Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance(CECRA)
The CECRA application portal will open on May 25. Prime Minister Trudeau promises that applicants will receive their relief quickly.
The program is designed to assist smaller businesses cover their rents between April and June.
Commercial property owners are being offered forgivable loans to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments provided the property owner reduces eligible businesses rent by 75% for these months. Property owners need to agree to buy-in to the program. How successful the program will be is yet to be determined.
For more information https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/finance-and-investing/covid19-cecra-small-business
The Chief Public Health authorities are recommending, as an extra layer of protection, that the general public wear non medical masks or face coverings where social distancing is not possible or difficult.