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RECORDING: Virtual Town Hall

Friday, April 17, 2020


Moderator: Todd Tuckey


  • Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie
  • MPP Andrea Khanjin, Barrie - Innisfil
  • MPP Doug Downey, Barrie - Springwater - Oro-Medonte (Attorney General)
  • MP John Brassard, Barrie - Innisfil
  • Michelle Eaton, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Together website:

00:33 Q&A

00:33 - The government announced that the summer student program has been extended to 100% of salary, although applications closed at the end of February. The note from the PM's office that was posted online says: "we will work with Members of Parliament to identify organizations that provide essential services in the community and could provide youth jobs but did not apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020." How are these companies chosen and wouldn't it make sense to expand beyond essential services to ensure all students have jobs?

00:36 – I have a question in regards to the $40,000 loan that is being offered or wage subsidy. I understand that the requirements have been lowered but for myself who started my company last year as part time with the move to full time this year with much increased costs for moving into that whether it was marketing or equipment required, or increase wages to do that. We still don’t qualify for any of the small business loans and subsidies because our last years numbers don’t meet any of those current bench marks. So is the government looking to do anything for those start up companies that are 1-2 years old that have been working hard to be full time this year that hasn’t had the expectation that was expected but still has much increased costs?

00:40 - Has the provincial or federal government had time to consider what initiatives could be put in place to kick start the residential renovation industry once this pandemic is behind us?

00:44 – When I read the PM's announcement yesterday on commercial rent relief, it appeared to be directed at commercial property owners (and not directly business owners who are the renters) .... has anyone heard any additional information on this initiative yet ?

00:46 – This may be answered on the call, do we anticipate moving to a mandatory requirement, like New York, that will require everyone to wear a mask in public?

00:47 – I've recently been laid off by my employer. They are paying me 75% of my wage from the government subsidy and not the additional 25%. It says if you can pay the 25%. This is a bit grey. How is 'can' determined? I'm worried about collecting this money and then later being in trouble with the CRA come tax time and I should have been on EI or the CERB. If a mistake is made will this fall on me or the employer?

00:50 – in regards to festivals and events like Kempenfest, what are the city’s thoughts on mass gatherings in the near future?

00:54 – what are your thoughts on when do we open up and start to get a bit of normalcy again? Will it be tiered? Will certain industries be allowed to open up and then slowly allow others to follow suit? How do you think it should roll-out?



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