Vaudreuil-Dorion businesses encouraged to apply for financial assistance program
By John Jantak
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Along with news that Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a zoning change at its bi-monthly council meeting on April 6 that will allow for the construction of a proposed new six-storey residential building on Harwood, Mayor Guy Pilon is reminding business owners affected by the pandemic that financial help is available.
Small business owners in Vaudreuil-Dorion are still being encouraged to reach out to DEV Vaudreuil-Soulanges after city council announced it is contributing another $18,000 to help support local businesses that are still struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The money will be given to Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges (DEV) which will oversee the distribution of the funds to businesses in need. “The government decided a few months ago to give money to the city to achieve certain things and one of those things was to help our business people get through the pandemic,” Mayor Guy Pilon told The Journal following the April 6 monthly council meeting.
“Now we have about $500,000 to distribute. This initiative is being led by the DEV because we don’t have the expertise or knowledge to analyze the business plans and other details that are involved,” said Pilon. In addition to the loans and grants being offered by the city, businesses can also look into financial assistance programs available from the federal and provincial governments.
For the DEV, the city’s financial assistance program shows that council and the city are committed to help struggling businesses stay afloat by contributing directly to the economic development of its community and to support merchants during the pandemic.
“So far we’ve helped around 10 business people. There is still money available. If business people in Vaudreuil-Dorion still need money, they just have to apply. There’s a website will all the information. There are other towns within the MRC that are also providing financial assistance for their businesses,” said Pilon.
Helping to determine needs
The mayor noted that because DEV is managing the application and money distribution process when a business is accepted for financial assistance, they will also determine if the applicant has also taken advantage of the federal and provincial financial assistance program related to the pandemic.
“Some people didn’t know there is money available and that people can receive financial help. The other important point is the little help we are able to give can make a difference between whether a business is going to survive or not. And 20 per cent of the money that is provided by the DEV does not have be repaid,” said Pilon.
For more information about the financial assistance available for business owners, visit the DEV website at developpementvs.com/covid-19/.
Council adopted a zoning change that will allow for the construction of a proposed new six-storey building on the south side of Harwood Boulevard at the intersection of Rue Bellemare. “It’s on the site of the former Eagle compressor company at 500 Harwood,” said Pilon.
“The change will not add to the number of apartments. We just want to go a bit higher to six floors from four to allow for more green space to be created on the ground. Harwood is being transformed slowly but surely,” Pilon added.