CFIB Calls For Lockdown Alternatives

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on provincial governments across Canada for lockdown alternatives and increased financial support for small businesses as provinces announce or consider a third round of closures across the country. "It is unconscionable that over a year into the pandemic governments continue to rely almost exclusively on blanket lockdowns," says Dan Kelly, CFIB president. "The first two shutdowns were devastating with one in six businesses considering permanent closure, for an estimated 181,000 permanent small business closures expected across the country. A third round will only ensure that number grows higher.” The CFIB is urging governments to now make use of the other tools at their disposal, including making widespread use of the millions of rapid tests sitting in warehouses across the country, as well as renewed contact tracing efforts and expedited vaccine rollouts as alternatives to closing battered small businesses. A CFIB survey found that two-thirds of small businesses would consider using COVID-19 rapid tests to remain open.