Northern MPPs meet with small businesses

Sudbury MPP Jamie West and Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas received many calls throughout the pandemic from small business owners who were experiencing financial hardship and struggling to get by under COVID-19 restrictions, with the number of calls increasing in January 2021.

The two met with local business owners yesterday to talk about the difficulties they faced with the Ontario Small Business Support Grant program.

West says the business owners expressed various concerns including the paperwork involved, approval process, and delivery of funds.

Gelinas says some of them were forced to close, then turned down for the funding with no process in place to appeal the decision.

The two will be asking the Ford government to host a review of the process and allow for appeals, especially if the fourth or subsequent waves of the pandemic continue to affect businesses.

 

Photo: Sudbury MPP Jamie West and Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas met with local business owners yesterday to talk about the difficulties they faced with the Ontario Small Business Support Grant program. Photo provided by West and Gelinas.

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