Media Releases Dec 16, 2021

Canadian Chamber applauds the passage of support program legislation ahead of the holiday break, calls on Senate to immediately pass the legislation to ensure uninterrupted support

(OTTAWA) – December 16, 2021 – Today, Mark Agnew, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, issued the following statement regarding the passage of Bill C-2 in the House of Commons to extend support programs for businesses.

“We commend the government for ensuring this legislation was the first order of business following the return of Parliament, and for working with parties across the aisle to ensure it was passed ahead of the holiday break.

The business support programs included in this legislation, including the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and the Hardest Hit Sectors Recovery Program, are vital for businesses who continue to be impacted by public health restrictions as a result of COVID-19. This is even more important in light of the quickly spreading Omicron variant in communities across Canada, and new public health measures being imposed.

We now call on the Senate to immediately pass this legislation before the holiday break, to ensure support continues uninterrupted to Canada’s hardest hit businesses and workers.”

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Because Business Matters

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.


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