMCA
  • Implementation updates and timing
  • Changes to the agreement
  • How to qualify your goods
  • How to navigate the rules of origin

Date: May 28, 2020

Time: 10AM - 11AM

Cost: FREE


Technical Changes - How to Prepare USMCA Documentation

Like NAFTA, USMCA can benefit your business. USMCA builds on NAFTA's success but brings documentation and origin procedural changes. Part two will provide expert guidance to help you explain, in detail, new procedures, including qualifying your goods and new declarations.

Date: June 4, 2020

Time: 10AM - 11AM

Cost: FREE


Venture Niagara COVID-19 Business Loan

Venture Niagara has created a COVID-19 Business Loan available to Niagara businesses. The loan details and the application process for a Venture Niagara COVID-19 Business Loan are as follows:.
  • Loans from $2,500 - $15,000.
  • 3 year amortization.
  • Fixed interest rate of 2.45% for the first year with interest only payments in year one.
  • Fixed interest rate of 3.45% for the balance of the loan.
  • Principal & interest payments start in year two and continue to the end of the loan.
  • The loan is repayable anytime in part or in full without penalty.

Loan criteria

  • To assist with the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic on the applicant’s business.
  • Loan is not to be used to repay current loans, operating lines, or credit card debt.
  • The business must be based in Venture Niagara’s service area including the following municipalities: Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet and Welland.
  • Reasonable personal financial investment must be shown by the applicant.
  • Business must have been in operation for at least one year prior to March 1, 2020.
  • Good personal credit rating.
  • Demonstrated ability to repay.
  • Competent management.
  • Future economic viability of the business.
  • Loan application are to be submitted by May 31, 2020.
Learn more about the Venture Niagara COVID-19 Business Loan at
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Our mailing address is:
City of Niagara Falls
Business Development Department
4310 Queen Street
P.O. Box 1023
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2E 6X5

Serge Felicetti - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5102
Wendy Canavan - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5002
Angela Davidson - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5001

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