The UCPR and its partners unveil a new E-Business Grant Program to help local SMEs

L’Orignal, September 3, 2020 – The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) are proud to announce the launch of the new Prescott and Russell E-Business Grant Program for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Partners include the Municipality of The Nation, the Town of Hawkesbury, the Township of Russell, the Municipality of Casselman, the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet, the City of Clarence-Rockland, as well as the Prescott-Russell Employment Services Centre (CSEPR), the Hawkesbury Industrial Investment Association (HIIA), the Caisse Desjardins Ontario, the Eastern Ontario Training Board and the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation.

“This regional partnership, which has brought together a total of $66,000, was organized in response to the difficulties experienced by SMEs since the beginning of the pandemic,” stated Carole Lavigne, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the UCPR. “It was created specifically to help business owners adapt and enhance their traditional online sales processes by incorporating a transactional e-commerce solution.”

This program is also an initiative resulting from the Prescott and Russell Economic Response and Recovery Plan, created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners in Prescott and Russell seeking an e-commerce platform or transactional e-business solution to enhance their online business activities may apply for up to $1,000 toward the implementation of their chosen solution.

The application form and guidelines are now available on the websites of the UCPR and its partners. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds have all been distributed. One particular element of the program is to honour e-commerce platforms that were implemented and paid for between March 15 and December 15, 2020.

“All initiatives to support our businesses are a priority right now, especially during these difficult times,” added Caroline Arcand, Executive Director of the CSEPR. “We felt it was essential to implement an e-business program for our SMEs, particularly as online sales are gaining momentum as a result of the uncertain economic climate.”

Additional coaching will be available to help businesses for training or financing opportunities regarding e-business for SMEs in Prescott and Russell. For more information about the grant program or to access the guidelines and application form, please visit

The UCPR would like to thank the Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation for its collaboration, which allowed this initiative to be made possible.

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Justin Bromberg

Chief of Staff and Communications Manager

613-675-4661, extension 2002

Major Update to the Wastewater Treatment Plant

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND – September 4, 2020 – The City of Clarence-Rockland is currently undertaking major works on the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on Industrielle Street in Rockland, as well as on Pumping Station 1, on County Road 17.

The $22 million project includes, among other things, the installation of a preliminary screen at the treatment plant to reduce odours and to allow adequate treatment of wastewater before it is discharged into the Ottawa River. The modernization of Pumping Station 1 and the linking of the wastewater evacuation pipe with the plant will allow the City to continue its growth.

“We would like to thank the Industrial Park business owners for their patience. This project will reduce odour emanation from the treatment plant and improve the quality of life for nearby business people and residents. We also sincerely thank residents for their collaboration during the closures of Industrielle Street and, more recently, County Road 17,” said Mayor Guy Desjardins.

Industrielle Street remains closed due to heavy machinery movement in a small area. It is planned to remain closed until the beginning of next year. A detour route has been set up, directing traffic through De la Berge Road. The construction team is reviewing alternate procedures to reopen the street earlier.

Work began on March 23, 2020, and is scheduled to continue until early 2022.

For information:

Julian Lenhart


Infrastructure and Planning


Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge) is proposing to install a secondary natural gas line to maintain delivery pressures in the municipality of Clarence-Rockland. All current services will be unaffected as a result of this project. If approved, the Rockland Reinforcement Project (the Project) will include the construction of up to 4.5 km of 4-inch steel natural gas pipeline. The Project will connect to Enbridge’s existing system at either Poupart Road at Laurier Street OR Baseline Road at Joanisse Road, and will terminate at a proposed new station located on St. Jean Street south of Docteur Corbeil Blvd.

Environmental Study Process
Enbridge has retained Stantec Consulting Ltd. to undertake an Environmental Study on the construction and operation of the proposed natural gas pipeline. The Environmental Study will fulfill the requirements of the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) “Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction, and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Facilities in Ontario, 7th Edition (2016)”. It is anticipated that the Environmental Report for the study will be completed in November 2020, after which Enbridge Gas will file an application for the proposed pipeline to the OEB. The OEB’s review and approval is required before the proposed project can proceed. If approved, construction of the pipeline is currently anticipated to begin in spring 2023.

Invitation to the Community
Engagement with Indigenous communities, landowners, government agencies, current customers, the general public, and other interested parties is an integral component of the planning process. As a result of the physical distancing requirements set out by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario due to COVID-19, we are hosting a Virtual Open House to provide you with an opportunity to review the Project and provide input.

Virtual Open House Website:
Active Dates: September 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to September 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., Eastern time
If you are unable to access the Virtual Open House between September 14 and 28, please call the Project Team and leave a message with your contact information, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Your input will be used to confirm the route and create mitigation plans to be implemented during construction. If you are interested in participating, or would like to provide comments, please visit the Open House website or contact the team.
Enbridge Project Website: (click on the “Projects” tab and navigate to “Rockland Reinforcement Project”)
For any questions or comments regarding the Environmental Study or the proposed Rockland Reinforcement Project, please contact:

Rockland Reinforcement Project Team
Tel: 613-738-6058


#CRLocal: The City Wants to See You Support Local Businesses

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND – October 6, 2020 – For Thanksgiving, the City of Clarence-Rockland would like to show its appreciation to residents for supporting the municipality’s businesses. The pandemic has been, and continues to be, a hardship on local commerce.

Whether it’s visiting a farmer, grocery shopping, making an appointment at the hairdresser or ordering a meal at a restaurant in our community, residents are making the important choice to support local entrepreneurs on a daily basis. These actions may seem trivial but are very important for the economic vitality of our community.

In order to show its appreciation, the City of Clarence-Rockland is launching its #CRLocal campaign with a contest encouraging people to support local businesses.

“Choosing to support a local business is one of the most important things to do during this pandemic. We want to see you at a restaurant, convenience store or receiving advice from a construction or accounting expert,” said Alexandra Riel, Economic Development Officer for the City of Clarence-Rockland.

We are inviting contest participants to upload a selfie to Facebook showing them supporting a Clarence-Rockland business, tag the Cité de / City of Clarence-Rockland Facebook page using @clarencerockland. Do not forget to say which establishment you visited in addition to the hashtag #CRLocal.

Every participant will receive a reusable cloth shopping bag. In addition, three randomly chosen participants will receive a gift certificate of $100 at a Clarence-Rockland business of their choice.

Be sure to visit our business directory, which can be found on the home page of  Businesses are added every week.

#CRLocal Contest Rules

  • Contest participants must:
    • Upload a selfie to Facebook showing themselves supporting a Clarence-Rockland business (your security features must be at Public),
    • OR send it to us by private message or email and we will do it for you;
    • Tag the Cité de / City of Clarence-Rockland by using @clarencerockland, and
    • Add the hashtag #CRLocal to their post;
  • Three winners, chosen by random draw among the contest participants, will receive a $100 gift certificate to a Clarence-Rockland business of their choice;
  • Draws for the $100 gift certificates will take place on October 30, 2020, November 30, 2020, and on December 30, 2020;
  • Every participant gets a Clarence-Rockland reusable cloth shopping bag;
  • Open to anyone that visits and supports a Clarence-Rockland business in person;
  • Only people 18 years and over can submit a photo;
  • No purchase necessary;
  • Clarence-Rockland employees are excluded from this contest;
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the City of Clarence-Rockland and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.


For information

Julie Chartrand

Communications Officer

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