More than 60 of Canada’s leading business organizations issued a call today, March 25, to governments to support a national effort to protect jobs and to postpone non-essential new measures amid COVID-19. This communication requests:

  • More direct funding for employees: “Other countries have recognized this need and are offering to cover as much as 80 per cent of the incomes of workers who are laid off as a result of the health emergency. We encourage the government to backstop the economy by implementing income supports at similar levels as Denmark and the United Kingdom.”
  • Postponement of any increases in taxes, non-essential new regulations, and unnecessary consultations that take us away from this mission: “Businesses and governments need to be focused 100 per cent on the current crisis, leaving other priorities aside until the crisis abates.”

Read the complete letter here.