It’s May 1st and I know many in our community don’t know how they will pay the rent today. Whether you are a renter worried about keeping a roof over your head, or a small business at the breaking point today — one thing is clear, we need rent relief for tenants and small businesses.
The rent subsidy proposal would provide direct support to renters to cover 80% of their household’s monthly rent, up to $2,500.
The proposal to save main street would include a 75% commercial rent subsidy up to $10,000 a month, a utility payment freeze, and support for remote-work set up.
The provincial government has a responsibility to take care of Ontarians and I will continue calling on them to ensure measures are put in place.
May 1st also marks International Workers’ Day, a day to commemorate the hard-fought for rights of workers — including the 8-hour work day, weekends, parental leave, pay equity and statutory holidays.
As we work to battle COVID-19 in our community, we must always remember the front-line essential workers that make this fight possible. We must continue to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the labour movement and demand better conditions for all workers.
I’d also like to give a special shout out to First Responders today. May 1st also marks First Responders Recognition Day in Ontario. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of the First Responders in our community working to keep us safe.