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Information on Energy and Property Tax Rebates

 

February 01, 2021

Businesses can apply for Energy and Property Tax Rebates through the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses (CEAP-SB) if required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial health measures. Customers may be eligible for up to $1500 in support towards their electricity and natural gas bills. Eligible businesses can apply through their utility provider.

Looking to lower your energy use, operating costs and emissions?

Check out the additional support services:

FOCUS GROUP: No Cost Green Recovery Support

TABIA (The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) has launched no cost support services to improve your business’s energy efficiency and lower its energy cost. For a limited time, TABIA will be piloting no cost energy efficiency support services to help “green” your business.

At no cost TABIA will:

  • Analyze your business’ utility bills for anomalies
  • Perform a free audit to identify energy efficiency projects (inclusive of no and low cost)
  • Benchmark your building’s performance against industry averages

These support services are on a first come first serve basis to only 10 businesses at this time.

Participants will be encouraged to commit to a green recovery by planning which identified projects to implement by May 31,2021.

To register your business please email laura@dukeheights.ca.

 

Small Business Lighting program

Receive up to $2,000 in free LED interior lighting upgrades to your business. LED lighting upgrades can save you up to 20% on your electricity costs.

 

The Retrofit Program

Upgrade your equipment and improve your operations  with the help of the Retrofit program. You can receive incentives for a variety of energy efficient measures available under three streams: Lighting, HVAC, and Manufacturing and other equipment. To participate, your project must be pre-approved with a minimum incentive of $500.

 

Energy Manager Incentive Program for Small and Medium Enterprises

Hire an energy manager and receive funding up to 75% of the cost toward their salary and benefits, to a maximum of $80,000. Energy managers have the strategic and technical expertise to recommend the energy-saving equipment and technologies that are right for your business. They also have the skills to implement an energy management strategy for your organization.

 

Energy Assessment Incentive

Conduct an energy assessment of a building or building system and be reimbursed for 75% of the cost, up to $5,000 per assessment.

 

Other Supporting services

  • Energy Audits, Natural Gas and Electricity bill analysis to identify operational issues, cost increases or opportunities;
  • Retrofit and upgrade project support to ensure contractor accountability and accurate savings;
  • SolarTO program for prospective solar PV projects, etc.

Please email laura@dukeheights.ca, if you are interested to find our more details on any of these programs. We will connect you to TABIA  Energy Manager who will schedule a free assessment for your business to determine what programs you may be eligible for. 

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : February 2021 Edition

james-pasternak

Building Back Better with DUKE Heights

February 04, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hoping everyone is safe. Like everyone else, I am hopeful that we can put the worst of the Pandemic behind us soon and Build Back Better and work on economic recovery. We thank the DUKE Heights BIA for its vital leadership. We have enjoyed our partnership with DUKE Heights. Government cannot do it alone and we rely on our Business Improvement Areas to increase employment, productivity, economic prosperity, and build stronger communities.

As many know, the land use designation for the Downsview lands has been under appeal for several years. Our office has been hard at work listening to the needs and aspirations of the community. On the community development side, we are fighting for a community centre and more parkland. On the business front, we are vigorously supporting a balanced approach which ensures any future land use by protecting and growing businesses, and allowing responsible residential development.

Our office continues to work with DUKE Heights, the Wilson Village BIA and the business community to encourage shopping and procuring local from the pandemic’s effect on the economy. In order to expedite this process, we are happy to announce ShopYorkCentre.ca, a one stop shop for everyone to discover the amazing businesses that reside here in York Centre! Here you can find information from great restaurants to retail businesses, and much more. We are confident that our website will support the amazing business owners of York Centre. Please feel free to send us links and content to promote your business.

The City of Toronto is also committed to relaunching and cutting the red tape to help the food and hospitality industry. Just last week the Executive Committee authorized, Transportation Services, to establish a program to allow for the review, approval and installation of sidewalk cafés, curb lane/parklet cafés or public parklets without applicants having to comply with certain requirements. These improvements include: a new expedited registration process; developing comprehensive and safe traffic management plans; allowing owners to build decks and platforms where applicable; and ensuring accessible furniture for public parklet areas. The return of the CafeTO program can be expected in May.

