Our government has made supporting Canadians a priority during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are supporting workers and the businesses that employ them.
The reality is many local businesses have had their operations negatively impacted due to COVID-19 related closures or have observed a significant reduction in revenues. They have also had to make challenging decisions related to staff lay-offs and possible business restructuring.
Our favourite local restaurants, salons, home goods stores and other small and medium- sized businesses in a multitude of sectors are the backbone of our local economy. We enjoy the unique choices they give us as consumers and find confidence and assurance in the friendly faces who own the businesses around us in our Northern communities. These employers provide the jobs, goods, and services that our communities have come to rely on. Recognizing the urgency and answering the many calls for help, our government rolled out an emergency economic response plan to help business owners navigate through this crisis.
Many businesses might soon face the process of reopening. Some are already operating or moving ahead with curbside pick-up or tailored their shopping experience to cooperate with COVID-19 public health measures and best practices. It is important to remember these owners and their teams are navigating unchartered territories and your patience and
support is sincerely appreciated.
More than ever we need to commit ourselves to shopping local when possible. Business owners are our friends, our family, our neighbors and we’ve counted on them to provide what we need and now we can play a role in helping them through this challenging period. I encourage you to spread the word about local businesses who are open and offer them a word of encouragement.
As we move forward, we will continue to support workers and businesses. I encourage employers and businesses to keep the line of communication open with their local Chambers of Commerce, their provincial MPPs and with my office. My team and I continue to work hard to support Nickel Belt – Greater Sudbury. I will continue to be there to provide you with the information you need and to answer your questions and advocate for you. We will get through this together.
Marc G. Serré
Member of Parliament / Député