Many Osler clients are contributing to the fight against COVID-19 in meaningful ways.
Distantly.ca is a recently launched community crowdfunding website that facilitates contributions for local Toronto businesses that have been forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform supports a growing network of over 500 local businesses including coffee shops, gyms, bars, nail salons, restaurants and more. There are no fees for affected local businesses to participate, which means that all proceeds from community contributions are delivered direct to the small business owner, less fees charged by credit card issuers. Payments are delivered within 2 - 4 business days to the verified business owner, ensuring contributions provide immediate support.
In a Globalnews.ca article, Toronto Mayor John Tory praised the initiative and said that “main street businesses are a key part of the city.”
Susan McArthur, a former partner at a venture capital fund, along with Buildable Technologies co-founders Daniel Spataro and Moe Katib, created the initiative, in collaboration with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, which represents over 40,000 businesses and property owners.
Osler is proud to have assisted Distantly.ca in its launch by providing pro bono legal advice. For information on registering your business for the platform or making a donation, visit Distantly.ca.