COVID-19 Updates

Provincial Closures, Happy Holidays, and COVID-19 Updates

Yesterday, Premier Ford announced province-wide closures beginning on December 26 at 12:01 a.m. to stop the further spread of COVID-19. These restrictions are urgent and necessary to protect our loved ones. I know for most of us another lengthy and strict lockdown is disheartening, and even heartbreaking. With case numbers continuing to rise across the province, this is the right decision to protect our residents and it should have come earlier and accompanied with increased social and financial supports for struggling businesses and essential workers.

Save Small Businesses

Toronto Centre is the heart of Toronto’s downtown. We are home to some of Canada’s most iconic business districts and small businesses, from Canada’s largest gay village to the Financial District, to the re-invigorated historical districts such as Yonge Street, Corktown, St Lawrence Market and more. We also know that businesses across our community are in trouble.

To save small businesses, the Provincial and Federal governments need to step up and legislate a moratorium on commercial rental evictions and restructure the CERCA to allow tenants to directly access the 50 percent government relief if their landlords indicate they will not apply. The Government should also look at expanding the amount of money made eligible through Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). In urban centers with high rental and operating costs, for many business owners, the $40,000 is already gone. 

Please add your name and call on the Provincial and Federal governments to make the necessary legislative changes we need to save our small businesses and our main streets.

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Phone: 416-392-7903
Constituency Office: 100 Queen St W A5, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2