As always my staff and I are here to help you with whatever you might need. Our community office is located at 2800 Keele Street, Unit 1. Please do not hesitate to call me at 416-392-1371 or send me a message at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca

Sincerely,

James Pasternak
Councillor Ward 6
Chair, Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Chair, North York Community Council

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : January 2021 Edition

anthony-perruzza

January 07, 2021

Dear Resident,

COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise more than ever before. We need to try our best to prevent exposure to stay healthy. We should only be socializing with those we live with and making essential supply trips when needed. We may be in this situation for the long haul, but we will get through this challenging period together.

I worked with the Board of Health to ensure that we continue to have more COVID-19 pop-up testing opportunities throughout Humber River-Black Creek. Please visit my website www.anthonyperruzza.com for updates. These clinics need to be readily available to support individuals and families in our area.

Please visit the Ontario Government’s website for the most up-to-date information on the stages and steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. https://news.ontario.ca/en. The City of Toronto will continue to circulate details about the evolving provincial guidelines specific to our region. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/.


Community Safety Town Hall Update:

Last month MPP Tom Rakocevic and I co-hosted a Community Safety Town Hall. Many thanks to all of those who shared with us, including Mayor Tory, neighbourhood leaders, and panelists. We have taken your feedback and questions and look forward to keeping the conversation going. Community safety and neighbourhood renewal are closely linked, and we need to continue to work together to move towards a better future. If you missed the Town Hall, please reach out to my office at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca to provide your comments. We will follow up with you on future events related to this important subject.


Holiday Snapshot:


The holidays looked different this past season, but it gave me great joy to be able to work with Kitchen24 to help assemble and deliver over a thousand meals to those in need within Humber River-Black Creek. Thank you, Steve, for the opportunity to give back and make the season brighter. Happy New Year!


Winter Weather Reminder:

For updates about the City of Toronto’s services during the winter, please visit www.toronto.ca. If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please contact 311 Toronto or my office for follow up. We are here to help you.

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : January 2021 Edition

james-pasternak

Building Back Better with Duke Heights

January 07, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

This past year ranks as one of our most difficult in recent memory. It has been difficult for businesses, for individuals, for families. The Duke Heights BIA continues to provide the vital leadership our local business community need. Government cannot do it alone and we rely on our Business Improvement Areas to increase employment, productivity, and economic prosperity. With that said, I am optimistic 2021 will be a strong year for our economic recovery.

james-pasternak
James Pasternak at City Hall Office Desk

Our office continues to support the local economy and advocate for the BIA. At the last North York Community Council I moved a motion to expedite the report on the Duke Height BIA By-Law Harmonization proposal. Resolving the conflict resulting from two overlapping zoning by-laws will help promote growth for the BIA. In addition, we are excited about the Chesswood Drive rehabilitation project. This capital project will bring a much needed investment to the transit network on Chesswood Drive. Beginning in the summer of 2021, this project will bring widened sidewalks; a safer transit flow and public realm improvements; raised cycle tracks; and truck appropriate traffic lanes.

At our City Council meeting in December, I moved a motion for staff to work on an improved safe trucking strategy for the movement of tanker trucks in and out of the fuel depot just east of Keele and Finch. And we continue to advance public art projects at both the Finch West and Wilson subway, the expanding of the Bell Box Mural Program and art projects in partnership with DUKE Heights.

I also want to thank the front line workers at the North York Harvest Food Bank. Our office was happy to work with Dymon Storage and deliver personal protection equipment to the food bank so North York Harvest staff can safely help those in need.

Moving forward into 2021, we must all work together to support the business community. Our office continues its “buy local” campaign and I will continue to support investments for city infrastructure and support development applications that bring about more affordable housing and preserving employment lands. 2021 will be a great year for our local community.

As always my staff and I are here to help you with whatever you might need. Our community office is located at 2800 Keele Street, Unit 1. Please do not hesitate to call me at 416-392-1371 or send me a message at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and New Year.

Sincerely,

James Pasternak
Councillor Ward 6
Chair, Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Chair, North York Community Council

Call for Submissions : Discover DUKE Photography Exhibition

Deadline Extended to March 01, 2021

Discover DUKE… because every picture has a story to tell!

