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MBOT MEDIA RELEASE: Government of Ontario Must Immediately Release Plan to Re-open Businesses

 

 For immediate release                                                                                                                 January 13, 2022

Government of Ontario Must Immediately Release Plan to Re-open Businesses

(Mississauga, ON – January 13, 2022)  – The Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) joins its partner the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for its call for the Ontario Government to immediately release a plan to re-open for Ontario businesses.

Today, Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement:

“Employers and employees need to know now if we are returning to work on January 26th which is just under two weeks away. We implore the government to immediately clarify if Ontario will be moving out of Stage 2 of its Roadmap to Reopen plan so employers, workers and families can plan accordingly. To help reduce business uncertainty, we continue to call for transparency and visibility into the metrics guiding the imposition or removal of public health restrictions.”

“Businesses, particularly small businesses, have suffered greatly over the last two years and continue to face unprecedented challenges amid a prolonged crisis. We ask the Government of Ontario to develop a clear and consistent long-term plan for managing the pandemic that ties restrictions to data-based metrics and provide employers with the necessary guidance around reopening when it is safe to do so.”

MBOT fully endorses the OCC’s position.  “We understand that from a public health perspective, the acute phase of the pandemic continues to evolve.  However, we need to bring a greater degree of predictability for the business community in how both guidance and restrictions will change according to the metrics.  Uncertainty has long been a threat to business.  We need to acknowledge this reality as we work together in managing this crisis,” said MBOT President and CEO, Trevor McPherson.

 

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About the Mississauga Board of Trade

Since being established in 1961, MBOT has played an important leadership role serving and representing the interests of business of all sizes and sectors in our community.

Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city and third largest in Ontario – with a population of over 700,000 residents and more than 50,000 businesses employing over 440,000 people, including 60 Fortune 500 Canadian headquarters. Mississauga is where successful companies choose to do business.  MBOT’s large, diverse and active membership has made us one of the most vibrant business associations in Canada.

As the “Voice of Business” we advocate on policy issues that impact local business at all levels of government and are influential in helping to shape policy decisions. MBOT also offers a wide variety of valuable business services and professional development programs, networking events and marketing opportunities, to help business grow, prosper, and get connected.

 

For more information, please contact:

Kelsey Lusk, Media Relations – Digital Asset Manager
Mississauga Board of Trade


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