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April 1, 2020 (Barrie, Ontario)

Downtown Barrie BIA Launches Lifeline E-Gift Card Program in Support of Downtown Businesses

Businesses big and small are facing uncertain times.

Particularly hard hit are the smaller, local, hard working business owners that have had to temporarily close their doors to protect our community and #FlattenTheCurve.

During these challenging times, the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) is encouraging our Barrie community to support and shop local in a new, safe and responsible way!

The Downtown Barrie Lifeline E-Gift Card Program offers shoppers an easy way to buy online gift cards for their favourite Downtown Barrie retail shops, beauty salons, restaurants, cafes and more! Buy an E-Gift Card for yourself and enjoy it later or send one to your friend, team mate, staff, anyone you are thinking of during these social distancing times! You can even stock up for birthday gifts and, dare we say, Christmas.

Here’s how it works:
Head to, look for the Purchase E-Gift Card Here button and select the business you’d like to support in the dropdown menu. Your E-Gift Card is available in denominations of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500. You will receive an email confirmation that will act as a record of the E-Gift Card purchase and its amount. E-Card Card purchases will be honoured by the participating Downtown Business you choose to support.

Participating in the program comes at no cost to businesses and they will be receiving 100% of the funds from the E-Gift Card purchases. Please help us spread the word on this opportunity to #SupportLocal in a safe and responsible way. You’ll be helping keep our vibrant downtown alive during these unprecedented times.

This initiative could not have been possible without our amazing partners at Meridian Credit Union. We’d like to thank them for their continued support. To help encourage everyone to #SupportLocal, please make use of our social media kit.

The health and well-being of our community is our number one priority and we encourage you to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible information on the Ontario government’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage:

Contact: Kelly McKenna, Executive Director
Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)
Email: [email protected]