Results for - Small retailers push back against lockdown policy that favours big-box stores
Small businesses in Toronto and Peel Region say it's not fair that they should be closed for in-person shopping while big-box stores can sell all manner of goods — from clothing to books to tech gadgets — if they happen to also sell essential products such as groceries.
1. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says it's not right that these small shops should be limited to curbside pickup and online sales, while retail giants are free to soak up their lost revenue. Do you agree that it is unfair that small businesses had to close for in store shopping while big box stores are able to stay open since they sell essential products?
2. The organization is calling on the Ontario government to adjust the rules so that small businesses can serve up to three in-person customers at once and salvage some earnings at the tail end of a difficult year. Do you think this would be a fair and safe compromise?
3. Asked to explain why big-box retailers aren't restricted to selling just the goods deemed essential, as they are in Manitoba, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Monday that doing so "would be a logistical nightmare." Do you think big box stores should only be allowed to sell essential goods since small businesses had to close?
4. Are you concerned about small businesses in your area surviving the pandemic ?