Wednesday June 17, 2020

Dear 10C community,

Following the announcement of Stage 2 openings in Ontario’s COVID Restart Plan and recommendations from the Public Health WDG, we are announcing a planned gradual ReOPEN date of July 2, 2020 for 10C. Our highest priority continues to be the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers, coworkers, students and all community members. As a result, we will be doing a slow and gradual reopening throughout the summer months, and we ask for your patience in our efforts to revitalize the 10C space and safely move through the pandemic.

During July/August we will phase these things in slowly, without front-desk hosting as we build capacity and demand for people to return. By July, we will have set up several safety measures to gradually welcome people back into the space including new signage for safe navigation of the building, increased cleaning regimens, and hand sanitation stations throughout the building.

The key conditions of the reopening, as mandated by the Restart Plan, are as follows:

  • Cloth face masks are now required when in commercial buildings as per the direction of our local Public Health Unit, Medical Officer for Health. In certain circumstances these can be removed in private areas. We will post further information on this prior to ReOPEN, and are reviewing the official direction to maintain safety for all.
  • We will NOT be re-opening to general public, and access via the front door will be via key or KISI code by members only.
  • There will be a protocol for receiving packages at the front-desk.
  • While social gathering limits have been expanded to up to 10 while maintaining social distancing, we are not planning to re-open EVENTS/MEETINGS until September, and in the meantime, essential meetings can be requested on an as-needed basis only, with prior approval from team ([email protected]). If there is an event, organizers should have in place measures to enable physical distancing for people when in the space, including while waiting to enter, such as one-way traffic, marked lineup areas, and timed entry and length of stay.
  • Regulations allow for a maximum of 30% of a commercial building’s former occupancy (for us this # is 119 people down from 398).
  • We will also be looking at a sign-in method to record each member’s name and contact information upon entry for the purpose of contact tracing.

Accordingly, on July 2, we are planning to begin with access to the building for the following activities:

  • 10C staff and internal projects requiring on site work
  • Commercial Kitchen use by 10C projects and gradual phasing in of Nourish members
  • Private Offices
  • Coworkers and Grad Lab members (work spaces have been shifted as distancing capacity allows)
  • We will adjust volunteering to maintain volunteer safety and for the first phase will leave the front door locked

We will communicate with you again at the end of June prior to the July 2 opening with more detail (via a living document which will include all of the new protocols). In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Julia, Joy, or Jordan about ReOPEN and what it will be like for you.

We understand that transition back to in-person will be challenging for many reasons, and look forward to seeing you in human-time. If you are considering working at 10C in July/August, we would like to hear from you. This will help us gauge activity and pre-plan. Also, if you are planning September EVENTS, we would like to know this as well, as re-setting rooms/spaces to new distanced limits means a major re-shuffle to past activities. Reach out with a simple email to [email protected].

Your safety (in all its forms) is our top priority.

– the team at 10C



Monday April 6, 11:00am

10C’s physical space continues to be closed to the public. You can always connect with us online! 

We have compiled resources to help organizations navigate this pandemic.


Nonprofit & Coronavirus – All Live And On-Demand Nonprofit Training Courses by Charity HowTo

  • Charity How to is offering a number of free live and recorded webinars to help guide nonprofits  through this volatile time

Community Building Webinars offered by Tamarack Institute

  • Equip yourself for Community Change by joining us for free community building webinars and live podcasts. Offered weekly until the first week of June. 

Dealing with COVID-19 as a community foundation by Community Foundations Canada

  • Weekly webinars being delivered (with past recordings and slides available). 
  • Compilation of other useful articles and resources on this page too.  

Responding to COVID-19: What Canadian business leaders and NPO’s need to know Webcasts by pwc Canada 

  • Currently 4 different webcasts available on – can still access past recordings and download slides by registering for the webinar link

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business webinar by Business Development Canada (bdc)


COVID-19: Resources for Canadian Fundraisers (Imagine Canada)

  • Mainly links to helpful articles and compiling learning opportunities and virtual events

Coronavirus Communications Crisis Triage Kit – The Communications Network

  • Provides examples and best practices for crisis communications

Pandemic Preparedness Guide by Canadian Chamber of Commerce

  • Provides things to consider for businesses to make plans and take action in response to COVID-19

*COMING SOON* COVID-19: Business Resilience by Canadian Chamber of Commerce 

  •  a microsite with more robust tools and resources on its way.

Policy Supports 

Federal government Covid-19 measures – implications for sector organizations from Imagine Canada.

  • Specific for charity and non-profit sector

Advocating for charities during COVID-19 from Imagine Canada

  • Early Alert updates from the federal government policies that affect the charitable sector 

Small Business Resources for Dealing with COVID-19 from CFBI

  • Overview of questions and resources and breakdown of policy measures to help guide businesses through COVID 

COVID-19: How the federal government is supporting small business by CFBI

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus from bdc

  • Helpful breakdown and FAQ on the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)


Imagine Canada

  • Imagine Canada has sent a letter to the government advocating for an $8 billion emergency stabilization fund for the charitable and nonprofit sector, comprised of at least 90% grants to organizations. You can read their press release and submit a letter to your MP here.

Community Supports

Guelph United Way Covid-19 Community Response Fund

  • A call for donors to raise funds for the United Way that will benefit the community: direct supports, support for seniors, housing and homelessness, mental health support, capacity for community services, support for volunteers

Released March 31: Guelph COVID Fund 

  • Partnership between the Guelph CFC and united Way to provide an immediate relief fund to organizations in Guelph in three phases 1) Respond, 2) Rebuild and 3) Recover
  • Currently accepting donations – hopefully will announce more details about how organizations can access this fund. 

