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Hi there,

Restaurants Canada continues to be at the table, working with all levels of government to ensure the concerns of the foodservice community are being addressed, while working with our partners to provide you with resources relevant to your operations, as the response to COVID-19 continues to evolve. 

Federal Announcement: Initial CECRA Program Details Now Available

The federal government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses.
Details announced so far:
  • The program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Qualifying commercial property owners will receive forgivable loans to cover 50% of 3 monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June. The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75% for the 3 corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement. The tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25% of the rent.
  • The program will protect commercial tenants from being evicted, for the duration that the agreement is in place.
  • Eligible small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70% drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues.
Much of what is being offered responds to recommendations that Restaurants Canada shared in our news release yesterday.
While we're still waiting to learn the full details of the program, we are encouraged by what the federal and provincial governments have brought to the table and look forward to building on any areas where there might still be gaps.

Federal and Provincial Response Plans Handbook

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 prevention and relief measures across Canada, download our "Navigating COVID-19: Federal and Provincial Response Plans" handbook. This handbook includes all government announcements and relief measures announced to date, both at the federal and provincial level, including an overview of each measure, how it works and any outstanding details still to be determined.

Last update: April 24, 2020 at 5:00pm ET.


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#SmallBusinessMatters: Challenges, Insights and Inspiration

Canadian marketing and business leader Tony Chapman recently launched a new #SmallBusinessMatters series as part of his Chatter That Matters podcast. In this new 10-part podcast series, Tony speaks with Canadian entrepreneurs about how their lives have changed since COVID-19. Joined by a panel of experts and thought leaders, #SmallBusinessMatters dives into the challenges facing entrepreneurs to provide timely insights, ideas and much-needed inspiration.

In his latest episode, Tony interviews Todd Allen, Vice President Marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada, on their new program #RallyforRestaurants, and discusses how consumers can support local restaurants by buying gift cards.

Further Resources and Information

We encourage you to continue visiting our dedicated COVID-19 web page where we will continue to share information and resources relevant to our industry, and don't forget to connect with us through our social channels:

Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin | Twitter 

Regionally on Twitter

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Shanna Munro
Restaurants Canada
President & CEO | Présidente et cheffe de la direction