CFIB urges small business relief in Ontario

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on the Ontario government to ease public health measures in the province’s most restricted zones.

“Today marks a grim milestone for Toronto and Peel Region small businesses: 100 consecutive days in COVID-19 winter lockdowns — the longest in North America,” a letter from the organization reads in part. Those two regions, along with North Bay-Parry Sound, are the last public health units under stay-at-home orders.

“What was supposed to be only a couple of weeks has now extended into a fourth month. As each deadline has come and gone, officials have told small business owners to hang on just a little bit longer, only to have the football pulled away at the last minute each time.”

Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce some easing of restrictions at the end of this week.