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Power utility supporting grants for Timmins businesses

Ontario Power Generation adds $2,000 to fund that helps businesses purchase protective equipment for reopeninig
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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is the latest corporate partner to contribute to a grant helping Timmins businesses get back on their feet.

The power utility announced it has donated $2,000 to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce's Small Business PPE Support Grant.

“At Ontario Power Generation, we maintain safety and well-being as a top priority, and this contribution to the Chamber’s PPE Suport Grant naturally aligns with our values,” stated Kate Cantin, OPG's stakeholder relations advisor, in a news release.

“Our employees live, work, and play in Timmins and surrounding areas. Ensuring that our business community operates with supported safety measures will keep our entire community safe.

"OPG has also proudly donated more than 1.1 million pieces of PPE to the Ministry of Health for distribution to hospitals and care facilities across Ontario.”

The grant, which was launched in May, helps businesses, non-profits and charities in Timmins and Chapleau with less than $2 million in annual sales that were deemed non-essential at the start of the pandemic.

Businesses can apply for up to $2,000 to help secure safety materials such as masks, gloves and sanitation equipment. They can also apply for free bottles of hand sanitizer. 

Chamber president Val Venneri said, to date, 136 applicants have been approved for grants worth nearly $100,000.

“This latest contribution by a great operation like Ontario Power Generation will continue to assist many more entrepreneurs with ensuring appropriate safety measures are in place," Venneri said. "We’re asking those businesses who have yet to apply, to do so quickly, while the fund is still in place."