Leamington District Chamber Advocates for the Provincial and Federal Governments to Step Up and Step In!
Leamington, and Kingsville remain the only communities in Ontario remaining in Phase 1 of re-opening. Frustrations, accusations, and misinformation are permeating throughout the region. The Leamington District Chamber of Commerce advocates every day for our small businesses and our community. Small and medium-sized businesses need the opportunity to open.
The agricultural workforce is a complex issue and relies on provincial and federal regulations to ensure that workers are protected. However, the unique circumstances associated with the pandemic’s impact on the region requires a multi-stakeholder approach to create a solution that both protects the public and allows business activity to resume. Our municipal and regional partners cannot alone fix the many issues that COVID-19 has brought to light.
Through no fault of their own, our hospitality, seasonal, service providers, and other types of businesses are suffering. With each day that local businesses are unable to re-open, the risk of permanent closures and additional economic harm increases.
While we recognize that the Province is taking steps to address the spread of COVID-19 in the agricultural sector, the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce is calling on all levels of government to “step up and step in” and work with regional stakeholders – including the Leamington District Chamber of Commerce – to coordinate a plan that enables our businesses to open as soon as possible.
The economies of Leamington and Kingsville need immediate action and support from provincial and federal governments who have the power to close the gaps and ensure our members and community can safely return to work.