Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Dear ICSC Members,
As I have shared, developments concerning the COVID‑19 pandemic have significantly accelerated. As is happening in the U.S., federal, provincial and local government and health officials in Canada are implementing unprecedented steps to limit the risk of COVID‑19 community spread. We applaud the efforts that are taking place, and our industry stands ready to support the nation as we confront this public health crisis.
These public health and safety actions, while necessary, have required many retailers, restaurants, gyms and other service providers to close, putting an insurmountable strain on our members, and we believe federal government action is urgently needed. I communicated with you earlier that I have been working with ICSC's Chair, Vice Chair, members of the Executive Board and various other industry leaders, and am in consultation with them as we address this issue with our industry. Today, we delivered this letter to the Prime Minister and Federal Ministers. It articulates a request for immediate federal support of our industry and also makes clear that further support will be required. A lack of federal action will jeopardize the industry and cause long-term damage to financial markets, rampant unemployment and irreparable harm to communities across our country.
ICSC, in conjunction with many of you, is proactively speaking with Canadian leadership. You have my commitment that we will tirelessly advocate for our industry in this unprecedented time of national crisis.
I wish you and your families continued safety and health. Thank you for your continued support.
President & CEO