Small businesses in our neighbourhood are struggling right now and the current government supports are failing them.
This morning I joined our City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and local business owners to call on the Provincial Government to immediately enact a freeze on commercial evictions. You can watch the video of our announcement here.
The most heartbreaking part for me, was watching Christopher Hudspeth, the president of the Church and Wellesley BIA share his story. His bar, Pegasus on Church, has sat empty since March. He followed provincial orders and closed his doors to help fight the spread of COVID-19. His bar isn’t earning any income, but his bills are still due. And worse, his landlord wont participate in the only rent relief program available to small businesses — that relies on landlords to voluntarily opt-in.
Our local businesses make our communities what they are — they contribute to strong, vibrant neighbourhoods — and now is the time to stand up for those businesses.
Small businesses are job creators and economic drivers. They will play a vital role in economic recovery and we cannot leave them behind.
Here’s how you can help:
- Sign the petition to save our Main Street businesses on my website.
- Write to the Premier supporting the call for a ban on commercial evictions
- If you are able, support local and shop at our neighbourhood small businesses. Many are still open for take out, curbside pickup, or delivery.
Let us weather this storm together,
MPP Suze Morrison