DUKE Heights BIA would like to invite all aspiring photographers, young and seasoned, amateurs or pros, students, professionals or retirees, from our community and beyond, to explore the BIA and submit unique photographs that capture the essence of our business community.

Visit https://dukeheights.submittable.com/submit to submit your photos.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Discover DUKE is an initiative that will be made possible through the generous support from ArtworxTO.

Call for Submissions : Discover DUKE Photography Exhibit

Highlights from the Fall Economic Statement

November 01, 2020

On November 30,2020, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020.

Here are some key Highlights that businesses should know.

What Has been achieved

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy have helped protect over 3.9 million jobs
  • The Canada Emergency Business Account has helped over 790,000 small businesses and not-for-profits

New Support and Extensions

  • The government is proposing to increase the maximum wage subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning December 20, 2020 and to extend this rate until March 13, 2021. (https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-how-apply.html)
  • To provide greater certainty to businesses and other organizations, the government is proposing to extend the current subsidy rates of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy for an additional three periods. This means a base subsidy rate of up to 65 per cent will be available on eligible expenses until March 13, 2021. With the 25 per cent Lockdown Support also being extended, businesses may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 90 per cent of their eligible expenses. (https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy/cers-how-apply.html)
  • The CEBA program will soon be expanded, allowing qualifying businesses to access an additional interest-free $20,000 loan, in situations where there is need. Half of this additional amount, up to $10,000, would be forgivable if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022. The deadline to apply for a CEBA loan has been extended to March 31, 2021. (https://ceba-cuec.ca/)
  • The government will work with financial institutions in the near term to create the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) – a new program for the hardest hit businesses, including those in sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts and entertainment. This stream would offer 100 per cent government-guaranteed financing for heavily impacted businesses, and provide low-interest loans of up to $1 million over extended terms, up to ten years. Rates will be lower than those offered in Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) and beneath typical market rates for hard hit sectors.
  • Recognizing the importance of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund in supporting local tourism businesses, the government is proposing a top-up of up to $500 million, on a cash basis, to Regional Development Agencies and the Community Futures Network of Canada, bringing total funding to over $2.0 billion in this fund. The government will earmark a minimum of 25 per cent of all the Fund’s resources to support local tourism businesses, representing $500 million in program support through June 2021. This is in addition to the new Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program.

More information is available here: https://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2020/home-accueil-en.html.

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : December 2020 Edition

james-pasternak

December 03, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

As we navigate through the second wave of the pandemic, the Duke Heights BIA continues to remain resilient. Our office is here to help and assist small business owners get past another lockdown. Our office is urging our York Centre residents to shop and support our local BIA businesses. We have made this a priority by sharing this information in our e-newsletter that goes out to our residents. The small businesses that reside in the Duke Heights BIA continue to be the backbone of our local economy.

As we approach the holiday season, the North York Harvest Food Bank is assisting those in need. During these challenging times, food assistance for our community is vital. Recently, I made a trip to the food bank to tour their facility and operations. They continue to play vital part in our community. I was happy that I could assist them with finding them a home at Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre. Donations are always welcomed at the North York Harvest Food Bank.

Moreover, our Duke Heights branded backpack giveaway continues to prove to be popular initiative. Our office was happy to donate backpacks to the North York Woman’s Shelter, and to the numerous of schools that reside in York Centre and the Unison Hub.

We are continuing to support the local economy. The City of Toronto is bringing forth the Jane-Finch Initiative. This plan will leverage the ongoing LRT investment to help business prosper. This plan will utilize a new planning framework to support economic development and continue the growth of employment lands. The Jane-Finch initiative will improve walkability and transit networks within the area, which will prove to be beneficial for Duke Heights.

Our office is aware of the full development and construction in the area, but rest assured that we vigorously oppose any road closures in the Keele – Finch area. I impressed this view to Associate Minister to Kinga Surma and Toronto’s General Manager of Transportation Barbra Grey.

Finally, we are happy to announce the opening of a new off leash Dog Park in Downsview Park. This will be a welcomed investment to the area and continue to make our community a vibrant place to live and start a business.

