• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Continues to Support Business Owners, Workers and Families during COVID-19

March 12, 2021

TORONTO — Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement in response to today's monthly employment release by Statistics Canada: "Employment in Ontario increased by over 100,000 in February. In the last nine months Ontario has regained over 829,000 jobs overall, including 27,000 more men and women working in our manufacturing sector. Despite these positive numbers, thousands of workers, families and businesses — individual Ontarians, not simply numbers in a statistics report — continue to feel the impact of the global pandemic. Our government understands the difficulty people are experiencing and that's why we are providing unprecedented support during the pandemic to help businesses and their employees. To-date we have provided more than $1 billion in Ontario Small Business Support Grant payments. Nearly 100,000 businesses have received a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 in support after having to close or significantly restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown. Applications remain open until March 31, 2021. Our government is also providing $600 million for property tax and energy cost rebates to support businesses required to close or significantly reduce services because of public health restrictions. In addition, we recently expanded the number of small businesses that ca