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Ontario Introduces Plan to Support Small and Main Street Businesses

Ontario Introduces Plan to Support Small and Main Street Businesses

New measures will help businesses reopen safer, rehire faster and recover from COVID-19

NEWS                                                                                                                          October 11, 2020

TORONTO — The Ontario government is continuing to help businesses rebuild, reinvest
and create good jobs across the province. Today, Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of
Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, announced Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan
and later today will 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 main street small businesses—in retail, food and
accommodations, and other service sectors—with fewer than 10 employees to help
offset the unexpected 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 local, provincial, and federal
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
small business supports.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Ontario’s economy, and our government will always
be in their corner. Through more than 100 virtual roundtables and discussions with small
business owners, their employees, local leaders, and economists from all over Ontario, I’ve
heard directly about the extraordinary sacrifices small businesses have made to keep their
employees safe, their customers confident, and their communities strong,” said Minister
Sarkaria. “Our government is standing with main street businesses, and we remain
committed to their recovery and renewed success. We are determined to support them
through this pandemic and beyond.”

The plan’s regulatory and legislative changes, if passed, will:
• Commit to exploring options 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 allow 24/7 deliveries to businesses that include retail stores, restaurants, and distribution facilities;
• Support the distribution of local food and food products by increasing the range of products sold at the Ontario Food Terminal;
• Enable Community Net Metering demonstration projects to help support local communities to develop innovative community projects like net-zero or community micro-grids;
• Modernize the Assistive Devices Program;
• Support Ontario’s Taxi and Limousine Industry by increasing fines for illegal operators.

“Small businesses owners and entrepreneurs have overcome significant challenges and made extraordinary sacrifices to continue contributing to our communities through these unprecedented times,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for Digital and Data Transformation. “Providing new, easy-to-use and innovative tools, like our Small Business Recovery Webpage, will give them the information they need to reopen safely and rebuild better in one central location. It’s another way we’re building a smarter government that’s working for you.”

“Ontario’s small businesses were hit hard by COVID-19, but they were the among the first to step up and demonstrate the best of the Ontario Spirit by bringing forward their innovative ideas and solutions in our time of need,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Building on the steps we took at the outset of the pandemic to provide urgent economic relief to struggling small businesses, Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan will help get more and more small businesses back on their feet as we continue down the path to economic recovery together.”

QUICK FACTS
• The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory provides businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers.
• Ontario is helping businesses overcome the unique challenges created by this pandemic with 50 temporary regulatory changes made to help them adapt and about 400 more roadblocks being explored.
• The $50-million Ontario Together Fund is helping businesses retool their operations to produce PPE and develop technology-driven solutions and services for businesses to reopen safely.
• The Ontario government reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax rate by 8.7%, starting on January 1, 2020. This will deliver up to $1,500 in annual savings to more than 275,000 businesses. • Ontario’s new COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act is laying the foundation to restart jobs and development, strengthen communities, and create opportunity for people in every region of the province.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
• Visit the new Small Business Recovery webpage for up-to-date information, programs, and resources at ontario.ca/smallbusiness.
• Find out how your small business can go digital with the help of Digital Main Street.
• Learn more about Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
• Check out SupportOntarioMade.ca to help boost local businesses and manufacturers. • Find out how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Ian Allen
Minister Sarkaria’s Office
ian.allen@ontario.ca

Sumita Kanga
Communications Branch
Sumita.Kanga@ontario.ca

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Downtown Brampton Endless Summer Sidewalk Sale August 24-29th

Downtown Brampton Endless Summer Sidewalk Sale August 24-29th

August 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brampton (ON)…The Downtown Brampton BIA is encouraging you to support local by shopping during the Endless Summer Sidewalk Sale, in store and online.
The Downtown Brampton BIA is excited to announce the Endless Summer Sidewalk Sale from August 24th-29th. This is a great opportunity to support the local downtown Brampton business community if you haven’t already! Many businesses in the downtown will be offering sales and specials online and in store. Check out the Endless Summer Sidewalk Sale for amazing deals and specials offered by the businesses of downtown Brampton. Pick up something special for yourself or find the perfect gift for someone special!

Businesses participating include; AMA Academy of Martial Arts, Astra Medi Spa, Baci Gifts, Brampton Denture Clinic & Wellness Centre, Colombia Jeans Fashion Boutique, DasBrezelHaus, Dress People, Hair Lab & Co, Macaronz, Mako Hair Salon, Mi Churros, Perpetual Bazaar, Pizzanini, Restyle Beauty Boutique, Shea Essence, Stephan’s Furs Ltd, Superior Shea Butter Blends, The Scented L’air, and Yum Yum Jamaican Buffet.

Now is the chance to support local and find the perfect gift and/or a new back to school item. From macarons and interactive Karate lessons to handmade soaps and haircuts, the businesses of Downtown Brampton have the perfect product for you or that special someone.
The Downtown Brampton BIA will also be launching a Facebook and Instagram contest to help promote the Endless Summer Sidewalk Sale. From August 24th – 29th there will be one daily draw for $25.00 Downtown Dollars that winners can use at their favourite Downtown Brampton Businesses. Participants will also be entered into a draw for the $250.00 Downtown Dollars grand prize, the winner will be announced August 31st.

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Make sure to check out Downtown Brampton BIA’s Facebook page and @downtownbrampton on Instagram for a chance to win!
The businesses of Downtown Brampton are open and ready for business, remember to shop local and support local businesses! And remember …….We are Stronger Together!

For more information visit https://downtownbramptonbia.ca/endless-summer-sidewalk-sale/

Media Contact:
Alexander Philip | Marketing & Communications Specialist (437)-994-5163| alex.philip@brampton.ca
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Supporting Local Businesswomen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Supporting Local Businesswomen

Brampton, Ontario – Jul 30th, 2020.Talk about knowing the farms the materials come from!Join us as we support another local businesswoman with a unique company.

Meet Sanae Zehouani a Brampton resident, mother and businesswoman.

Located in Morocco, Sanea’s family farms are an award-winning woman cooperative. The
farm’s extract Certified organic Argan & rare Prickly pear seed oil bear an environmental and
social responsibility to ensure harvests are ethical and sustainable.

Sanae’s who is a formulator, adds materials from her farm, to materials found all over the
world, that includes The Scented Lair’s Blue Tansy Oil. We are pleased to offer her space at The
Scented L’air. Sanae and Tracy plan to offer classes this fall, on-line experience’s and continue
the growth to support women in Business. Both ladies are proud residents of Brampton.

The Scented L’air will carry the Sanash Group product line. We are super excited with the
Miracle serum $ 45.00- an organic-certified treatment increases luminosity and refines skin
tone and restore a youthful Healthy Glow. A powerful Blend of concentrated Argan and Rare
Prickly pear seed oil. The Glow Energy set $ 50.00 – a powerful multitasking facial mask is an
essential component to any weekly skin care treatment. As well, The Berber Ritual Kit $ 85.00
a selection of beautiful products, perfect as a sampler.

 

 

For the last 2 years The Scented L’air, located in Down Town Brampton, offers essential oils and
fragrant solutions. Tracy opened her second location early this year at Toronto Pearson
International Airport.

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To schedule an interview, 905-216-8766
For more information visit
https://scentedlair.com/
https://www.facebook.com/scentedlair/ | https://twitter.com/noseknowsnose
https://www.instagram.com/scentedlair/ | https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracypepe/

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