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Weeks to bankruptcy because of coronavirus pandemic, small businesses ask feds for more help – CityNews Winnipeg

Mar 26, 2020

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Imagine 6 months or a year from now, when millions of Canadians emerge from isolation and quarantine, only to find boarded up windows at the coffee shop on the way to work, or that the neighbourhood pub is really gone forever.

Across Canada, 15,000 businesses have signed on to a petition calling on the federal government to help as many of them survive the global coronavirus pandemic as possible. About 6,500 of those firms are in British Columbia.

“We’ve paused our businesses to protect our communities’ health. Government needs to help us pause our expenses so we’re still in business when it’s time to restart the economy,” says the petition’s primer.

It was assembled by Erin Millar, owner and founder of independent media company, The Discourse. It began as a call to action to help women-owned businesses weather the storm, but it soon evolved into a call for help from thousands in every sector.

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