From the office of MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—The Ontario government is continuing to help businesses rebuild, reinvest, and create good jobs across the province.
Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, recently announced Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan and intends to introduce the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, proposed legislation that would support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet the challenges of today. If passed, the act will remove hurdles faced by small businesses and allow them to pursue new opportunities — while maintaining or enhancing protections for public health, safety, and the environment. The plan includes:
- A one-time grant of up to $1,000 for eligible main street small businesses — in retail, food, accommodations, and other service sectors — with two to nine employees to help offset costs of personal protective equipment (PPE);
- Ontario’s Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network, which links 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres across the province as places where small businesses can access tailored advice and information on available programs;
- Digital Main Street Squads to help small businesses grow online;
- Mental health supports for families, frontline workers, young people, children, and Indigenous communities;
- Ontario’s Small Business Recovery Webpage to provide single window access to supports.