City seeks feedback for business recovery plan

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The City of Barrie is asking local businesses and residents for feedback to help develop the COVID-19 Business Recovery Action Plan. The plan will guide local initiatives and economic investments to help support and accelerate the recovery of local businesses after COVID-19.
“Feedback from our business community and residents will drive the development of the City’s COVID-19 Business Recovery Action Plan to ensure we’re addressing what businesses actually need from the City to help them recover,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “We’re lucky in Barrie to have a strong, diverse business community and we look forward to working with them to develop creative solutions that will help advance our economic recovery.”
Building on existing work, the COVID-19 Business Recovery Action Plan will be developed through consultation with local industry, stakeholders, business leaders and the general public. It will target several sectors based upon the size of the sector within Barrie, the severity of impact of the pandemic and the sector’s impact on accelerating economic recovery.
Key sectors include manufacturing, tourism, arts and culture, downtown, construction, and service-based businesses. The actions identified in the plan will support the acceleration of local businesses re-opening after COVID-19 and help bring employees and customers back into local establishments safely and efficiently.
The plan will be designed to be responsive and adaptive to developments in regulations and programming at the provincial and federal levels of government and will be presented to council in June. The COVID-19 Business Recovery Action Plan builds on work already underway to address the immediate needs of businesses and help them respond to the economic impact of COVID-19 as outlined in the City’s COVID-19 Business Response Action Plan.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to have their say through the online survey available at The deadline to submit feedback is Sunday, May 24.