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Navigating government programs and funding can be an overwhelming process. But we’ve created a list a/o February 26, 2021 for the most recent available information on ongoing programs and funding for your business.

  1. Digital Mainstreet’s ShopHERE: Powered by Google
    The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of having an online presence to sell goods and services.
    To address this need, Digital Main Street is collaborating with Google, Shopify, Mastercard and Microsoft to build and optimize online stores for small independent businesses and artists in just a matter of days.
    Learn more:
  2. Ontario Small Business Support Grant
    Applications are open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.
    Learn more:
  3. Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant: PPE
    We are helping small businesses with the unexpected costs of PPE.
    Learn more:
  4. Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebates
    Businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs.
    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.
  5. COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program: Small Business
    The Government of Ontario is providing $8 million to support small business and registered charity customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19.
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  6. DMS Digital Service Squad
    It’s time to locate your business online! The Digital Service Squad will assist you with FREE digital transformation consulting and support. Let us help you access the knowledge and guidance you need to complete your digital transformation. Whether that is having a stronger online presence, selling online, or improving your social media strategies.
    Click here to find your local squad:
  7. DMS Future Proof Transformation Teams
    Transformation Teams is a program that assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a deep digital transformation plan.
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  8. Digital Main Street
    Digital Main Street is a free platform that helps main street businesses identify and adopt the right digital tools and technologies that can help reach more customers and boost sales.
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  9. CEBA – Canadian Emergency Business Account
    CEBA provides much-needed credit for small businesses to pay for immediate operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax, or debt service.
    Learn more:
  10. CEWS – Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy
    You may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease you back into normal operations.
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  11. Business Credit Availability Program
    Through this program, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will provide direct lending and other types of financial support.
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  12. CERS – Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy
    Provides simple and easy-to-access rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.
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