CFIB statement on Ontario’s second wave business closures

Toronto, October 9, 2020 - The Ontario government’s decision to close restaurants, gyms and fitness centres for a second time this year in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa is a crushing blow to their COVID-19 recovery. These are among the hardest-hit industries, and while once again shut down, their bills will continue to pile up. 

We are pleased that Premier Ford has committed $300 million to help shutdown businesses address fixed costs, including property taxes and energy bills. These businesses are not closing because they made poor decisions: government is forcing them to shut their doors to help protect society. We implore the government to continue to review available support programs and cover any gaps.

We can and must act now to save our small businesses. As the Ontario government rolls out further details of their program, we encourage them to look to provinces like Quebec and British Columbia as models. Shut down small businesses don’t have the luxury of time: Government must get their program up and running as soon as possible. 

- Ryan Mallough, Director of Provincial Affairs, Ontario
- Julie Kwiecinski, Director of Provincial Affairs, Ontario

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