Businesses urge Liberals to ‘get back to work’ on pandemic recovery after election

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Business groups say recovery from the pandemic should be a top priority for the newly elected Liberal government.

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says politicians should ‘get back to work’ after Monday’s election. It added that the problems small businesses faced before the campaign are now more urgent due to the fourth wave of COVID-19.

The Chamber seeks targeted support for hard-hit industries such as tourism and hospitality. It wants Trudeau’s minority government to expand wage subsidies and rent relief programs for businesses still hit by pandemic-related restrictions.

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The food service industry has been demanding partial debt relief for government-backed loans. Restaurants Canada says eight out of 10 food service operators have taken out loans because of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Restaurants Canada also seeks help to address the labor shortage worsened by COVID-19. It wants immigration programs to be expanded to help restaurants fill job vacancies.

The Liberal Party promised to expand the Canada Recovery Hiring Program during the campaign. The program is meant to help employers reopen by offsetting the cost of hiring more employees or raising wages.

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