CFIB’s response to Ontario government’s announcement to remove remaining capacity restrictions

Toronto, October 14, 2021 - It is good to hear that the Ontario government will finally lay out a road map to lift the capacity restrictions that have been in effect since July 16. Many small firms are rightly angry that the government focused its attention on big businesses like large sports venues, rather than ensuring that the playing field is level between big and small businesses.

Capacity restrictions on restaurants, gyms, yoga and dance studios, and bowling alleys should be eliminated, especially as these businesses have been mandated to admit only fully-vaccinated Ontarians. CFIB is counting on the Ontario government to make this change immediately, and not add additional delays or thresholds. Every day without being allowed more people is an opportunity missed to help struggling businesses make up for months of lost revenues.

-Dan Kelly, President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
-Julie Kwiecinski, Director of Provincial Affairs (Ontario), CFIB

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