As always my staff and I are here to help you with whatever you might need. As a reminder, our community office is now located at 2800 Keele Street, Unit 1. Please do not hesitate to call me at 416-392-1371 or send me a message at Councillor_Pasternak@Toronto.ca.

Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

James Pasternak
Councillor Ward 6
Chair, Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Chair, North York Community Council

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : December 2020 Edition

anthony-perruzza

December 03, 2020

Dear Resident,

COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise, and we need to try our best to prevent exposure to stay healthy. There have been more mobile, pop-up testing clinics dates recently, including ones at Oakdale Community Centre and 15 San Romanoway. I worked with the Board of Health to ensure that we continue to provide these opportunities. Testing needs to be readily available to support individuals and families in our area. We must maximize the use of all public facilities to give communities what they need to conquer this virus.

The holiday season will look different this year, but we must work together to follow public health officials’ rules and guidelines. They want to keep us safe. I want to remind everyone that you should only socialize with people you already live with; this includes holiday dinners. Please stay in touch with family and friends outside of your home via phone call or virtual connection. Check-in on loved ones, but do not compromise anyone’s well-being. Remember, we will get through this together.

From my family to yours, I wish you a pleasant and joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Please visit the Ontario Government’s website for the most up-to-date information on the stages and steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. https://news.ontario.ca/en. The City of Toronto will continue to circulate details about the evolving provincial guidelines specific to our region. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/.

If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please give my office a call at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.


Supporting the mobile, Pop-up COVID-19 Testing Clinics

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook@AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Own a Restaurant? Register for Free on ToGoToronto

ToGoToronto.com is for everyone, and it’s free now, and will remain free. It’s a new way to get your restaurant in front of hungry Torontonians.

As we get the first dustings of snow, and even takeout gets more challenging with the cold, the restaurants of DUKE Heights are going to have to get creative once again, and ToGoToronto would like to help.

We know you’re busy, so they have made this process as fast and painless as possible.

ToGoToronto is the biggest and most up-to-date and reliable restaurant hub in the city, put together and heavily promoted by Destination Toronto to help restaurants spread the word about about their latest offerings. And there’s no end date. ToGoToronto will be around as long as it’s needed.

ToGoToronto was developed with every restaurant in mind, from Steeles to the Waterfront, Long Branch to Malvern, whether your business is mostly takeout, delivery, or on a patio. It’s completely free to register, and easy to do. You can offer a signature dish if you like – something you’re known for, something you’d like to be known for, or just your highest-margin menu item – or you can just list your restaurant as it is (a picture helps, but it’s not necessary).

They will do all the promotional work for you by spreading the word through social media channels and marketing campaigns targeted towards local Torontonians. Just sign up. They will help get the word out to Torontonians that are eager to discover you.

It’s completely free to register for ToGoToronto.com, and it will remain free. It’s as simple as filling out a form online. If you’re a licensed eating establishment in the City of Toronto, you can register with ToGoToronto. Join this platform today and they will help get more customers to your restaurant.

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : November 2020 Edition

anthony-perruzza

November 04, 2020

Dear Resident,

COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise, and we need to try our best to prevent exposure. At October’s Board of Health meeting, I worked with my colleague, Councillor Joe Cressy, to implement two motions. These policies require the City and the Province to work together to make the flu shot and COVID-19 testing as accessible as possible this season, especially in high-risk communities in northwestern Toronto. There have been more mobile, pop-up testing dates recently, and we need to continue to provide these opportunities. We need to maximize the use of all public facilities to give communities what they need to conquer this virus.

I want to remind everyone that limits for all social gatherings and organized public events have capped at a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors until further notice. These two limits cannot be combined for an indoor-outdoor event. Please visit the Ontario Government’s website for updates on the stages and steps being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. https://news.ontario.ca/en. The City of Toronto will continue to circulate details about the evolving provincial guidelines specific to our region. https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please give my office a call at (416) 338-5335 or email councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca.


Cleaning up our ravines with Regenesis – York University

Preparing Thanksgiving meals for those in need with Kitchen24 – Wilson & Hwy 400

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website.

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek