Petition to the Government of Canada
COVID-19 resulted in a crisis in the hospitality sector;
During the period post-closure, impact on revenue remained due to the 50% capacity limit;
Operating costs have spiked due to increased safety protocols;
CEWS, CEBA, and CERS have played a crucial role in saving jobs; and
The second wave of COVID-19 is causing an even further reduction in revenue.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. support new hospitality businesses that are excluded from CEWS, CEBA and CERS due to having no revenue in 2019 or in January or February 2020, including (i) any business that opened on March 1 or later, and was forced to close or reduce operations immediately, (ii) any business that was ready to open after March 15, but was prevented from doing so due to regional or provincial orders;
2. adjust the eligibility for CEWS and CERS on an industry-specific level for businesses to include those who can demonstrate their non-reversable commitment to the project through both of the long-term lease (over five years) with no termination clause (or P&S agreement for the acquisition of a commercial property) executed prior to March 15, 2020, and the total capital investment or reinvestment in excess of $100,000 made prior to June 30, 2020; and
3. implement an alternate method for the calculation of CEWS and CERS rates for these new businesses, set to mirror average subsidy rates industry-wide, as opposed to being relative to previous years' revenue (i.e. provide the same level of support as to other restaurants).