Economic Resources

ATTENTION PICKLE LAKE HOME BAKERS AND FOOD MAKERS

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT SELLING HOME BASED FOODS

Ministry of Health A Guide to Starting a Home-based Food Business (December 2020) This is a step-by-step guide to starting a home-based food business. It also provides you with a brief overview of public health requirements. Starting a Home-based Food Business Step 1: Deciding what food you want to sell. Home-based food businesses (e.g. private chefs, farmer’s market vendors) are allowed to sell food in keeping with the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and the Food Premises Regulation. Changes to the Food Premises Regulation that took effect on January 1, 2020 makes it easier for individuals and businesses to sell low-risk, home-prepared foods. What Are Low-Risk Food Items? Low-risk food items are generally considered non-hazardous and do not require time and temperature control. Some examples of low-risk foods include: • Most breads and buns (without meat, cream filling, etc.); • Most baked goods (with no custard); • Chocolate, hard candies and brittles; • Fudge and toffees; • Pickles, jams and preserves; • Granola, trail mix, nuts and seeds; • Cakes (icing that doesn’t require refrigeration), brownies, muffins and cookies. • Coffee beans and tea leaves; Step 2: Application process You are required to contact your local public health unit where your home-based food business will be located to let them know you are a new food operator by completing an application form, which is often located on the public health unit’s website. Your local public health unit and its staff will provide guidance on food safety measures to consider depending on the food you are planning to prepare (i.e., food preparation activities, safe operational practices, etc.) Ministry of Health | Page 2 Step 3: Review public health requirements All food premises, including home-based food businesses, are subject to the requirements of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), the Food Premises Regulation and periodic inspection by inspectors from their local public health unit. Please note: Home-based food businesses that prepare only low-risk foods are exempt from certain regulatory requirements, such as: • Specified handwashing stations in food premises; • Compliance with commercial dishwashing requirements; and • Food handling training certification. For more information on compliance with the Food Premises Regulation, you can review the following Ministry of Health resource for the full list of public health requirements and best practices to help guide you: Food Premises Reference Document. For additional helpful resources to assist with food labelling, declaring allergens and food safety measures, please review the Reference Document for Safe Food Donation and Food Donation Supplemental Materials. These documents offer information about the recent regulatory changes and best practices. Step 4: Open your business!

Attention artisans, crafters and small business owners! Expand your small business and sell your products on Etsy!

Essential Information:

What: Learn how to operate your own Etsy shop, add items to sell, drive traffic to your site, tips and tricks, and expand your small business. This workshop is designed for Etsy beginners or those wishing to learn the latest trends.

IF YOU MISSED THIS SESSION CONTACT LYNN COX EDO FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SELLING ON ETSY

ANNOUNCED TODAY – JANUARY 21, 2021

****NEW SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS – GRANT AVAILABLE****

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/

  1. Ontario Small Business Support Grant – The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Province-wide Shutdown
  2. Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees.
  3. Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants for businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (modified Stage 2 restrictions or, going forward, in areas categorized as control, Lockdown or Provincewide Shutdown). This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses in respect of property taxes and energy bills.

CHECK OUT THE LINK ABOVE TO FIND OUT IF YOUR BUSINESS IS ELIGIBLE

Questions? Greg Rickford MPP is offering assistance with accessing these programs. Website

https://www.gregrickfordmpp.ca

Great program to access information for your start up business! Sign up today at https://www.nwoinnovation.ca/trailblazer

NOTO has provided a comprehensive guide for businesses offering meal and accommodation services. To download click the link below.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/develop-your-covid-19-workplace-safety-plan

For access to all the Destination Northern Ontario Webinars go to:

Check in here regularly to access information that will assist you with your current business or if you are looking to establish or purchase a business in Pickle Lake.

LOAN PROGRAM FOR COVID AFFECTED BUSINESSES THAT DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE OTHER PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH PACE

Please see the below funding announcement. Interested businesses can contact PACE’s Business Development Coordinator, Noreen Cox at noreenc@pace-cf.on.ca or by visiting https://www.pace-cf.on.ca/contact

To be eligible for PACE’s stream, businesses will need to have been established and viable prior to March 1, 2020. They will need to demonstrate that they have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses will need to have fewer than 500 employees, annual sales revenue of less than $20 million, and provide goods and services for the market economy. Businesses will also need to have attempted to access other COVID-19 relief measures like CEBA, AFI, etc.

The RRRF loans offered will include the following terms:

  • 0% interest until December 31, 2022.
  • No principal payments until December 31, 2022. 
  • Principal repayments can be voluntarily made at any time.
  • 25% up to a maximum of $10,000 in loan forgiveness is available, provided the outstanding balance is paid back by December 31, 2022.
  • If any part of the balance is not paid by December 31, 2022, the remaining balance will be converted to a term loan at up to 5% annual interest. Effective January 1, 2023.
  • The full balance must be repaid no later than December 31, 2025. 
  • No security will be required.

DESTINATION NORTHERN ONTARIO WEBINAR SERIES

The following Link will take you to Destination Northern Ontario’s Webinar Channel where you will find a rich resource of information generated from their Adapt 2020 series. While mostly relating to Covid-19, there are a number of sessions that are applicable to ongoing operation (exclusive of the challenges arising from the pandemic).

https://www.gotostage.com/channel/adapt2020

The New Normal way of Operating – Dealing with Cleanliness and Distancing in your Business for the long term.

https://www.gotostage.com/channel/116b93b38112426eb3a8aa0ee65ffc54/recording/520ad98e952040d69f205505031b98e6/watch

I recommend all business owners watch this webinar to ensure they are complying with regulations and meeting staff and customer’s needs for meeting safety requirements.

Succession Planning – Are you a Buyer or a Seller? Even if you plan to retire of sell “someday”, I highly recommend you watch this webinar and begin your succession plan. Lots of resources are outlined to assist both buyer and seller to ensure a smooth and successful transition.