Kawartha Lakes Recovery

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Economic Recovery Task ForceThank you for joining us on the road to recovery from COVID-19.
Locally, the Kawartha Lakes economy has been challenged. A resilient community, many local businesses and organizations have made tremendous efforts to re-orient and adapt their processes. However, there's a need for everyone involved to strategically work towards economic recovery. We have established two Task Forces to make recommendations to Council on how to best assist our community recover.

Economic Recovery Task Force
The mission of the Economic Recovery Task Force is to equip the municipality to stimulate local economic recovery. Immediate priorities are: critical infrastructure investments, planning and

Economic Recovery Task ForceThank you for joining us on the road to recovery from COVID-19.
Locally, the Kawartha Lakes economy has been challenged. A resilient community, many local businesses and organizations have made tremendous efforts to re-orient and adapt their processes. However, there's a need for everyone involved to strategically work towards economic recovery. We have established two Task Forces to make recommendations to Council on how to best assist our community recover.

Economic Recovery Task Force
The mission of the Economic Recovery Task Force is to equip the municipality to stimulate local economic recovery. Immediate priorities are: critical infrastructure investments, planning and development stimulus, and business recovery and support.

Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force

The mission of the Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force is the coordination and implementation of recovery and relief efforts to support non-profit and community service providers in the broader health and human services sector. Immediate priorities are to identify gaps in service delivery and identification of funding opportunities and resources needed by the sector.



  • Kawartha Lakes opens second round of Community Pandemic Recovery Fund

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Kawartha Lakes Council has approved a second round of applications for the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund (CPRF) to utilize the remaining funds from the first round. The funding is for programs and services that increase or maintain supports to residents in meeting their basic human service needs.

    The balance of $49,162 that was not awarded in the first round in March will be made available to eligible organizations located outside the geographical boundaries for eligibility for the Lindsay CHEST Fund through a second application process of the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund, to a maximum of $7,500 per application.

    The goals of the CPRF are to encourage the necessary collaboration and sharing of resources, foster the essential innovation of operations and practice, build capacity to foster long-term stability, and to establish intentional progressive planning.

    Eligible organizations include non-profit and community service providers in the broader health and human services sector. Organizations must be an incorporated non-profit organization or registered charity.

    Details on the application process and the application form is available on the municipal website at www.kawarthalakes.ca/CPRF.

    Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Friday May 14 and then will be reviewed by an Evaluation Committee.

    Notice regarding final funding decisions is expected to be released by June 4, 2021.

    For questions, please contact Holly Russett at hrussett@kawarthalakes.ca or 705-324-9870 extension 3228.

  • Community Pandemic Recovery Fund awards $245,000 to local organizations

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    Kawartha Lakes – In response to the wide-ranging impact of the community, Kawartha Lakes Council has made available a Community Pandemic Recovery Fund (CPRF) of $500,000. The purpose of the funding is to provide support for programs and services that assist residents in meeting their basic human service needs. The application period closed March 1 and the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund Evaluation Committee has reviewed all applications and awarded $245,000 to the qualifying organizations listed in the chart below.

    “The Committee is pleased to support the many agencies and organizations that met the funding criteria. These are valued partners in the well-being of our community and the funding is much needed to continue their work. Some projects involve adapting to the new world we find ourselves in, and the technology needed to reach those they serve,” commented Heather Kirby of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, Co-chair of the Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force.

    Eligible organizations include non-profit and community service providers in the broader health and human services sector. Organizations must be an incorporated non-profit organization or registered charity. The goals of the CPRF are to encourage the necessary collaboration and sharing of resources, foster the essential innovation of operations and practice, build capacity to foster long-term stability, and to establish intentional progressive planning. For unsuccessful applicants, the primary reason they were denied was a lack of alignment with the fund objective “to support pandemic recovery and relief efforts for non-profit and community service providers in the broader health and human services sector.”

