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Greens call for targeted closures and small business aid

In an open letter sent to Premier Ford this morning, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner asked him to respond urgently to record COVID-19 case numbers and listen to the advice of health officials by imposing a targeted closure of businesses in hotspot regions. 

GUELPH, ON — In an open letter sent to Premier Ford this morning, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner asked him to respond urgently to record COVID-19 case numbers and listen to the advice of health officials by imposing a targeted closure of businesses in hotspot regions. 

Schreiner recommended the Premier to support small businesses through these closures with four concrete actions:

1. Provide financial grants to affected small businesses, comparable to the $15,000 grants that Quebec is providing;
2. Give 3-5 days notice to affected businesses so they can prepare for the closure;

3. Ensure that any shutdown does not provide an unfair advantage to big businesses or box stores; and
4. Fix the rent relief program so that small businesses can apply directly.

Read Mike’s Letter