BROCKVILLE — More than two dozen local businesses, along with Mayors from across Leeds and Grenville, Chambers of Commerce and other organizations took part in virtual consultations today hosted by Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark.
MPP Clark partnered on the consultations with Ann Weir, manager of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville’s Economic Development Office and the two sessions were facilitated by Erik Lockhart of Queen’s University’s Executive Decision Centre.
The forums provided participants with an opportunity to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the area’s economy and communities, while providing ideas as Ontario prepares to restart its economic engine.
Ideas generated will be reported to the government’s Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, of which Clark is a member. The Committee will use the feedback to identify how best to protect and support people and jobs, restart the economy and move towards recovery across Ontario, while the health of Ontarians remains the top priority.
“I’ve been listening to area businesses and elected officials throughout the pandemic crisis. This was an important opportunity to formally hear about how they have been impacted and what supports they will need as our economy reopens,” said Clark. “Every region of Ontario has been affected differently and it’s essential that I’m able to ensure the specific needs of communities and businesses in my riding form part of our government’s recovery plan.”
“Counties Economic Development is pleased to partner with MPP Clark on these consultations as our focus aligns in supporting local businesses and communities in their recovery. Task Teams are being developed to support local business priorities through the recovery phases and to prepare them for the new economy ahead,” said Weir.
Clark said the consultations he and other MPPs are hosting reflect a Team Ontario approach, working across parties and with experts, local leaders and people across Ontario.
“Co-operation between all levels of government and across party lines has been critical in helping us stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. And it will be even more vital to work together to help our economy come back stronger than ever, which I am absolutely confident we will do,” said Clark.