    On April 6, Council adopted the Committee’s recommendations on the remaining balances:

    • the balance of $205,668 in Lindsay Legacy CHEST Funds that was not awarded will released to the Lindsay Legacy CHEST Fund Grant Committee and their distribution process will be reinstated.
    • the balance of $49,162 that was not awarded will be made available to eligible organizations located outside the geographical boundaries for eligibility for the Lindsay CHEST Fund through a second application process of the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund, to a maximum of $7,500 per application. Watch for updates on the municipal website.

    Follow along with the second intake on the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund webpage.

    Awarded applicants for the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund

    Applicant Project Amount Awarded

    Bethany Athletic Society

    Operating costs to maintain the community owned park.

    4,090.00

    Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Technology support and pandemic cleaning

    5,000.00

    Coboconk & District Lions Club

    Maintain community support services

    8,600.00

    Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes

    Develop and enhance improved technology and communications to support access to services

    67,300.00

    Heritage Christian School Society Inc.

    Pandemic cleaning and protective equipment

    16,531.78

    John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton

    Crisis response program

    60,000.00

    Omemee Curling and Recreation Club

    Operating costs (taxes) to survive

    7,647.52

    Senior Citizens Club of Fenelon Falls

    Operating costs to maintain club; consultant to improve operations and future opportunities; technology upgrades for online communications

    50,500.00

    United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes

    Administrative operating costs (facility and cleaning)

    25,500.00

    Total

    245,169.30

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  • Free 'Innovation for Non-Profits' Workshops

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    The Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force is offering workshops on ‘Innovation for Non-Profits’ on Tuesday, March 30 from 9am – noon and Wednesday, April 7 from 1 – 4pm. The workshops are free but registration is required.

    All formal and informal agencies, groups, clubs and organizations that provide programming in the community are welcome to attend. Multiple representatives are welcome although each representative must register individually.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • What is Innovation?
    • Why you need to ‘think outside the box’
    • How to look at your product or service delivery in a new way
    • Tools and resources to help you at every step of the process

    The workshop will be held on Zoom and pre-registration is required. Just click the link for your preferred date to register. Once you have registered the meeting details will be forwarded to you by email and you can add the workshop to your calendar.

    Tuesday, March 30 from 9am – 12pm

    Register at
    https://kawarthalakes.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcOispz8qGNWfLXS7FRRM_mmfWqVN_t1D

    Wednesday, April 7 from 1pm – 4pm

    Register at
    https://kawarthalakes.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrc-2rrz0rHtzyP-3lykhhHAI0_rUmq6pr

    Tech support will not be available the day of the workshop, so please test your Zoom microphone and speakers in advance of the workshop.

  • Pandemic relief and recovery funds on the way for community organizations

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the community in many ways, including the ability for non-profit and community service providers to meet the needs of those they serve.

    Kawartha Lakes Council has approved the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund (CPRF) to provide funding for programs and services that increase or maintain supports to residents in meeting their basic human service needs.

    Council approved $500,000 for the CPRF which is comprised of funds from the municipality’s contingency reserve as well as the 2021 allocation from the Lindsay Legacy CHEST Fund.

    “It is essential for the long-term growth of our community that we bolster our service providers so they can survive, thrive and continue to serve,” commented Heather Kirby of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, Co-chair of the Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force.

    The goals of the CPRF are to encourage the necessary collaboration and sharing of resources, foster the essential innovation of operations and practice, build capacity to foster long-term stability, and to establish intentional progressive planning.

    Eligible organizations include non-profit and community service providers in the broader health and human services sector. Organizations must be an incorporated non-profit organization or registered charity.

    Details on the application process and the application form is available on the municipal website at www.kawarthalakes.ca/CPRF. Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Monday, March 1 and then will be reviewed by an Evaluation Committee.

    “The creation of the Community Pandemic Recovery Fund reinforces Council’s commitment to our community recovery,” continued Heather Kirby of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, Co-chair of the Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force. “This funding will assist many local organizations in providing their much-needed services.”

