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COVID-19 is still hitting the small business community hard. Despite the economy reopening, many businesses are continuing to struggle – or shutter – without better relief from the federal government.

CANADA’S SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STILL AT RISK. 

IT IS WAY TOO SOON TO END CRITICAL BUSINESS SUPPORTS.

YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS. HERE'S WHY.

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With ongoing capacity restrictions, a growing shortage of labour and an unpredictable fourth wave, the economic effects of the pandemic are not yet over.  No business owner expects government support forever, but we need to know we have something to rely upon until all restrictions are lifted.

To avoid mass business closures and help get the Canadian economy moving again, I’m urging your government to:

  • Lower the threshold for all wage and rent supports (Tourism and Hospitality & the Hardest Hit Recovery Programs) to 10% as is in place for the Canada Recovery Hiring Program.
  • Raise the wage/rent subsidy levels for all businesses to the formula used for the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (1% subsidy for every 1% drop in revenue up to 75%).
  • Include new businesses that started after the pandemic began in all business support programs.
  • Offer additional funding through the CEBA loan and delay the repayment deadline to the end of 2024.
  • Dedicate the $1 billion in funding you promised to provincial governments to implement passport systems to the small business owners required to implement these systems.

DEAR MINISTER FREELAND:

HIGHLIGHTS OF CFIB'S COVID-19 WORK

"Our business was on track to have a record-breaking year. Our income has been ripped from us and our business is still in its infancy. The stress and anxiety keep me up all night trying to figure out how we will get through this."

"As a sole proprietor, it's frustrating seeing businesses like mine be excluded from accessing supports for seemingly arbitrary government requirements.  We are the ones who need the help most. Sole proprietors, many of them women entrepreneurs like myself, are falling through the cracks. "

"I operate in a tourist location. Without the assistance, I would not be able to operate.  The uncertainty we face is monumental.  We can ride this storm with help, otherwise we will close due to lack of revenue."

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58%

of business owners have sales well below normal levels

78%

of businesses are fully open

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WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE

When the pandemic ends, it won’t be “business as usual” right away. After leading the charge to create and improve Canada’s major COVID-19 support programs, CFIB is now calling on the government to make sure relief isn’t cut off too quickly. The economic recovery will take time; government support needs to reflect that.

FRANÇAIS

After the initial 10% wage subsidy was announced in March, we successfully fought to raise it to 75% and for the subsidy to be given on a sliding scale – meaning businesses with any revenue loss qualified for something. We also pushed the government to extend it to fall 2021, which it has done.

Thanks to the surveys our members have filled out, CFIB has been able to show politicians what kind of relief business owners need. Through thousands of meetings, calls, letters and media appearances, we have successfully fought for improvements to the key aid programs available to small businesses.

Learning from the failures of the CECRA program, CFIB told government that rent assistance should not hinge on landlord participation – which the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy addresses.

CFIB has consistently fought for the expansion of the Canada Emergency Business Account. So far, we’ve gotten the government to include businesses without payroll; expand the loan to $60,000 (from $40,000); increase the forgivable portion to $20,000; and allow access to businesses using personal bank accounts.

WAGE SUBSIDY

RENT ASSISTANCE

EMERGENCY LOAN

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 95,000 members across every industry and region. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings.