Reinvest into small businesses

Canada is built on small businesses. As of December 2019, there were 1.23 million employer businesses in Canada. Of these, 1.2 million (97.9 percent) were small businesses, 22,905 (1.9 percent) were medium-sized businesses and 2,978 (0.2 percent) were large businesses. 

However COVID benefits had not been effectively helping small businesses, rent subsidies were not adopted by landlords, leading to businesses on rental properties not eligible.

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CERB was not helping

More businesses mean more jobs. Lack of manufacturing and production industry making our country's workforce heavily focused in hospitality, services and financial, which from the past 2 years, we can see these industries are vulnerable to pandemic.

We should stop CRB (the newer version of CERB) immediately, and reroute benefits to small businesses to keep them in business, keeping small businesses in business will allow them to continue and start to hire, create more jobs.

 

These include business subsidize, especially in manufacturing and production industries, that helps the economy at the fundamental level. And, spend on plans to strengthen local food security, ensure more jobs that protect nature.

 

Youths, our future, needs more help

Youth unemployment rate 15.9, double the national unemployment rate, worse than UK, Germany and many other countries.

The Green Party is working on:

  • Legislate housing as a legally protected human rights

  • Make college and university tuition Free and forgive federal student debt

  • Establish a Guaranteed Livable Income program to eliminate poverty
     

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