  • Economic Recovery Task Force brings forward recommendations to Council

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    Council received a presentation at the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 3 from the Economic Recovery Task Force. The presentation summed up the consultations that have taken place with stakeholders across various sectors of the economy since May. The Task Force was established to provide advice and recommendations to Council on resources to stimulate local economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mayor Letham extended thanks on behalf of Council to all who have been involved in the process to date and noted, “We heard across the board that investments in our major development projects, downtowns and recreational assets are the best way forward for economic recovery. The Task Force recognized Council’s restraints and instead of asking for large amounts of funding, we looked to reprioritize the plans that were already in motion for the biggest impact in 2021 and beyond.”

    Rebecca Mustard, Manager of Economic Development, presented an overview of the path the Task Force has followed and explained that Task Force recommendations coming forward fall into three strategic focus areas: Critical Infrastructure Investments, Planning and Development Stimulus and Business Recovery and Support.

    Critical Infrastructure Investments
    Improvement of broadband across Kawartha Lakes was the most important priority identified. The City is currently working with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus (EOWC) on the Gig Project to deliver ultra-fast internet speeds to homes and businesses. On November 4, it was announced by the Province that an additional $680 million is being contributed to connecting homes, farms and businesses across Ontario.

    Projects that invest in downtowns, such as the Fenelon Falls and Omemee reconstruction projects, were another priority outlined to ensure continued vibrancy of our downtowns.

    Planning and Development Stimulus

    In order to improve the efficiency and timeliness of the Planning Application process, a Development Task Force Sub-Committee was established. Three initiatives that came out of this Sub-Committee include:

    1. Fast tracking a number of “shovel ready” applications to ensure that these developments begin as quickly as possible. This includes 280 apartment units, 178 townhouses and 300 square metres of commercial development.

    2. The creation of a planning application spreadsheet to provide staff, management and the public with more timely responses to inquiries on more than 130 pending applications.

    3. The Development Concierge Pilot Project is a nine month project focused on Site Plan applications. This project will not only improve customer service but reduce some of the time Planning staff are required to spend guiding the applicant through the process.

    Business Recovery and Support

    As the business landscape has changed, so too has the supports that businesses need. The Economic Development division along with its partners, are supporting businesses to upgrade digital skills in marketing and online presence and ensuring they have the tools needed to compete in today’s economy. Many actions have already been taken in 2020 such as continuing the Digital Mainstreet Program, Million Dollar Makeover, Shop Kawartha Lakes and Tourism marketing campaigns and a successful pilot incubator with the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Additional actions to support business recovery are outlined below and in the Task Force report.

    Task Force Recommendations

    • Permit fees for park use, patios and events in 2021 be waived, with forecasted reduced revenue be identified in the 2021 budget
    • The downtown Fenelon Falls reconstruction project be included as a decision unit in the 2021 capital budget
    • An increase in garbage cans and frequency of waste pick up in our downtowns and major parks be costed and included as a decision unit in the 2021 budget
    • Portable washrooms and associated directional signage in our downtowns and parks be costed and included as a decision unit in the 2021 budget
    • Accelerated investment in our boat launches and trails for improved access and enjoyment be costed and included as a decision unit in the 2021 budget
    • Council supports the work of EORN and EOWC for the Eastern Ontario “1 GIG” proposal for increased broadband capacity
    • Council directs staff to develop a cultural sector recovery grant program for 2021, which could be applied to operating costs for our arts and culture community, and report back to council on the scope of the program by end of March 2021
    • Council approves a modified extension to the Kawartha Lakes Innovation Cluster Pilot program until December 31, 2021, through in-kind support to provide specific support for high growth businesses

    Council will consider the adoption of the above recommendations and the Economic Recovery Task Force Action Plan at the November 17 Council meeting. Join the recovery conversation at Jump In, Kawartha Lakes.

