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English Español Association asks Canadian government for support to deal with coronavirus

Canada’s Association of Convenience Stores wants more flexibility and economic support.

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Canada’s ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has written to the Government calling for the introduction of measures to support local shops handle the impact of coronavirus.

ACS outlined key asks of the Government to help local shops mitigate the impact of the coronavirus, including automatic deferral of VAT, employers NICs, business rates, PAYE and corporation tax for at least six months.

Other measures that retailers are demanding from authorities is a government fund to compensate businesses impacted by coronavirus, and to subsidise wages for people laid off as a direct result of the outbreak.

“Convenience stores are a lifeline for the communities that they serve and they play a crucial role in times of increased demand, particularly as more people isolate at home as a result of coronavirus,” says ACS chief executive James Lowman.

“We need the Government to introduce measures to support convenience stores to enable them to continue providing vital services and products to their customers.”

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