Good Afternoon All,
Last night the Provincial government passed a bill that provides eviction protection for small businesses that qualify for the Federal/Provincial commercial rent subsidy program, the CECRA. As most of you know very few businesses qualify and so, unfortunately, the bill will actually do very little.
The NDP tried to negotiate improvements to the bill which would have made the bill retroactive to the beginning of the lockdown and to cover all small and medium sized businesses. Unfortunately, we could not get the support of the other parties in the legislature.
Because we could not get those changes we did not support the bill which was passed last evening.
I will continue to work with you to try to get protections for small businesses at this critical time.
2. Destination Danforth & Cafe TO Registrations
Work continues on the rapid roll out of the Complete Street plans for Danforth Avenue from Dawes to Broadview. The aim is to have everything in place including the expanded/curb lane patios by late July. Attached please find a 3 page file that will give you a better visual of the components that we're working on for this project.
Thank you to the restaurants/bars and cafes that have already submitted your registrations for the expanded/curb lane patios; and thank you for letting me know that your registration has been filed. We have a dedicated team of people from the City just working on the Danforth components so I will be working with them to ensure that your applications are correct and are able to be approved. If there is a problem with any application I will let you know and we will try to work it out.
For those of you who wish to participate in the CafeTO program I urge you to get your application in as soon as possible and please let me know once you've applied. I'm attaching the one page registration information sheet once again should you need it.