Restaurant Relief

Under pressure to close restaurants again for indoor dining as covid cases spike, the Ontario government has come out with a handful of relief measures for the struggling restaurant industry.

  • PPE will be subsidized for small businesses through $1,000 one time grants, which will cover glass, gloves and face masks.
  • Booze delivery and takeout, which begun as a temporary measure at the outset of the pandemic, has been made permanent to help restaurants shore up their bottom line.
  • Support and pandemic related advice will be offered through Ontario’s Small Business Enterprise Centres.
  • Deliveries at retail and grocery stores can now be accepted 24/7, a change now made permanent.

The Ontario government is setting aside $60 million for the program as part of the Main Street Recovery Act.

Hot and Cold
Will $1,000 bucks do much to help a gutted sector? Ontario Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath calls the plan “delusional.” The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses thinks it’s a good first step, but would like to see targeted support similar to measures in Quebec which covered up to $15,000 of restaurants fixed costs.

On Plate: Only 28% of restaurants in Ontario are back to their pre-pandemic revenues, facing cold weather and the possibility of an end to indoor dining more permanent closures aren’t far off.