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Canada’s Budget 2021 : Ottawa Board of Trade Welcomes Supports for Business, Communities, and Inclusive Growth and Cautions on Debt and Deficits

Canada’s Budget 2021 Delivers Historic Support Against Uncertain Backdrop 

Ottawa Board of Trade Welcomes Supports for Business,  

Communities, and Inclusive Growth and Cautions on Debt and Deficits  

(Ottawa, April 19, 2021) – Today, Ottawa Board of Trade President & CEO, Sueling Ching, released the following statement in response to the Government of Canada’s 2021 Budget.  

“Today, the Government of Canada released a historic budget at a time when Canadians need it most,” said Sueling Ching, President & CEO of the Ottawa Board of Trade, “Canada’s 2021 Budget gives businesses in Ottawa the much-needed supports to help weather the current health crisis and lays the foundation for a strong and inclusive economic recovery.” 

“I echo Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce: The Budget’s focus on growth and jobs is an important step towards our economic recovery, but our growth drivers will need to shift from public spending to private investment to help get our finances under control. The plan to reduce deficits over the coming years is important, but it will depend on meeting our growth target,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC).  

In 2021, Ontario will continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.  Leading up to Canada’s 2021 Budget, OBOT and the OCC called for policies that will foster economic resiliency within our health care system and among those hit hardest by the pandemic such as small businesses, women, and racialized groups.  

“Leading up to Budget 2021, the Ottawa Board of Trade and OCC urged federal and provincial governments to invest in the long-term affordability and accessibility of child care and address the shortage of early childhood educators. We are pleased with the Government of Canada’s historic investments and commitment to working closely with the provinces and territories on program design and delivery, as recommended in our report, The She-Covery Project: Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario,” added Sueling Ching. 

Some of the key measures in Canada’s 2021 Budget are:  

Supports for business
Program extensions. As employers and workers continue confronting the headwinds of the pandemic, Budget 2021 commits to extending various business supports, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy.
Financing for small business and entrepreneurs. When small businesses thrive; communities thrive. Entrepreneurs, particularly women and racialized communities face several barriers to growth. We are pleased to see additional access to capital for small business and entrepreneurs through initiatives such as the enhancement of the Canada Small Business Financing Program and resources to support diverse Canadian entrepreneurs.
Digital Adoption Program. This is an innovative program that will help create jobs for young people and help small business adopt new digital technologies which will be important to get our economy moving.  

Support for communities
Regional Supports. COVID-19 is having uneven impacts on different regions of Ontario, accentuating existing disparities. Recovery will look different for each community. As many small business owners do not qualify for other support programs and are starved for capital, additional supports through several regional economic development agencies are welcome.
Further supports in broadband infrastructure. The pandemic has exacerbated the digital divide for people and businesses, particularly in remote and rural communities. Further commitment to connect all Canadians, including businesses, to reliable broadband is welcome news.  

Support for inclusive growth
Childcare. Childcare can act as an economic equalizer to parents and mothers, particularly, women from minority communities. Affordable and accessible childcare can help level the economic playing field for families.
Diversity and inclusion in procurement. There is both economic and social value in making our supply chains more diverse and inclusive. We welcome the Government of Canada’s commitment to modernize their procurement processes to expand opportunities for diverse businesses and suppliers that champion diversity. Changing the incentive structures is the most powerful way to change outcomes.  

Read the full pre-Budget submission here. 


For media inquiries please contact: 

Sueling Ching, President & CEO, Ottawa Board of Trade | 613-349-5757 

About the Ottawa Board of Trade 

The Ottawa Board of Trade is the voice for business in the Ottawa region, acting as an independent, non-partisan association representing the interests of all businesses at every level of government to ensure a competitive business climate, economic growth and community prosperity.