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‘It’s so frustrating’: Small businesses struggling to get money from Ontario support grant

Halifax teachers breathe a ‘sigh of relief’ over shift to online learning, union president says

Delays in the Ontario government’s Small Business Support Grant are a big source of “frustration” for many small businesses awaiting funds during the province’s latest shutdown. The application process for the grant, first announced at the end of 2020, opened in mid-January. It offers between $10,000 and $20,000 to …

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Alberta new business owners, NDP call for changes to newly expanded relaunch grant

Calgary new business welcomes grant from the province to keep operating

Some new businesses in Alberta, along with the Official Opposition NDP, continue to question the UCP government’s newly expanded Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. The expansion will allow businesses that started operating between March 1 and Oct. 31, 2020 to be eligible for funding. The province estimated some …

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Liberals unveil details of $1 million loan fund for hard-hit businesses  – National

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Companies that want in on a new federal loan program will have to show sharp revenue declines during the pandemic and that they have already applied for other business aid. The new loans, from the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), will open for applications on Monday and …

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More than 200K small businesses could close permanently amid pandemic: CFIB

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More than 200,000 Canadian small businesses could shut their doors permanently due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, jeopardizing close to three million private-sector jobs in the worst-case scenario, according to a recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The organization estimates 181,000 small entrepreneurs are seriously …

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Small business group slams new Ontario COVID-19 retail restrictions

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TORONTO — The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is criticizing new provincial lockdown rules in Ontario, saying they are unfair to small businesses. For the 28 days beginning Thursday, Ontario’s non-essential retail stores can only open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on …

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GTA businesses ask for loosening of Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions in lockdown zones – Toronto

GTA businesses ask for loosening of Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions in lockdown zones - Toronto

Bloor West Village is a shopping and dining destination that, like many parts of the country, has been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Ontario’s strict lockdown measures. “It has impacted my neighbours quite severely. Although they’re doing their best to do virtual services or online auctions, even …

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Coronavirus: How the move to ‘orange’ is impacting these London, Ont., businesses – London

Coronavirus: How the move to ‘orange’ is impacting these London, Ont., businesses - London

While the recent move to the orange-restrict level of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework did not provide any major changes for gyms and retailers in London, a pair of local businesses are concerned about what may be just beyond the horizon. The move came into place on Monday, exactly three weeks …

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Coronavirus: Ontario retail businesses banking on some holiday magic

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Selling Christmas has never been so hard. With restrictions and lockdowns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses that rely on a little holiday magic are struggling if not shutting down entirely. Read more: Lockdowns ahead of Black Friday a blow to small retailers The Miracle pop-up bar …

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Manitoba’s COVID-19 restrictions create concerns for workers, small businesses – Winnipeg

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The union representing more than 7,000 Manitoba grocery store workers has concerns over the province’s new restrictions, which came into effect Friday, and how they will impact workers trying to do their jobs. Jeff Traeger of UFCW told 680 CJOB his organization sent letters to grocery chains across the …

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The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy: What we know so far – National

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The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), the Liberal government’s revamped commercial rent assistance program, will likely soon be a reality. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced legislation on Monday that would overhaul the government’s approach to rent relief for small businesses as well as extend the federal wage subsidy until …

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