On April 16, the Federal Government announced a new program: the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses. The program will seek to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments, which are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships. Read more. More details are expected in the coming days.

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