The Town of Aurora in partnership with the Aurora Chamber of Commerce has created a specialized task force to help support the local economy and provide assistance to small businesses in Aurora. The Aurora Business Continuity Task Force will bring together business professionals with global, national and local experience to help find creative ways to assist Aurora’s small businesses.

“I recognize these are challenging times for our local businesses and we are committed to actively helping our residents and businesses during this pandemic. The Town has already announced tax and water bill deferral programs for those in need to ease demands on the community. While this is a small offering during a time of great need, it is something that we can do quickly and within our local authority. This pandemic will likely be impacting us for several weeks and businesses will need support from community leaders to steer them through this uncharted territory,” says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “To that end, with the support of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, we will be assembling a task force of business and community leaders to focus on our local economy and the small businesses that are the backbone of Aurora. As a group, we will be looking for creative and innovate ways to support local businesses and help them through these challenging times.

“I am pleased to launch this much needed task force with the Town of Aurora to support our local businesses through this global health crisis. The Chamber and the Town recognize the challenges that local businesses are facing and we have made it a priority to ensure this task force looks at all possible supports available to businesses,” says Aurora Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO, Sandra Ferri. “We care about the health and welfare of our business community and by collaborating together we are a stronger voice on behalf of local businesses.”

The first meeting of the task force will occur later this week. The group is expected to meet on a regular basis via video conferencing until the impact of this pandemic ends.

The task force is seeking feedback from the community about how to help our local businesses. Please submit your ideas here. Every idea is worth considering, no matter how small or large the potential impact. 

Task Force Members

  • Aaron McCarthy, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, MAGNA
  • Al Wilson, Vice-Chair, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Debra Wilson, Chair, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Harold Kim, Councillor, Town of Aurora
  • Joanne Russo, Aurora Business Improvement Area Chair
  • Marilee Harris, Vice-Chair, Economic Development Corporation
  • Nicholas Fidei, President, Treasure Hill Corporation
  • Raz Khamissa, Business Owner, Omars Shoes & Clothing
  • Sam Palmerio, Manager, Government Relations, Desjardins Group
  • Sandra Ferri, President & CEO, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Hammill, Chair, Economic Development Corporation
  • Tom Mrakas, Mayor, Town of Aurora

For more information about the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, please visit aurorachamber.on.ca.

For updates on status of our municipal operations, cancellations and disruptions please visit aurora.ca/covid19 as the situation changes. For updates on the status of the COVID-19 virus in York Region, please visit york.ca/covid19.