Programs for Businesses
ONTARIO SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT
Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown. The business must demonstrate they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20 per cent when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020. This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses. Other time periods are available for businesses that may not have been in operation in April 2019.
ONTARIO'S MAIN STREET RELIEF GRANT: PPE support
Providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees.
DIGITAL MAIN STREET
Providing businesses with digital supports
PROPERTY TAX & ENERGY BILL REBATES
for businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (modified Stage 2 restrictions or, going forward, in areas categorized as control, Lockdown or Provincewide Shutdown). This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses in respect of property taxes and energy bills.
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB)
Click here for the Hydro One application.
Click here for the Elexicon Energy application
SUPPORT FOR FARMERS
- Tax relief
- Agri-food Workplace Protection Program
- Work Place Safety and Prevention Services Funding
- Funding to Support Efforts that Match Employers with Job-seekers
- Federal Supports For Farmers
TEMPORARY RULE OR REGULATION CHANGE:
The Government of Ontario has launched a website inviting businesses to submit suggestions which could help them overcome the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations in order to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario’s supply chain. Businesses working to retool their operations to produce health-related products, or those that want to continue their operations in this new environment of physical distancing, can submit any potential roadblocks they are facing to the website.
WORKPLACE SAFETY TOOLKIT:
The Government of Ontario has released a first-of-its-kind general workplace guidance document to help all employers protect workers from the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
This new guidance includes help on how to create a safety plan, including specific advice on personal protective equipment and the use of face masks. It also includes a list of controls, from most important to least important, that employers can take to minimize the spread of the virus.