The City of Longueuil is introducing a telephone referral and support service for businesses in the commercial and retail sectors to help them navigate the major challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This phone service will provide business owners with exclusive support by answering their questions and referring them to the various aid programs available, including the new emergency assistance program for small and medium-sized businesses; the budget allocated to this program for the agglomeration of Longueuil amounts to nearly $4 million. Counsellors from the city's economic development office are available Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 450 463-7259. Longueuil has also posted information about the various support measures available to businesses on its website.
“A series of economic measures have been put in place by the various levels of government, including the municipal authorities, to support businesses. The City of Longueuil considers it crucial to contribute to and support the local economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are making every effort to help our businesses through this crisis, specifically by providing emergency financial assistance, but also by helping them prepare for the economic recovery, to ensure it happens as quickly as possible once circumstances permit,” said Longueuil Mayor Sylvie Parent.
New billing measures
Recall that Longueuil has granted a month-long extension for each of the three upcoming municipal tax instalments. As a relief measure for citizens, the city will temporarily cease issuing and sending various bills, including transfer taxes, until July 14, 2020, inclusively. This also applies to bills for false alarms and to revised tax bills. The city will also extend the payment deadlines for the revised tax bill instalments, scheduled between March 23 and November 5, 2020, by 30 days each.
The process of selling off the property of taxpayers in arrears for 2018, which was due to begin in April 2020, has also been postponed.
In order to promote local businesses, stores and organizations that provide essential services on the territory, the City of Longueuil has created an easy-to-use interactive map that allows citizens to quickly find the products and services they need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Modern and forward-facing, Longueuil is the central city of the Agglomération de Longueuil, home to more than 430,000 residents. Longueuil is renowned for the quality of its essential public services, its rich and varied cultural programming, and its strong potential for economic development. With a history dating back 360 years, Longueuil is also a vibrant and welcoming city with a remarkable quality of life where families can thrive, surrounded by expansive green spaces, peaceful residential and urban neighbourhoods, and a booming business sector.