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e-2717 (Business and trade)

E-petition
Initiated by James McDevitt from Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Sushi Ebenezer represents one of many restaurants who is owned by a business owner ineligible for the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CERCA) merely due to the fact that the place of business is a government building (City of Maple Ridge Business Center) and the landlord falls under the jurisdiction of the government (City of Maple Ridge) thus disqualifying a hard-working taxpayer of government assistance; and
  • This has resulted in a great loss of wages as the business owner, Sally Kang, who has stopped all business operations on good faith due to COVID-19 and due to the fact that the government of Canada wanted people to self-isolate to flatten the curve. Her story is in the newspaper article “Maple Ridge Business Owner Ineligible for Emergency Rent Assistance Because of Location” published by Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News on June 22, 2020.
We, the undersigned, Commercial Business Owners of Canada and our customers, call upon the Government of Canada to change the requirements of the CERCA to allow more flexibility to the number of business owners who are currently ineligible to receive assistance, especially when it comes to Government landlords who lease commercial property to nongovernment commercial establishments.
Open for signature
July 15, 2020, at 3:02 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 14, 2020, at 3:02 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Marc Dalton
Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia
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