    Image: John Gillis, President, Innovation Cluster - Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Rebecca Mustard, Manager of Economic Development, Kawartha Lakes

  • Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force makes recommendations to Council

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    At the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 3, the Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force presented its recommendations to Council. The Task Force was created on May 26 to provide advice and recommendations to Council and Staff on resources and support to assist with community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Task Force established working groups to better understand local challenges and concerns and to identify potential opportunities. After gathering information from local partners, exploring all the options and weighing the priorities, the Task Force brought forward four key recommendations:

    1. Establish a new Kawartha Lakes Community Recovery Fund for 2021 and 2022, to encourage collaboration, foster innovation and build strength and capacity to move forward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    2. Allocate funds from the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund Committee in 2021 to the Kawartha Lakes Community Recovery Fund, as the C.H.E.S.T. Fund Committee has decided to suspend their normal programing for 2021 to support COVID-19 recovery.

    3. Waive the requirement for a matching contribution from applicants to the 50/50 Community Project Capital Funding Program for 2021 and 2022, so staff can proceed with the application process and release the City’s contribution of up to 50% toward projects aimed at improving facilities and parks.

    4. Leverage internal resources and external support to offer a series of workshops to develop and promote safety protocols for operations, planning events, strategic planning, innovation and technical training during COVID-19.

    “The pandemic has caused transformational change. It is essential for the long-term growth of our community that we bolster our service providers so they can survive, thrive and continue to serve,” commented Heather Kirby of Kawartha Lakes Food Source and Amy Terrill of Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes, Co-chairs of the Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force. “Results have shown that the community is ready to move forward and these recommendations will help provide the necessary funding and resources to continue to innovate on the road to recovery.”

    Council will consider the recommendations during the next Regular Council Meeting on November 17, 2020. For more details on the Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force’s recommendations, please see online their Report to Council and presentation during Committee of the Whole.

  • Free Grant Writing 101 Workshops

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    The Community Pandemic Recovery Task Force in cooperation with Kawartha Lakes Economic Development are offering free Grant Writing 101 workshops on September 30th from 6-9pm and October 1 from 9am - noon.

    Staff and volunteers from all formal and informal agencies, groups, clubs and organization that provide programming in the community are welcome to attend. Multiple representatives are welcome although each representative must register individually.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Different types of grants: project vs. operating vs. capital
    • Demystifying the process
    • Types of funding opportunities for non-profits

    The workshop will be held on Zoom and pre-registration is required. Just click the link for your preferred date to register. Once you have registered the meeting details will be forwarded to you by email and you can add the workshop to your calendar.

    September 30 from 6 - 9pm

    Register at https://kawarthalakes.zoom.us/j/93426335885?pwd=UWhiUklySjIraE9SUWtQQzgvSm5yQT09

    October 1 from 9 – noon

    Register at https://kawarthalakes.zoom.us/j/93678861582?pwd=MFRmUTBpN09yMGpJbUNUeUF3aTdPZz09

    Tech support will not be available the day of the workshop so please test your Zoom microphone and speakers in advance of the workshop.

  • Business leader input requested in Session 2 Working Groups

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    Register in advance by clicking on the Working Group title. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Tourism Working Group

    Monday September 14, 2020 10am- Noon

    For businesses in tourism, downtowns, culture, retail and restaurant industries

    Construction and Innovation Working Group

    Wednesday September 16, 2020 9am- 11am

    For businesses in construction, tech, innovation and real estate industries

    Agriculture and Industry Working Group

    Thursday September 17, 2020 9am- 11am

    For businesses in agriculture, manufacturing and food processing industries


    Remember, you are welcome to submit your input to the Economic Recovery Task Force at any time through this platform.


  • August 11, 2020 Meeting

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    The August 11, 2020 agenda and previous minutes can be found in "Documents". Alternatively, listen to the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxcnCs13lXM

    Check out the two presentations (1) Kawartha Lakes Economy- where we were in 2019 and where we are today, and (2) Transformational Economies- how to position our community for economic growth.

    The meeting also included a decision to recommend downtown reconstruction projects as priorities for the 20201 budget, an update on the tourism and shop local marketing campaigns, and continued work to "make it better" in our development processes.

  • July 21, 2020 meeting reschedued

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    The July 21, 2020 meeting has been rescheduled due to technical difficulties. The next meeting will be held on August 11, 2020. Stay tuned for updates as the Task Force work continues.