Open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford: Let small businesses reopen now

Toronto, June 1, 2021 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has sent an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, calling on him to immediately begin reopening the economy to save thousands of businesses from being forced to shutter their doors permanently.

June 2 was supposed to be the day that Ontario's retailers, restaurant patios, gyms and hair salons could finally reopen their doors after two long months of province-wide lockdown. Instead, Ontario’s reopening plan has them remaining closed for at least another two weeks, and many for much longer. Meanwhile, COVID cases continue a strong downward trend, and estimates show vaccinations have already hit the first-dose threshold for Step 2. 

CFIB urges the Premier to immediately reopen:

  • All retailers at minimum 20% capacity. 
  • Restaurant patios and limited indoor service.
  • Hair salons and barbers by appointment.
  • Gyms and recreational activities by appointment

Read CFIB's open letter for more details.

For media inquiries or interviews, please contact:
Milena Stanoeva, CFIB

About CFIB
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 95,000 members across every industry and region, including 38,000 in Ontario. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. Learn more at