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We have a letter to various levels of government outlining our demands and the needs of our industry in this crisis. You can see our full letter here.

If you are a business or independent contractor in our industry and would like to join our coalition by adding your name to our letter fill in this form.  

We are uniting to demand relief for our industry, which we built to be the social, emotional, and physical backbone for so many Canadians. A united voice will be instrumental in weathering this crisis together.

It's our responsibility now to do whatever we can to make sure we are still here when this crisis passes. Join today, and leave a comment to tell us how your practice has been affected.

Comments are included below.

 

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    endorsed 2020-04-21 11:05:00 -0400
    I cannot make home visits now, hence, I cannot give each new resident the gifts from each business. Hence, the business is not being known by the resident.
    Iron Fitness Strength Club Inc endorsed 2020-04-21 10:41:18 -0400
    - Closed doors as per emergency orders on March 17th

    - Laid off all employees and contractors (trainers)

    - Zero income since then

    - Rent and utility bills still due, with zero income
    FitIn endorsed 2020-04-21 10:36:50 -0400
    FitIn is focused on both physical fitness AND mental health, and advocates for both in order to achieve holistic wellness.


    We are seeing unprecedented levels of trauma both in he regular population and also in front line and especially in front-line workers. Canadians need help. I’ve done what I can to help provide low-cost resources, and I’m willing to work with anyone to achieve the help that’s needed!
    endorsed 2020-04-21 10:27:40 -0400
    I have lost all of my revenue due to cancelled events, and due to people not feeling comfortable continuing their meditation programs. Meditation is proven to help reduce stress and to improve creativity (both very much needed as people cope with unprecedented problems). I would love to be able to provide free and reduced cost training for a wide audience, but I can’t afford to take on loans, as my business is almost entirely wages.
    endorsed 2020-04-21 10:01:34 -0400
    endorsed 2020-04-21 09:52:49 -0400
    Our rent has not been decreased at all and none of our bills have been deferred. We have zero income and own a small town gym/clinic.
    Erin Fitness endorsed 2020-04-21 09:20:39 -0400
    We have had to close our small business for the time being. We have no income coming in and are still required to pay utilities and rent.
    endorsed via 2020-04-21 09:18:33 -0400
    Our business shutted down due to Covid 19.

    Unfortunately, I am afraid hair dresser will be back to work sooner than us.
    endorsed 2020-04-21 08:58:10 -0400
    Spa et clinique de massage Oléa endorsed 2020-04-21 08:49:35 -0400
    My business is closed since 17 March 2020
    endorsed 2020-04-21 08:37:31 -0400
    I lost all of my in-person personal training clients (I was able to convert one to FaceTime video training), my income has been reduced by more than 80%.
    endorsed 2020-04-21 08:35:20 -0400
    All of my business has ended – the two gyms I work at and my clinic have closed for the time being. I’m in the lucky group where it looks like all three will be able to reopen once this is over; however, that’s not the same for many of my friends who owe gyms and clinics across the country, who are going to have to close permanently as they will not be able to make it through this due to financial concerns and lack of funding
    endorsed 2020-04-21 07:21:19 -0400
    My business has fully shut down, no income coming in for a single family income. Additionally, some of my regular patients have been complaining of general unwell, including a decrease in mental health.
    endorsed 2020-04-20 16:30:46 -0400
    We have been shut down since the beginning of March. Having to continue to pay full rent. We are now approaching our 3rd month of zero income but full costs of operating business.


    We can’t continue.


