MPP Cuzzetto hosts Ontario Small Business Minister at Virtual Roundtable in MississaugaPublished on January 19, 2021
Port Credit and Clarkson Small Business Owners Present Ideas to Help Small Businesses During COVID-19
MISSISSAUGA – Earlier today, the Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, and Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board, hosted a virtual roundtable to hear from the small business community in Mississauga and surrounding areas on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help Main Street rebound. The MPPs were joined by members of the Port Credit BIA and Clarkson BIA.
“It is absolutely critical that our small business owners in communities across Ontario have a chance to provide their insights and feedback to the provincial government as we continue with our roadmap to recovery,” said Cuzzetto. “This is why I am very pleased that Minister Sarkaria was able to hear from our community today.”
"Small businesses, like these in Mississauga, are vital to our communities and our local economy – whether that's the restaurant in Port Credit or a salon in Clarkson,” said Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria. “Our small business owners know better than anyone what it takes to create jobs, jumpstart growth, and get our economy moving again - this is why it is vitally important to draw on their strengths, expertise and know-how.”
Tuesday's virtual roundtable gave Mississauga's small business community an opportunity to participate in the government-wide effort to help businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided local business owners opportunities to identify specific challenges and potential solutions for the government to consider.
Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria announced that the government will provide a minimum of $10,000, and up to $20,000, to eligible small businesses facing challenges due to the necessary Provincewide Shutdown. This grant allows flexibility for small business owners so that they can spend it however makes the most sense for them (e.g., paying rent, paying employee wages, maintaining inventory, etc.). For more information, and to find out if your business qualifies, please visit www.ontario.ca/COVIDSupport.
In the 2020 Budget, government announced that it would make the temporary expanded exemption from the Employer Health Tax (EHT) for 2020 permanent -- helping businesses with payroll of $490,000 to $1 million. The 2020 Budget also provided property tax cuts for small businesses, and the option for municipalities like Mississauga to partner with the Province to create a separate small business property tax category to provide them with further property tax reductions.
- The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory provides businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers.
- Ontario is helping businesses overcome the unique challenges created by this pandemic with 50 temporary regulatory changes made to help them adapt and about 400 more roadblocks being explored.
- The $50-million Ontario Together Fund is helping businesses retool their operations to produce PPE and develop technology-driven solutions and services for businesses to reopen safely.
- The Ontario government reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax rate by 8.7%, starting on January 1, 2020. This is delivering up to $1,500 in annual savings to more than 275,000 businesses.
- Learn more about Rebuilding Main Street.
- Visit the new Small Business Recovery webpage for up-to-date information, programs and resources at ontario.ca/smallbusiness.
- Find out how your small business can go digital with the help of Digital Main Street.
- Learn more about Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
- Check out SupportOntarioMade.ca to help boost local businesses and manufacturers.
- Find out how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Office of the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP