Here are today’s new developments:
- Canada is expanding measures to help businesses during the pandemic, including broadened loan eligibility -- groups like the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) says these changes still leave out certain firms, like new businesses and the self-employed.
- Trudeau will talk to premiers today about helping small businesses with rents – for weeks, the official opposition has been calling on the Ontario government to provide help to small and medium-sized businesses, including a 75 per cent rent subsidy.
- Canada won't be opening up its border with the U.S. anytime soon, despite what President Trump said yesterday.
- Ontario continues to fall behind the rest of the provinces when it comes to COVID-19 testing.
Here are some concerns we are working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Andrea Horwath called on the provincial government to close the dangerous gaps in their new orders to protect vulnerable group living facilities – gaps include waiting a week for measures to take effect, and exempting temp agency staff from the rule to work in one home only.
Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members:
- Concerns about the state of long-term care and seniors homes before COVID-19.
- Ongoing concerns about small businesses that are failing, with some facing eviction — through no fault of their own — because there is no provincial support in place for expenses like commercial rent.
Email me to let me know how you’re doing, what you’re concerned about: firstname.lastname@example.org