Ontario Premier Doug Ford Provides COVID-19 Update | October 13
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Premier Doug Ford urged Ontarians to “rally around small businesses” during a regular update today.
Supporting Small Businesses
Ford announced that the provincial government is making $300 million available for affected restaurants and businesses towards fixed costs.
The government is also supporting small business through its Main Street Recovery Plan by:
Committing to permanently allow licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order before the existing regulation expires;
Permanently allowing 24/7 deliveries to restaurants;
Supporting the distribution of local food and food products by increasing the range of products sold at the Ontario Food Terminal;
Ending outdated and duplicative rules so businesses can focus on their work;
Modernizing regulations to allow businesses to innovate and meet the challenges of today;
Providing mental health supports to business owners and employees who are struggling;
Providing $57 million with federal partners through the Digital Main Street program and creating new Digital Main Street squads to help small businesses grow online; and
Launching a new portal to assist small businesses to quickly find the supports and information they need.
Ford also asked the “big three” food delivery services to reduce commission fees and “do the right thing in these difficult times.”