SUPPORTS FOR

BUSINESSES

GRANTS, FUNDS, REBATES,

AND LOANS

Ontario

Small Business Support Grant

Application is close.

Up to $20,000 grant to help eligible small businesses

PPE Costs Rebates

One-time grant

up to $1,000

Property Tax & Energy Bill Rebates

Up to $850/month

for fixed costs 

Skills Development 

Fund

$115M fund to support apprentices in skilled trades

Canada Emergency Business Account

Up to $60,000 interest free loans

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

65%-90%

rent subsidy

Regional Relief & Recovery Fund

Liquidity support for fixed operating costs

TOOLS AND

RESOURCES

Mental Health

& Wellness Support

Online and by-phone mental health services

Ontario Together Program

One-stop resources website for small businesses  

Digital

Main Street

Available programs and grants for

e-commerce

Enhanced Safety Guidelines

Protecting your workers, customers & the general public

Hire and Train Apprentices

Gain what you train when you hire an apprentice

GRANTS & REBATES

 

ONTARIO

SMALL BUSINESS

SUPPORT GRANT

Application for this grant ended last April 7th, 2021.

 

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with a dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown.

ELIGIBILITIES:

 

  • Be required to close or restrict services subject to the new Province-wide Shutdown

  • Have fewer than 100 employees at an enterprise level

  • Have experienced a minimum of 20% revenue decline comparing April 2020 to April 2019 revenues

  • New businesses established since April 2020 are also eligible

PPE COSTS

REBATES

The Government of Ontario is helping small businesses with unexpected costs of Personal Protective Equipments (PPE). Eligible small businesses will get a one-time grant of up to $1,000.

ELIGIBILITIES:

 

  • Must have 2-9 employees

  • Be in one of the following sectors: 

    • Retail​

    • Accommodation and food services

    • Repair and maintenance

    • Personal and laundry services

    • Gyms and yoga studios

 
 

PROPERTY TAX & ENERGY BILL REBATES

These rebates will help businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures to help with their fixed costs.

Eligible businesses could get rebates for: 1) municipal and education property taxes, and; 2) energy costs, including electricity and natural gas.

Businesses struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19 may also be eligible for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB), which you can apply to through your utility provider.

ELIGIBILITIES:

 

  • All small businesses that are eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant are also eligible for these property tax and energy bill rebates.

 

  • In addition, businesses are eligible if they:

    • are, or were, required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of being under Control, Lockdown or Provincewide Shutdown  in the COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open

    • were required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of being under "modified Stage 2" restrictions in the previous framework

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FUND

The new two-year $115 million Skills Development Fund will support workers and apprentices, is specifically designed to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and help reduce obstacles to hiring, training and retaining while preparing workers for the province’s economic recovery.

The Skills Development Fund will accept applications from a wide range of employment and training organizations in Ontario. Funded projects could include:

  • Purchasing virtual reality simulators and the latest industry equipment to help train the next generation of tradespeople

  • Enhancing the recruitment and training of personal support workers to care for our vulnerable

  • Empowering those from disadvantaged communities through mentorship or trades programming for underrepresented groups and women

  • Providing learning and work experience in in-demand tech careers like coding and computer programming for hospitality and service workers who have lost their jobs

 

Applicants, including employers, apprenticeship training delivery agents, unions, post-secondary institutions, community organizations and others, can now submit proposals for funding until February 28, 2021.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:

 

  • Employers with a presence in Ontario

  • Apprenticeship training delivery agents (TDAs)

  • Non-profit organizations with a presence in Ontario

  • Professional / industry / employer / sector associations

  • Trade unions/union affiliated organizations

  • Municipalities

 

FEDERAL FUNDING

 

CANADA EMERGENCY BUSINESS ACCOUNT

Canadian banks will provide loans of up to $60,000, backed by the federal government, to small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profits.

Businesses should contact their financial institution to apply for a CEBA loan. 

