Alberta’s NDP is calling on the UCP government to provide more support to industries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Small businesses already face incredible challenges. And now that small businesses are facing reduced demand and public health restrictions, it’s even harder – especially in the hardest hit sectors like tourism and the live event industry,” said Deron Bilous, NDP critic for economic development and innovation.
The recently announced Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit provides support payments based on 15 per cent of eligible business’s monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $10,000.
But small businesses in industries that have already been closed for a year, and could face several more months of hard times, say this is not nearly enough support for them to survive, said the NDP.
“Businesses need certainty and they need to be able to plan ahead – especially those that are fighting to keep their business alive,” said Bilous.
“There are small businesses right now all across this province currently debating whether or not to close their doors or go further into debt to operate for a few more weeks.
“They deserve to know if they will be receiving the new benefit so they can plan accordingly.”