Background

FedDev Ontario has announced that the Orillia Area CDC will be permitted to support requests from local businesses, social enterprises and not-for-profits engaging in commercial activities or providing support to businesses, to hire 3rd party consultants that will provide them with technical and professional advice and assistance to address the impacts of COVID-19.

As such, the CDC has developed partnerships with a pre-approved list of consulting and advisory firms to provide these services.  Businesses, social enterprises and not-for-profits engaging in commercial activities or providing support to businesses, who are located in Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Ramara and Rama First Nation are invited to complete a request for advisory services that will assist them in addressing the impacts of COVID-19.

Examples of technical and professional advice and assistance to SMEs may include, but are not limited to the following:

(a) adapting workflows and processes (e.g. digital needs assessment);

(b) advice for diversifying their markets and sales channels;

(c) adapting and adopting a virtual sales platform; and

(d) adapting to new safe workplace regulations related to COVID-19.

Efforts will be made to connect approved requests with pre-approved third-party consultants/advisors.  However, under special/unique circumstances, a request to work with a different consultant/advisor may be approved if warranted and at the sole discretion of the CDC.

Funding for this program is limited and the timeline is short.  Requests will be reviewed on an on-going basis until funding is expended or until February 26, 2021, whichever comes first.

Professional advisory services for work through this program are expected to be completed by March 5, 2021.

If you would like to submit a request for advisory support, please complete the following:

Request Form for Advisory Services
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Receipt of a request for advisory services by the CDC does not indicate a contract commitment to provide such services. All requests will be reviewed and assessed according to the criteria outlined in the funding program guidelines, as well as availability of funds. If approved, the CDC will discuss consulting/advisory service options with your organization and then connect you with the agreed upon resource. Professional advisory services for work through this program are expected to be completed by January 29, 2021. As such, if approved, your organization agrees to work with the consultant/advisor to ensure this timeline is met. All costs for services, as well as the type of services, must be approved in advance by the CDC, otherwise the CDC reserves the right to decline payment for services. Approved and eligible costs will be paid directly to the third-party consultant/advisor. The applicant understands and agrees that the CDC is in no way guaranteeing any result or change in the client’s business nor is the CDC providing any warranty as to the services provided by the third party Consulting/Advisory Service Provider. The applicant also agrees to provide any further information that may be required for the CDC to render a decision, in a timely manner and herewith provides consent for the CDC to make sufficient enquiries that may be necessary in the evaluation of this request.