I love the small businesses in our neighbourhoods. They make our city vibrant, employ our neighbours, and create a strong sense of community.
What I’m hearing from small business owners in Toronto Centre right now terrifies me. With some of the highest commercial rents in the country, our local cafes, restaurants, clubs, bookstores, shops, and service providers are telling me they can’t survive much longer with their doors closed. Worse, the current relief programs are simply not working for them.
I know that we need more support for small businesses, and that relying on landlords to voluntarily opt-in to commercial rent relief is not fair.
MPP Andrea Horwath and I have been fighting for relief for small businesses. As part of a proposal to Save Main Street businesses I am joining MPP Horwath in calling for:
- A 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy up to $10,000 a month for three months
- A utility payment freeze
- A remote-work set up fund, which could help them with things like setting up an online retail operation, or buying laptops and software for staff
- An auto insurance grace period for taxis and car-sharing drivers, established in partnership with the insurance industry and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority
- A designated emergency fund for small businesses and entrepreneurs who have faced historic barriers to accessing traditional capital, as proposed by the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce.
You can read more about this plan on my website here: https://www.suzemorrison.ca/supportlocalbusiness
Our small businesses need us right now. Please sign the petition on my website here calling on the Provincial Government to step in with a real plan to support our small business community.
We’re in this together,