Professional Services

1. Concerns Identified:

  • Internet Connectivity–both for clients and professionals
  • Maintaining Cash Flow
  • Acquisition of appropriate PPE
  • Undefined Guidelines for Reopening (from regulatory bodies and government)
  • Having to lay-off staff/Uncertainty surrounding hastily implemented government programs
  • New/Increased Operating costs and the costs of “COVID-proofing” the workplace
  • Privacy Legislations and video conferencing

2. Ideas for Recommendations

  • Short-Term(this year)
  • CK–Focus on childcare to support parents getting back to work
  • Redirect school/education taxes to daycare providers
  • Establish detailed health and safety precautions for childcare
  • CK–creating a HUB, or consolidated information center
  • Since our meeting, we have seen the CK Taskforce website and Facebook page come up
  • CK–establishing public and private internet access points
  • Libraries could set up internet access pods which are cleaned between each use. With low internet connectivity in rural areas, access to medical and legal services–and the court system-may become impossible for some. The public local access points should focus on the non-business-related essential needs for individuals to access secure and reliable internet.
  • Chamber of Commerce in Wallaceburg may potentially have space to set up private pods for internet access on a pay-per-hour or pay-per-use system. Could potentially discuss using them as a model for other private providers. Could be a way of bridging the gap until rural internet access is improved. The private local access points should focus on the business needs of the community, providing meeting space and secure connection points for professionals to provide their services.
  • ON/CN/CK–consolidated COVID precaution guidelines
  • Professional Groups will eventually receive practice guidelines from their regulatory bodies; Share as able.
  • Encourage industries, offices, and different businesses to share what precautions they are taking and how they implemented them
  • CK/ON/CN-Grants for COVID retro-fits–both prospective and retroactive
  • Grants for installations of plexiglass and other barriers
  • Grants for professionals seeking to pool resources in larger practices to accommodate social distancing
  • CK -Create direct links from local PPE manufacturers and those services in need
  • Focus on servicing the local need first. Who are the local PPE manufacturers and distributors.
  • Medium-Term(next year)
  • Having protocols in place in case of reoccurring COVID “waves”. Ex. having plan to quickly convert the dental clinic in CK run by public health to remain open for emergency care during lockdowns
  • Review redundancies between private and Municipal initiatives and consolidate efforts where possible – realignment to United we are CK
  • Long-Term (any time after next year)
  • Improving internet connectivity or providing internet “hubs”
  • Recruit young professionals