September 11th, 2020
Re: Extend Protecting Small Business Act & Rent Support for Small Business Owners and Landlords
Dear Premier Ford and Minister Sarkaria,
On behalf of many small business owners, I want to commend each of you for your efforts on passing the Protecting Small Business Act, which temporarily halted or reversed evictions of commercial tenants and protected them from being locked out of having their assets seized during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, 11 days have passed since the August 31st expiration date of this Act. While the health and safety of our residents are of course the top priority, we must also work to ensure that the drivers of our local economy are in a position to contribute when we make it to the other side of this pandemic.
Please provide small business owners and their landlords with:
1) Extending the Protecting Small Business Act: small business owners saw this Act as a lifeline. Many require this extension to survive this pandemic.
2) Immediate Rent Relief: small business owners need direct support to pay their rent now and during the course of the pandemic. Rent deferrals, while appreciated, only delay financial issues and add to the mounting debt that many small business owners are accruing during this crisis. Rent support from your government for small businesses will help ensure that our main streets return more vibrant than ever on the other side of this pandemic.
Thank you for your continued work to support small businesses. I would very much appreciate it if you would consider my recommendations to provide a lifeline to small business owners and their employees who will continue to struggle due to the pandemic.
Councillor Josh Matlow
Toronto – St. Paul’s