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New measures to help businesses reopen safer, rehire faster

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Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Ontario government unveiled a new plan to help businesses rebuild, reinvest and create good jobs across the province. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, announced on Wednesday “Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan” and intends to introduce the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, proposed legislation that would support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet the challenges of today. If passed, the act will remove hurdles faced by small businesses and allow them to pursue new opportunities — while maintaining or enhancing protections for public health, safety and the environment.
The plan includes:
1- A one-time grant of up to $1,000 for eligible main street small businesses — in retail, food and accommodations, and other service sectors — with two to nine employees to help offset the unexpected costs of personal protective equipment (PPE)
2- Ontario’s Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network, which links 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres across the province as places where small businesses can access tailored advice and information on local, provincial and federal programs
3- Digital Main Street Squads to help small businesses grow online;
4- Mental health supports for families, frontline workers, young people, children, and Indigenous communities
5- Ontario’s Small Business Recovery Webpage to provide single window access to small business supports. “Small businesses are the backbone of Ontario’s economy, and our government will always be in their corner. Through more than 100 virtual roundtables and discussions with small business owners, their employees, local leaders and economists from all over Ontario, I’ve heard directly about the extraordinary sacrifices small businesses have
made to keep their employees safe, their customers confident, and their communities strong” said Minister Sarkaria. “Our government is standing with main street businesses, and we remain committed to their recovery and renewed success. We are determined to support them through this pandemic and beyond.”

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