Launch of the Prescott and Russell Economic Response and Recovery Plan

L’Orignal, August 26, 2020 – The United Counties of Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism (PREDT), in collaboration with the eight municipalities of the region, has now made available the Prescott and Russell Economic Response and Recovery Plan.
This plan is the result of a collective effort to organize and implement the regional economic recovery. The strategy, as well as the 37 actions proposed to relaunch the Prescott and Russell economy, are based on the opinion of the business community gathered through two surveys totalling 758 respondents. Nine consultations conducted with organizations dedicated to economic development or business support in the region will also ensure that the recovery actions are effective and coordinated.
“At the beginning of the crisis, the objective was to limit the economic impacts related to COVID-19. Now, to ensure economic recovery and to allow our businesses to restart safely, we are supporting and encouraging them to adapt to new realities and innovations to ensure their longer-term resilience," explained Carole Lavigne, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the UCPR.
The recovery plan is based on seven strategic pillars aimed at:
• supporting businesses
• promoting local purchasing behaviour
• ensuring a digital pivot
• improving the resilience of the business community
• reviewing regional strategic economic planning
• developing the regional workforce, and
• restoring the confidence of consumers and tourists in the region.
“The impacts of COVID-19 on the region's businesses are undeniable, and being the economic drivers of our communities that play an important role in our recovery, it is more important than ever to support them,” said Pierre Leroux, Warden of the UCPR Council.
The economic recovery will take place over an indeterminate period of time and in an uncertain context. That said, the plan presented today will need to be updated regularly. For this reason, the UCPR recommends that the community regularly consult its website for the most recent version.

COVID-19 Statistics for the EOHU Region by Municipality

COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered HIGH.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) continues to work with our partners at the regional, provincial and federal levels to monitor the situation, and is prepared to respond to cases in our area.

Every day at 10:30 a.m., the Province of Ontario's COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) webpage is updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario. Follow the Eastern Ontario Health Unit on Twitter or Facebook to receive notification of local updates.

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The Clarence Creek Arena ice surface reopens on September 8

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND – August 31st, 2020 – The Clarence creek Arena ice surface will be available for rentals as of September 8, 2020. To ensure everyone's safety, this reopening respects the measures put in place by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

A maximum of 25 skaters will be permitted on the ice, while the total number of patrons in the arena will be 50. At the moment, spectators are not authorized.

It is important to note that change rooms and showers remain closed. The main lobby will be divided in two temporary rooms for the sole purpose of putting on skates. Participants are expected to arrive ready to play; they will have access to the facility 15 minutes prior to their booking and must vacate 15 minutes afterwards. Masks are mandatory in the arena, except for on the ice. Physical distancing of at least 2 meters must also be maintained.

Community Services will communicate with its regular clients shortly. To reserve ice time or for more information, please contact Martine Pigeon at mpigeon@clarence-rockland.com or at
613-446-6022 ext. 2314.

For information

Julie Chartrand

Communications Officer

City of Clarence-Rockland

jchartrand@clarence-rockland.com


The Client Service Centre reopens without appointments on September 8th

CLARENCE-ROCKLAND – September 2, 2020 – The City of Clarence-Rockland’s Client Service Centre will welcome residents without appointments as of 8:30 am on Tuesday, September 8th. The issuance of marriage licences will continue to be by appointment only, as was already the practice before the start of the pandemic.

Please note that for everyone’s safety, only one resident will be permitted in the Client Service Centre lobby at a time. Other members of the public wanting services will have to line up outside. Services continue to be available online and by appointment.

The construction service counter will also be open without an appointment, but strictly for the purpose of submitting and picking up forms. Client Services will continue to process payments for construction permits. Appointments will continue to be required in order to meet with all other municipal employees.

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