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COVID-19 is still hitting the small business community hard. Some economies are reopening, but many small Canadian businesses are continuing to struggle—or shutter—without better relief from the federal government.

CANADA’S SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STILL AT RISK.  

YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS. HERE'S WHY.

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While the end of the pandemic is in sight, its effects are going to linger for small businesses like mine for years to come.

Even as restrictions are lifted, it will take a long time for businesses to get back to pre-pandemic sales and staffing levels, making it hard to pay down all the debt we’ve had to incur just to stay alive.

To help get the Canadian economy moving again, I’m urging your government to:

  • Extend all programs and keep all subsidies at current levels until the entire economy can reopen (including our borders) and all small businesses can once again serve customers in person.
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  • Help small businesses with debt relief by:
    • Expanding CEBA to $80,000 and increasing the amount forgiven to 50%. Make it easier for small firms without a formal payroll to access CEBA, including those with less than $40,000 in non-deferrable expenses.
    • Making part of the HASCAP loan forgivable and changing the month-by-month revenue drop test to an average drop of 50%.
  • Fix gaps in emergency relief programs by:
    • Making rent paid between non-arm’s length entities eligible for the rent subsidy (CERS), following an approach similar to that of the former rent assistance program (CECRA) and changing the requirement to pay the full rent amount within 60 days following receipt of the subsidy.
    • Simplifying the wage subsidy (CEWS) and ensure business owners and their family members working in the business can have some of their dividend income covered.
    • Immediately allowing new businesses to access CEWS, CERS, CEBA and HASCAP.

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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66%

of business owners have sales well below normal levels

58%

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.