In March, the economic floor fell out from underneath Canadians, including all those who have invested their life savings in small businesses. In our riding, one of the hardest-hit sectors was tourism. Many small businesses looking to depend on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy & Canada Emergency Business Account were left behind and my office continues to work to find solutions for many. At the outset, the Liberal government was set to announce a 10% wage subsidy, which would have done little to help Kootenay-Columbian businesses retain their workers. On behalf of business owners in the riding, and in concert with my colleagues, I went to work and we were successful in pressuring the government to raise the wage subsidy to 75%.
Since that time, I have made it a priority to stay connected with small business owners in the riding to ensure that their needs are being met and that Government supports are working. To accomplish this, I remain in contact with Chambers throughout the riding and conduct in-person visits and Zoom meetings with restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, guides, and more. Each and everyone one of them is important to our local culture and economy.