ELIGIBILITIES:

 

  • Business is registered with the CRA with an effective date of registration on or prior to March 1, 2020.

  • Has an active business chequing/operating account.

  • If borrower currently does not have a business chequing/operating account, they must create one at their primary financial institution before applying for CEBA.

  • Intends to continue to operate its business or to resume operations.

  • To apply for CEBA, businesses should contact their financial institution.

CANADA EMERGENCY RENT SUBSIDY

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

ELIGIBILITIES:

 

  • You had a CRA business number on September 27, 2020, OR;

    • You had a payroll account on March 15, 2020, or another person or partnership made payroll remittances on your behalf OR;

    • You purchased the business assets of another person or partnership who meets condition b above, and have made an election under the special asset acquisition rules OR;

    • You meet other prescribed conditions that might be introduced

  • Are an eligible business, charity, or non-profit (eligible entity)

  • Experienced a drop in revenue

  • Have eligible expenses

 

REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUNDING

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ELIGIBILITIES:

 

  • A Canadian or provincially-incorporated business, co-operative, partnership or an Indigenous-owned business with 1 to 499 full-time equivalent employees; OR

    • Organizations, including social enterprises, that are engaged in commercial activities as a significant portion of operations; OR

    • Chambers of commerce, business or sector associations and other economic development organizations that provide support to businesses.

That meet the following:

  • Facing funding pressures with fixed operating costs, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Have applied to other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures for which they are eligible

  • Were operational prior to March 15, 2020;

  • Are financially viable;

  • Plan to continue to operate or resume operations; and

  • Have an active business chequing/operating account.

 

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS SUPPORT

ConnexOntario: Adults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600 for mental health, addictions and problem gambling support.

BounceBack: A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call 1-866-345-0224.

Kids Help Phone: Children and youth 18 and under who need to talk to someone about their mental health can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868, for 24/7 virtual, phone and text support.

Good2Talk: A phone and texting service that provides confidential support to post-secondary students. Call 1-866-925-5454.

 
 

ONTARIO TOGETHER PROGRAM

The Government of Ontario has launched a new website intended to harness the resources and innovation of Ontario’s business community to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this website, businesses can:

  • Sell medical supplies

  • find personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • submit ideas to solve current problems, or

  • volunteer to help protect against COVID-19

EHANCED SAFETY GUIDELINES

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development released new safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as we prepare for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.

They build on the 60+ guidelines developed by Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations in response to COVID-19 for various sectors such as retail, health care, construction, transportation, police services, firefighters, and transit employees. 

 
 

HIRE AND TRAIN

APPRENTICES

To make it easier for small- to medium-sized employers to find the skilled employees they need, Ontario is establishing new grant programs to train apprentices towards program completion and trade certification.

A new Group Sponsorship Grant reduces the pressure on any single employer to see an apprentice through to completion in training. This also exposes apprentices to a wider range of skills to increase their career success.

 

DIGITAL MAIN STREET

shopHERE

A program that provides support to get your online store live. It creates online stores for independent small businesses and artists at no cost and trains businesses on how to manage it including marketing the store.

ELIGIBILITIES:

 

  • Under 10 full-time employees (25 if a restaurant)

  • registered business in Ontario

  • can be a business or an artist

  • home-based or commercial businesses

FUTURE

PROOF

This is a program that assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a deep digital transformation plan.

AVAILABLE PROGRAM STREAMS:

 

  • Transformation Team that provide specialized and in-depth digital transformation services and support

  • Digital Main Street Lab is focused on building collaborations between technology companies and communities

  • Community Collaboration Projects will connect regional innovation centres and other community-based organizations

  • Community Resources

  • 2020 Ontario Budget

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237 Mapleview Drive East, Unit 1

Barrie, ON L4N 0W5

Phone: 705-722-0575

Fax: 705-722-8835  

Email: andrea.khanjin@pc.ola.org

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