Statement from Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter calling on support for local businesses


As all of Ontario moves back into a modified Step Two under the provincial government’s reopening roadmap, there is one thing I think we can all agree upon: this is not how we wanted to begin the year 2022.

While the temporary return to stricter health measures may feel like we have taken a giant step back in this global pandemic, they are being implemented to control the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in our city and are in place for the health and safety of our community members.

Even so, immediate action needs to be taken to assist our small and community-owned businesses that have been hardest hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19. While the province has announced an expanded rebate program for affected businesses, more is needed to bring timely and lasting support to our local business community. 

As your mayor, I am calling on both the provincial and federal governments to continue to offer wage subsidies, programs to cover lost revenues and rent subsidies until a return to full operations can resume, while also considering other immediate measures to assist affected businesses. Beyond a return to full operations without restrictions to businesses, I am committed to actively advocating and responding to the evolving needs of business to support the path to a fulsome recovery.

Small businesses are an essential component of Oshawa’s dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods and their sustainability is a critical pillar of our community. As such, I, along with the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force Chair, Regional and City Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri and membership, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Oshawa Business Alliance are working together to advocate and assist in any way possible to help mitigate the financial losses that businesses are continuing to endure during this difficult period.

As a community member, you have a role to play too. Now more than ever, it is important for us to support local and buy local whenever we can. You can help make a difference by purchasing from local businesses online, dining out at home by ordering takeout from your local restaurant, and purchasing gift certificates now to use later.

Let’s continue to be there for each other. Stay safe everyone.

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