Locked-down businesses are hanging on be a thread. They need your help to salvage their recovery!


The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 110,000 members across every industry and region. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. 

CFIB has been a leading voice since the start of the pandemic, making sure that governments know what independent business needs.  

To Premier Doug Ford:


I understand. The health and safety of Ontarians is your number one priority. That makes sense.

Locking down small businesses while keeping big-box stores open does not make sense.

Closing our local shops to begin the new year means thousands will not survive. Business owners and their families will lose their futures and many will lose their homes. Employees will lose their livelihoods. Our communities will lose their rich diversity. 

I urge you to adopt CFIB's "Small Business First" strategy allowing small businesses to reopen with strict capacity limits. 

If we are all in this together, we need a change before it’s too late and we lose these businesses for good. 

Let’s show the Ontario Spirit and save our local businesses! 


CFIB’s “Small Business First” Strategy

CFIB recommends that the Government of Ontario:

  • Allow all non-essential businesses to open to in-store operations, but with very limited capacity for customers and public-facing staff,
  • Limit customers to three per store for a fixed time for personalized shopping,
  • Limit the store to three public-facing staff to help customers shop as efficiently as possible from a safe distance,
  • Encourage pre-booking appointments to avoid long lines outside the store,
  • Require all businesses to sign the POST Promise before opening in-store operations, and
  • Encourage customers to shop by curbside pickup or delivery as preferred means.