Economic Support for Individuals

The Government of Canada has announced increased coverage through Emplyment Insurance benefits as well as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). To find out which you qualify for, as well as how to apply visit the Government of Canada website.

If you have stopped working due to COVID-19, you should apply for CERB. There is a FAQ page about CERB benefits here . When you are ready to apply for CERB, you can find the application here.


If you haven’t joined yet, 10C has started a theCommunityof10C slack channel. To be added, please send [email protected] an email with the subject line JOIN SLACK.

With hope,


Jordan, Julia, Joy, Kim, Emily, Helina and Emily.


Tuesday 11:30am

10C has closed all of its programming. This includes MINGA, Nourish, Food Fridays and all volunteer hosting services.

Members can still access the physical space if necessary, but 10C staff will be working from home for the duration. Ontario has just issued a state of emergency, closing bars and restaurants. It’s in everyone’s best interests for people to stay at home through this, and we encourage you to use your judgement and switch programs to ZOOM, SKYPE or Google hangouts if possible.

10C has started a theCommunityof10C slack channel, to be added, please send [email protected] an email with the subject line JOIN SLACK.

On Friday, March 20 from noon to 1:30, Diana, Christina and Hannah, 10C members from the Clearing will be hosting an online ZOOM call to explore our current states of emotional groundedness. Send an email to [email protected] to register and we will send you a ZOOM link. “These are unprecedented times for us all as community members, change-makers, organizers and influencers.  Many of us are asking: What connects us? Challenges us? Inspires us? Grounds us?”

With love and open hearts, please take care of your spirit.

julia, joy, jordan, emily, kim, helina and dale


3:00pm Friday, March 13, 2020.

10C is open for shared community use. However, we ask that people take this simple self-assessment prior to entry. (COVID-19-SelfAssessmentPoster.pdf)

At 10C we care about your health and safety.
The message from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is that the risk of infection to residents in Wellington Dufferin and Guelph is currently considered low. We are therefore making every effort to avoid disruption in our programming and services at this time. We are monitoring this on a daily basis.


We ask that you self-assess prior to entering this shared community space.

  • Have you (or a member of your household) traveled outside of the country (including layovers) in the last 14 days?
  • Have you (or a member of your household) had close contact (2 meters for approximately 30 minutes or more) with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Have you been contacted by WDG Public Health to be tested?
  • Are you feeling ill? Mild fever, dry cough, sore throat.

If you answer YES to any of these, please do not enter 10C.

handwash iconWhen onsite at 10C,
please wash your hands. 

10C has increased disinfecting at high touch points, washrooms, door handles, elevator buttons, automatic door operator plates, toilet flush handles, faucets and table tops. There is also hand sanitizer available throughout the building. Please practice social distancing, and avoid direct skin-skin contact (i.e. handshakes, hugs, kisses) with each other. We will get back to hugs and high-fives when we get to the other side of this pandemic.


5:00pm Thursday, March 12, 2020. We will post updates as the situation changes here. 

At 10C we care about your health and safety. 

The message from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is that the risk of infection to residents in Wellington Dufferin and Guelph is considered low. We are therefore making every effort to avoid disruption in our programming and services at this time.

Please be assured that we are closely following the instructions and guidelines issued by national and regional health authorities and will take action as needed.

Canada will work on levelling the curve of the infection by being proactive in our practices.

Ontario has just extended the March Break by two weeks until April 5th. This will have implications on working parents, but will also stem the spread of infection.

In Guelph, the best things we can do locally, are to stay calm, be aware, limit physical contact (people are embracing an elbow bump instead of a handshake) and most importantly – wash your hands. As the large gatherings with thousands of people are being cancelled, people are still meeting, working and connecting in small groups. To support this, we are temporarily modifying our event cancellation policy to allow you to carry forward a credit for a future date. We hope that this allows you the flexibility to play the next few weeks by ear and still operate your projects. Should you need to cancel an existing event or meeting booking 10C, please email [email protected] and we will help with planning.

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, an infectious disease specialist at the University Health Network, gives some perspective, “What I really want is for people to try and do something constructive that will help them protect themselves, their families, their communities and hopefully start to stem the tide of this and break the chain of transmission,” he told CBC News. “I really think that that is going to win the day at the end of this all; that it’s going to be practices that we take in our own homes, in our own schools, work environment and our communities that’s going to help bring this to an end.”

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other more common viruses is to:

  • Wash your hands – thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face – your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill and their items.
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; if no tissue is available, then sneeze or cough into the sleeve or arm
    Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly. 10C has increased disinfecting at high touch points, washrooms, door handles, elevator buttons, automatic door operator plates, toilet flush handles, faucets and table tops.
  • Stay at home, if you feel unwell. If you are sick we ask that you not attend your scheduled events. We know it may be disappointing not to attend an event but keeping the virus from spreading is our first priority.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are mild fever, dry cough, sore throat and pneumonia.

Public Health has a call centre at 1-800-265-7293 ext 7006 weekdays from 9am-4pm. 

A final note to CARE for each other and find ways to CONNECT. As a community, this is how we will manage through this crisis.

with love, the team at 10C.

If you would like more information regarding COVID – 19 below are some recommended sources.

If you would like more information regarding COVID – 19 below are some recommended sources.

Up to date data on status of cases in Ontario: Public Health
Guelph Today has created a local/national COVID-19 page: 

Government of Canada Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings

CBC for national/international news