November 19, 2020
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
RE: Business supports for businesses opened during the pandemic
I have appreciated your responsiveness and commitment to helping businesses, workers, and all Canadians through this pandemic. I am very appreciative of the support programs we have rapidly put in place.
I am proud of the resilient entrepreneurs and business owners who have been able to keep their businesses open during this challenging time. I am especially proud of those who have started new businesses, a testament to boldness and tenacity even in ideal circumstances.
After connecting with some of my constituents who have opened new businesses during this pandemic, it was brought to my attention that the eligibility criteria for some of our business support programs excludes those businesses opened after March 2020. While I understand that the purpose of the supports, including the CEBA, and CEWS, were intended to help existing businesses survive the pandemic, this eligibility criteria puts those businesses that have opened in recent months at a disadvantage. As we aim to build back better and recover from the coronavirus recession, it is imperative that we provide new businesses with the same supports as businesses that were in existence on March 1st, 2020.
I am requesting that your officials review the eligibility criteria for the CEWS and the CEBA to allow new enterprises to qualify.
I sincerely appreciate how responsive you and your department have been to the feedback and concerns expressed by Members of Parliament and I want to thank you sincerely for that.
Yours very truly,
Member of Parliament for Whitby