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Road construction is a major irritant for many of you. It causes a drop in sales, adds additional costs to your operations and becomes a source of stress. The very survival of your business might even be at stake. So we have decided to tackle the problem.
We challenged municipalities across the country to adopt a coherent construction mitigation policy, including a compensation program for the worst cases.
Congratulations to Montreal, the first city to accept our challenge! Montreal’s financial assistance program for business owners will be retroactive to January 1, 2016, and represents an investment of $25 million.
If you have a business in Montreal and your activities have been or are being disrupted by major roadwork, here’s what you need to know:
Do you have questions about the program? Call your Business Counsellors, he can for help you!
We are continuing our work and encourage all municipalities to follow Montreal’s example, because Montreal is not the only place where roadwork affects businesses. Small businesses throughout the country need their elected municipal officials to show leadership and take action on this matter
We surveyed CFIB members in 2017, and 41% said they had been negatively impacted by such projects between 2012 and 2017. For 5% of all businesses surveyed, the hit was major.
We are talking about 65,000 SMEs in Canada that often had to borrow money, relocate or fully close down because of the major adverse effects of infrastructure work on their activities.
Those are just some of the consequences; there are many others:
Road construction is a necessary evil, but there are solutions that can mitigate its effects on your business. We are challenging municipalities across Canada to implement a policy to support small businesses that are threatened by major infrastructure projects. This policy should include five basic elements:
We will continue to exert pressure on municipalities to ensure that they help you survive any road construction projects. Do you have a story to tell? Photos to send us? If so, please give your Business Counsellor a call.