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MPP Fullerton reaches out to local business associations

Provincial Government support for business

Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton, is meeting with local business associations to relay information on provincial government support and to hear about the latest economic news in the community.

In the past few days, MPP Fullerton has met with the Kanata Central BIA, Kanata North Business Association, Ottawa Board of Trade, and Invest Ottawa. The MPP for Kanata and West Carleton intends to still meet with other local business associations over the coming days.

“From the very beginning of the pandemic, the provincial government has been there for the business community,” MPP Fullerton stated. “Last year we provided over $10 billion in support. And now as the public health measures are back in place to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant, we will continue to support Ontario businesses to get beyond the current public health restrictions.”

The Ontario Government website details all COVID-19 related programs and services for businesses. Link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs

For a quick reference for businesses that are seeking support through the current challenges, here is core information about the various support programs:

The Ontario Business Costs Relief Grant

The Province is providing $10,000 grants to businesses with fewer than 100 employees that have been affected by the lockdown. Businesses that had already received funds through the two previous rounds of grants, which were worth between $10,000 and $20,000, would automatically receive the payments; otherwise, businesses would have to apply on a government website.

The Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

The Province is also introducing a new rebate program to assist businesses with their costs of operations. This  program provides 100 per cent of a business’s cost that is required to close due to public health restrictions, and 50 per cent of a business’s cost where capacity limits have been set at 50 per cent. Businesses will be required to submit property tax and energy bills as part of the application process. Online applications for this program will open January 18, 2022.

Provincially Administered Tax Deferrals

Ontario is also providing rebates for property taxes and electricity payments for affected small businesses. To help improve cash flows, we are providing a six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This will support businesses in the immediate term while capacity restrictions are in place and provide the flexibility businesses will need for long-term planning. The six-month period will begin on January 1, 2022 and end on July 1, 2022. It is expected this measure will provide up to $7.5 billion in relief and help as many as 80,000 Ontario businesses.

The list of payments for provincially administered taxes will include : Employer Health Tax, Beer, Wine & Spirits Taxes, Tobacco Tax, Insurance Premium Tax, Fuel Tax, International Fuel Tax Agreement, Gas Tax, Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts and Benefit Plans, Mining Tax and Race Tracks Tax.

Reconnect Ontario 2022 Program

The Ontario Government is investing nearly $20 million to support municipalities and festival and event organizers. The government is looking to support those who are creating innovative, exciting ways to help Ontarians reconnect with their communities once it is safe to do so. Funding may be used for expenses such as programming and production, promotion, mobile applications and website development, and implementation of health and safety measures. Applications are now open until February 2.

More information regarding the application: http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/awards_funding/Reconnect%20Ontario%202022%20Info%20deck.pdf

MPP Fullerton points out that the federal government also has a number of COVID-19 supports in place that are immediately available for businesses and workers, including the new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program and Local Lockdown Program. The federal government also offers a Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, which when added to the Province’s 3 paid sick days ensures Ontario workers have the most generous sick day program in Canada.