The Progressive Conservative MPP for Huron-Bruce says some help is coming for small businesses struggling to pay rent during shutdowns related to COVID-19.
Ontario ordered non-essential businesses to shutter their doors to the public, following a state of emergency declaration in mid-March.
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson says the province is currently working on plans to provide urgent rent relief to small businesses and their landlords.
"Ontario is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program of which details will be forthcoming."
As for reopening the economy, Thompson says it starts with Main Street businesses, and encouraging business owners to begin planning for their reintroduction to foot traffic.
The province Monday allowed businesses with street front entrances to begin offering curb-side pickup, so long as workplace safety guidelines are followed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
As daily cases of the novel coronavirus begin to dwindle in Ontario, Thompson is reminding residents of Huron-Bruce to continue social distancing measures to preserve the progress made in battling the disease.