An urgent call for relief; a message from a group of community and business leaders
We know some landlords have offered rent deferrals to their restaurant and retail tenants. We’ve heard that there are even some who have waived rent payments altogether for April and are prepared to do so for May. We appreciate these measures and we call on all landlords to consider some kind of rent relief for their small- and medium-sized business tenants for the month of April.
But we also know that in an economic crisis we can’t rely on the benevolence of individual property owners. We are also aware that some commercial landlords do not have the means to offer rent relief. We need government action.
The future of our retail and service economy in Victoria, and across the province and country, depends on bold steps being taken right away. Supporting businesses now is an investment in recovery.
• Jeff Bray, executive director,
Downtown Victoria Business Association
• Elysia Glover, executive director,
Community Micro Lending
• Lisa Helps, Victoria mayor
• Catherine Holt, CEO,
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
• Stephen Pearce, president, Think Local First
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 March 2020 - 05:12 AM.