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REPORT TO:Community andInfrastructureServices Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING:February 8, 2021 <br />SUBMITTED BY:Cory Bluhm, Executive Director, Economic Development, <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7065 <br />PREPARED BY:Cory Bluhm, Executive Director, Economic Development, <br />519-741-2200 ext. 7065 <br />Saleh Saleh, Director of Revenue, 519-741-2200 ext. 7346 <br />Rosa Bustamante, Director of Planning, 519-741-2200ext.7319 <br />WARD(S) INVOLVED:All <br />DATE OF REPORT:January 28, 2021 <br />REPORT NO.:DSD-21-020 <br />SUBJECT:Continued Supports for Businesses Impacted by Provincial <br />Restrictions <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />1) That, as part of the City’s ongoing effortsto support businesses impacted by <br />Provincial restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City undertake the <br />following: <br />a)Continue to provide necessary resource supports in theWaterloo Region Small <br />Business Centreto continue to provide needed services where Provincial <br />funding is unavailable; <br />b)Utilize allrelevant andapplicable City of Kitchener communicationchannels to <br />ensure local businesses are aware of all funding supports, including Federal <br />and Provincial programs; <br />c)Continue to provide support to the KW Chamber of Commerce, Business <br />Improvement Areas and Waterloo Region Tourism Marketing Corporationfor <br />their recovery initiatives, such as the Live: Ask an Expert webinar series; <br />d)Extend the waiving offees forportable signs until June 30, 2021, authorizing <br />staff to further extend the waiving of these fees until the end of the pandemic <br />if deemed necessary; <br />e)Extending 2021 Business Licensing due dates and deferring late feesuntil <br />June 30, 2021; <br />f)Continue to provide free parking in Downtown surface parking lots after 5pm <br />and on weekends until June 30, 2021, authorizing staff to further extend said <br />free parking until the end of the pandemic if deemed necessary; <br />g)Ensure an expeditious patio approval program remains in place in advance of <br />warmer weather, including the waiving of municipal patio fees;and, <br />*** This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance. <br />7 - 1 <br />