CENTRE WELLINGTON – Township officials here are encouraging local residents to take part in a “Canada United” shopping event this weekend.
The event, which will run from Aug. 28 to 30, encourages Canadians across the country to support their local shops and restaurants.
“Shopping local is critical to the success of our downtowns,” stated Mayor Kelly Linton in an Aug. 27 press release.
“We have continued to support our local businesses through campaigns such as our weekly #ShoplocalCW contest, and our ShoplocalCW.ca website.”
Linton added, “Throughout this pandemic we have been encouraging residents to visit this site to keep the businesses we love, in business.
“Take a moment this weekend to show our local businesses some love by shopping and dining local.”
Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce general manager Dana Burdenuk said given the COVID-19 pandemic, local businesses need support now more than ever.
The chamber, Burdenuk added, “is proud to get behind the Canada United movement, and we encourage everyone to dine, shop, visit and celebrate all that is local in our great community” this weekend.
Canadians are encouraged to watch the Canada United videos online at GoCanadaUnited.ca, like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited to demonstrate their support.
For each view or like or use of #CanadaUnited on Twitter, Royal Bank of Canada will contribute $0.05, up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million, until Aug. 31, toward the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the national Chamber network.
The fund will provide small businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to deal with the fallout of COVID-19.
Small business owners interested in the program can visit GoCanadaUnited.ca.