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Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Details of a new grant called the Ontario Small Business Support Grant have just been released by the Ontario government. This grant will provide $10,000 to $20,000 in funding for eligible businesses.

Who is eligible?

  • Click here for a list of types of business activities that are eligible.
  • Organizations that were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown that became effective on 2020-12-26, AND
  • Have fewer than 100 employees across all commonly controlled organizations, AND
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20% drop in revenue in April 2020 when compared to April 2019. (New businesses and seasonal businesses can use an alternative comparative period.)

Who is NOT eligible?

  • Businesses already required to close prior to the modified Stage 2 provincial health measures on October 10, 2020.
  • Businesses still open but with reduced restrictions (e.g., grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies)
  • Businesses owned by the government or by a personal holding federal or provincial office.

What do I get and when?

  • The minimum amount is stated to be $10,000 and the maximum $20,000.
  • There is no mention in current publications of how the amount is calculated for each recipient.
  • Recipients can use the support in any way that makes sense for their organizations.
  • Eligible organizations are also eligible for the property tax and energy cost rebate.
    • This grant will be based on property taxes and energy costs incurred when the targeted health restrictions are in place.
    • Specific amounts have not yet been published.
  • Organizations that are entitled to the Ontario Small Business Support Grant may also be eligible for Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant.
    • This will be determined during the application process.
    • Provides one-time grants of up to $1,000 for PPE.
  • Payments are expected to be issued within 10 business days after application.
  • Payments will be made via EFT to the bank account provided during the application process.

When and where do I apply?

  • You can apply now!
  • Click here to apply for any/all of the 3 Ontario grants.
  • Application closing date is March 31, 2021.

List of Eligible Business Activities

  • Before- and after- school programs
  • Campgrounds
  • Cannabis retail stores
  • Cell phone and computer providers & repairs
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities
  • Conference centres and convention centres
  • Day camps for children
  • Domestic services
  • Drive-in cinemas
  • Driving instruction
  • Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms)
  • Garden centres
  • Hardware stores (including Big Box stores) required to close for in-person shopping
  • In person teaching and instruction
  • Media industries including film and television production (excluding radio/television broadcasting)
  • Meeting or event space
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attraction
  • Outdoor markets (excluding grocery)
  • Outdoor sports and recreation facilities
  • Performing arts and cinemas
  • Personal care services relating to the hair or body (excluding oxygen bars)
  • Personal services
  • Pet/animal food and services
  • Photography services
  • Racing venues, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishment
  • Rental and leasing services (including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental)
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Retail required to close for in-person shopping
  • Safety, medical and assistive devices retail (excluding pharmacies)
  • Shopping malls
  • Ski hills
  • Tour and guide services
  • Vehicle and equipment repair services
  • Veterinary services

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