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Alberta Provides More Help for Restaurants

EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta announced a moratorium on evictions last week.

“On behalf of the province’s more than 11,000 restaurants, I want to thank Premier [Jason] Kenney for stepping up and throwing a lifeline to these mostly small businesses,” says Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada vice-president, Western Canada. “Our members tell us they are very concerned about whether they’ll have enough cash flow to pay rent, vendors and other expenses over the next few months. When restaurants thrive, so do the communities they serve. We need to ensure that Alberta’s restaurants are able to remain viable so that they can bring Albertans back to work and contribute to the province’s recovery from COVID-19.”

On Friday, Alberta and Saskatchewan both announced commitments to protect commercial tenants from evictions in cases where their landlords are eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program but choose not to. Earlier this week, British Columbia made the same commitment.

Kenney’s announcement went a step farther, unveiling a plan to provide foodservice establishments with a working capital grant of up to $5,000 to assist with reopening costs.