SUPPORTS FOR

BUSINESSES

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

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