    Without help… and SOON… we will be unable to re-open after this is all said and done.
    endorsed 2020-04-20 16:26:50 -0400
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    Anytime Fitness endorsed 2020-04-20 15:48:35 -0400
    We have not received any income from membership dues. We are offered a loan from the provincial government that needs to paid back. This is just more debt. Our landlords are offering to differ rent. This just means we need to come up with even more money later. Landlords still want TMI now. That’s still $8000 per month per location. (We have two). Where is this money suppose to come from when there is no revenue coming in. Concerns. We are getting cancellation requests daily because of the uncertainty of how long this will last. So even if we were to open our doors tomorrow, we are still impacted by the financial loss. What happens if we go bankrupt how is the government going to help us? Our second location is new. We have bank loans, equipment leases, rental lease agreements. If we go bankrupt. We lose everything including our home. How is the government going to protect us. We are being punished for something we had no control over. We have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to build our business over the past 8 years. To be stripped down to less then we started with. I ask the Federal Government, beg the Federal Government to help us out with more then a loan as a loan is only digging our hole that much deeper. Have mercy.
    endorsed 2020-04-20 15:26:29 -0400
    I am an RMT who rents a room close to downtown Oakville and have been recommended by our regulatory body to not work as of March 16th when social distancing became in effect. I am currently unable to pay my operating expenses like rent and booking system as I have no income coming in for work and need relief!
    endorsed 2020-04-20 15:14:42 -0400
    Our member fees pay our rent and the wages for our small staff. As an owner I don’t have a salary right now since we are trying to pay off our loan. I don’t qualify for CERB and I am not prepared to take on more debt when we have no idea of when we may possibly re-open if we are able.
    endorsed 2020-04-20 15:14:32 -0400
    Unique Small businesses are falling through the cracks of the government resposne.. and will end up paying a disproportionately large share of Covid cost.

    https://hubclimbing.com/2020/04/18/climbing-and-small-business-covid-challenges/
    Hub Climbing Markham endorsed 2020-04-20 15:12:34 -0400
    Unique Small businesses are falling through the cracks of the government resposne.. and will end up paying a disproportionately large share of Covid cost.

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/small-ontario-businesses-falling-through-cracks-steven-brown/
    Sunnyside Tanning & Esthetics Ltd endorsed 2020-04-20 15:08:02 -0400
    I am concerned about rent and operating cost because my business is hands on I will be one of the last business introduced back in after COVID 19 the not knowing when or if I can afford to keep things going is very stressful and adding a loan to keep me afloat scars me it cost me over 6,500 to keep things going CLOSED I have been using a line of cr to keep a float if I get the 40,000 emergency line it would keep me for 4 more months but then when and if I can continue my business I will have to pay my bills and pay off the loan no way I can pay it off in a year so now I would be paying 5% on that loan and keeping bills and employee payroll don’t know what to do been in business for 23 yrs hate to loss it
    endorsed 2020-04-20 14:54:39 -0400
    Mind and Body Integrated Medicine Clinic endorsed 2020-04-20 14:53:17 -0400
    We need to have a plan when to open the business and help with payment of rents
    endorsed 2020-04-20 14:52:52 -0400
    As a sole proprietor running a wellness practice (psychotherapy and reiki), my office is closed, rent is due, governments are bailing out large corporations (who have wealth and assets they can leverage) while we are forced to acquire debt to continue on and I won’t stand for it.
    LPS Athletic Centre endorsed 2020-04-19 11:09:01 -0400
    We voluntarily shut down early March and the owners pledged to take $0 home to make sure all of our coaches & staff were paid for the next few months. Fortunately, the CERB kicked in, but other expenses (lease, utilities, insurance, equipment financing, software subscriptions, etc.) continued with virtually no revenue. We are self funded (mortgaged our house), and our team is mainly contractors, so we’re not eligible for the CEBA loan. We predict it will be even more challenging when we open again as we are a semi-private facility, which will cripple the business and make it unaffordable for our athletes.
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    The Health Institute endorsed 2020-04-18 15:08:41 -0400
    Being labeled a non-essential service has been devastating not only due to the financial losses but also because I know we can assist so many who are suffering from not only physical aches and pains but the emotional and mental support we provide the community with manual therapy and exercise prescription. This unfortunate situation has brought attention that the health and wellness industry needs an actual seat and voice. Thank you very much for initiating this conversation.