The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s National Cannabis Working Group warned Ottawa’s rent-relief program will exclude the nearly 200 REC retailers preparing to open in Ontario.
- The rent-relief program is only open to those businesses that have temporarily closed or lost more than 70% of their revenues.
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- Ontario spent the first part of this year rushing to license as many REC stores as possible in order to address that province’s tiny number of REC retailers. As a result, COVID-19 struck as many new stores (187 as of last week) were in various stages of preparation for spring openings.
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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s cannabis lead Ryan Greer said “there are a bunch of dark sites where construction has been paused and openings are delayed – they’re paying rent and they should be eligible for these programs.”