Trenton DBIA wants to safely reopen small businesses

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As local businesses continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, the Trenton DBIA, alongside Trenton Business, is advocating for the ability to safely reopen.

The downtown Trenton Business Improvement Area is asking residents to sign the Save Our Small Businesses petition recently posted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

However, health units in Hastings Prince Edward, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington, Renfrew County, and Timiskaming are expected to move into the least-restrictive green zone on Wednesday, which means restaurants and non-essential businesses can reopen.

On the week of Feb. 15, all remaining regions except three hot spots in the Greater Toronto Area are set to move to the framework based on their local case rates.

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses and has been a leading voice for local businesses across Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, making sure that governments are informed on the needs of independent businesses.

CFIB increases business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings.

CFIB’s Save Our Small Businesses petition is a letter to Premier Doug Ford stating that by keeping small businesses across the province in lockdown, local economies and independent stores, gyms, salons and countless other businesses are struggling to survive.

Not only are local businesses in Trenton struggling, but so are their owners. Business owners and their families have been challenged to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, and if local businesses fail, many residents will be at risk of losing their homes and livelihoods. Local communities will be at risk of losing their rich diversity.

“Small businesses are not only the backbone of the economy but also the backbone of a strong community,” said Trenton DBIA executive director Lisa Kuypers-Schroedter. “Their importance to community life and character is not to be overlooked. We need our small businesses and they need us.”

As locked down businesses in Trenton continue to struggle through the pandemic, the petition urges Ford to adopt CFIB’s Small Business First, allowing small businesses to reopen with at least a 20 percent capacity limit.

The Trenton DBIA is encouraging small business owners and the public to join the Save Our Small Businesses campaign to advocate for a safe reopening of small businesses under strict restrictions and health and safety measures.

Residents interested in learning more information about CFIB’s Save Our Small Businesses petition or to sign can go to promo.cfib-fcei.ca/saveontario

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer