MPP Sabawy mulls ways to help restaurants during COVID-19


Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Prabmeet  Sarkaria and Mississauga-Erin Mills MPP, Sheref Sabawy held on Monday a virtual roundtable to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 on the restaurant industry in Mississauga and surrounding areas. The meeting was attended by several ethnic restaurants owners in Ontario from Scarborough to Hamilton.

” It is critical that communities across Ontario have a chance to provide their insights and feedback to the provincial government as we continue our roadmap to recovery, this is why I am very pleased Minister Sarkaria was able to hear from our community” said Mississauga-Erin Mills MPP Sheref Sabawy. “Small business owners like those that joined us in the roundtable, are vital to our communities and our local economy whether that’s the pub in Oakville or a tapas restaurant in Burlington” said Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Minister, Prabmeet Sarkaria. ” Our restaurant owners know better than anyone what it takes to create jobs, jumpstart growth, and get our economy moving again – this is why it is vitally important to draw on their strengths, expertise and know-how.” Monday’s virtual roundtable gave the restaurant industry to participate in the government-wide effort to help businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic and provided restaurant owners to identify specific challenges and potential solutions for the government to consider.

Minister Sarkaria is one of the members of Ontario’s Jobs and Recovery Committee which is tasked with developing the staged action plan on how to move Ontario forward as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. Feedback from this and other provincial roundtables will help inform
that committee and its necessary and critical work ahead.


Members of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee include:
– Rod Phillips, Chair, Minister of Finance
– Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
– Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board
– Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation
– Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
– Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
– Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of
Indigenous Affairs
– John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
– Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure
– Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
– Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services
– Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
– Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

On March 25, 2020, the government launched Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID19.
The first phase of the government’s response, it is a $17 billion package with funding targeted to
help families and a variety of sectors across Ontario.

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