How We are Responding….
We are grateful that our 3 levels of government are responding quickly to offer relief for businesses and individuals! We also are hearing that there are so many opportunities, it can be cumbersome finding out what’s out there! If you are toggling between government websites to find out what relief programs are available we may be able to help.
We’ve developed a GUIDE
that lists the major government relief programs in 3 categories ( Subsidies & Deferrals; Loans & Grants; Support to Individuals). Each program listed has a link to its Federal, Provincial or Municipal site for more information about it.
On behalf of our 170 plus members, we thank you for your loyalty to our businesses, services and your friendship. We hope you can continue to support our many businesses and service agencies in the following ways:
- by calling ahead to the service or business to see if they are open, have adjusted hours, have gift certificates or added online services
- by purchasing gift certificates even if you can’t use them right away.
- by supporting them on social media
- by reaching out to other “customers” you have become accustomed to seeing at their location and forming an online community to keep in touch
We have asked our members to share their news, updates or new online services and will be sharing regular updates. You can find them here and on our social media @VillageOnMainNS
We know that the three things with greatest potential to be strained during the coronavirus pandemic are our health, our finances and our contact with others.
- Health: There is a lot of information available about staying safe, mostly related to frequently washing your hands and social distancing. We hope you are all taking these tips seriously and remain well and safe, at home. Stay tuned to updates mandated by Dr. Strang and the Nova Scotia Health Authority
- Finances: We are sharing everything we hear about government relief for businesses and employees. There is a new group, the Nova Scotia Business Labour Economic Coalition (NSBLEC) led by the Chamber of Commerce established to address these specific concerns. We are connected by feeding concerns from our members to advocate for them and providing updates from the group. We have also been sharing and updating government relief efforts on our social media.
- Contact with others: We want to help you stay in touch with friends, family or our member customers beyond a one on one phone call. We encourage our Village on Main customers, community or clientele to stay connected; the neighbourhood group, the church community, the group that meets at Tim Hortons, the parents that used to get together while their children are in school or at recreation programs, etc.
Besides telephone calls, there are three options:
- Use one of the many free versions of video conferencing to connect. They are all good but each as its own limitations.
- Pay for a video conferencing service with more options to reach more people, longer conversations, recording, captioning, etc.
- If you are not using a free service or a paid service because you are not familiar with them or don’t want to pay for one, we can offer a free account to our online video service to our members or their friends and customer base. It offers more than the free versions and allows recording, captioning, over 200 people to gather at once, etc. We can offer a tutorial and walk you through it if you need assistance. Please let us know if you are interested by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us what your group is and how you are connected to us or our members.
- Networking events have always been popular so we’d like to host them online via video conferencing. We are planning on setting up a video conferencing networking for members of The Village on Main to hear about their needs and how we can help. We will also reach out to our friends and host an open networking event on the scheduled third Wed to stay in touch with our followers and supporters outside of the Village on Main and hear their concerns to see if there are gaps or success stories among government relief efforts.