Puslinch ending ‘store native’ reward card program attributable to ‘underutilization’

ABERFOYLE – A present card program began to assist companies by encouraging native purchasing through the COVID-19 pandemic can be being discontinued by Puslinch Township.

The Store Native Puslinch Present Certificates Program will finish on April 1.

“The choice was made after cautious consideration and a overview of this system’s underutilization in 2021 and 2022,” the township introduced on March 9.

“This underutilization is in keeping with … different municipal companions who’ve concluded or are within the means of concluding this system as effectively.”

On June 17, 2020, Puslinch turned the third municipality in Wellington County, after Centre Wellington and Minto, to enlist Harriston-based Osim Interactive to develop a web site to promote reward certificates for native companies and repair golf equipment.

The shoplocalpuslinch.ca web site, applied in partnership with Wellington‐Waterloo Neighborhood Futures, was “a superb initiative” to assist companies “throughout very tough instances, however it seems to have run its course,” officers say.

“Whereas [it] was an excellent initiative to assist our native companies by way of the COVID‐19 pandemic, sadly it didn’t meet our expectations when it comes to long-term participation and utilization,” said Mayor James Seeley.

“We admire the assist that residents have supplied to our native companies and encourage them to proceed to assist them by purchasing domestically.”

On the time it was arrange, Puslinch officers famous the web site service would price $1,000 for Osim to arrange, $35 per 12 months for the area identify (the primary 12 months is roofed by the Osim charge) after which about $500 per 12 months for a Shopify subscription.

Residents who’ve already bought reward certificates can proceed to make use of them at taking part companies till the expiration date.

Puslinch officers say they are going to be reaching out to taking part companies to offer steerage on how one can deal with excellent reward certificates.