Small businesses deserve more support


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This article was published 01/03/2021 (821 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

As we near a full year since the pandemic began, COVID-19 continues to negatively impact the business sector in Manitoba. Small businesses in Manitoba are losing profits every day and are experiencing increased debt loads, and have seen no meaningful supports from the Pallister government.

Manitoba small business owners hoped that the Manitoba Bridge Grant program would help them address their financial hardships, but soon realized that this program was a complete failure.

Businesses continue to call for real, comprehensive supports from the Pallister government, and the NDP continues to stand by these calls.

Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press Ravi Ramberran, owner of the Four Crowns, poses for a portrait in the bar and restaurant in Winnipeg in October 2020.

Small businesses in Burrows have shared with me their concerns about the lack of perspective in the grant program; the diversity of small businesses as well as their needs are not reflected in the program.

Four Crowns Restaurant & Bar, located at 1030 McPhillips St., is grateful to be open again.

However, costs to maintain the business are significantly larger than any grant support and revenues they’re generating at this time. Ravi Ramberran, the owner, shared with me that he is about four to five years behind in profits. At this rate, it will take him much longer to cover the losses he has incurred during the pandemic.

Despite the underwhelming support for small businesses from the Pallister government, I am perpetually amazed by the resiliency and determination of small businesses in Burrows.

Please reach out to my office with your concerns and insights by email at or by calling 204-415-7621. Our constituency office is located at Unit 1, 995 McPhillips St.

Diljeet Brar

Diljeet Brar
Burrows constituency report

Diljeet Brar is the NDP MLA for Burrows.

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