COVID-19 Resiliency Response

We recognize that the businesses in our communities are vital and  they are vulnerable to the inescapable economic effects of this pandemic.  Our staff and board continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and are taking steps to pivot support when necessary.

The early stages of the pandemic.



As our local rural communities rebuild.

As we inoculate rural economies from shocks by building an ecosystem and infrastructure to support diversification and adaptation that builds resiliency.  


We are actively and continuously in consultation with our many partners, elected officials, and Federal colleagues in pursuing and securing flexible, creative approaches to support businesses. Like you, we are deeply respectful of the need for physical distancing in helping to arrest the impacts of COVID-19 on our nation, thus, our team remains available remotely via email, phone, and social media.

As we navigate this challenging and uncertain time, we encourage you to stay informed:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response

Reopening Ontario

Valley Heartland has provided three months (April 2020 – June 2020) of deferred loan payments for existing loan clients.

Postponement of loan payments for three months across our total portfolio of over 85 businesses keeps funds circulating in the local economy at this critical juncture.

Existing Loans Relief

Resiliency Loans

Access loans of up to $15,000 at 3.45% to be used for working capital or other expenses incurred or expected to be incurred due to COVID-19 and its economic impact on the business.

Download: COVID-19 Application.docx

Download: BDC Support Canadian Businesses.pdf

PPE Leeds & Grenville

Download: Local-PPE-Suppliers.pdf

PPE Lanark County


Resources + Reports + Initiatives

Download: Re-open + Recovery + Readiness Summary (1).pdf


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