The Ontario government has launched funding options to support small businesses that are struggling during the unpredictable times of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.
Entrepreneur's point has put together the following data on Ontario's COVID fund relief with relevant links to help entrepreneurs and other start-ups find support during these trying times.
Ontario’s Digital Main Street Grant: The Digital Transformation training and guidance provides the opportunity for main street businesses to apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to help their business launch and expand online by supporting small business e-commerce growth.
Ontario’s Starter Company Plus Program: This program includes funding of up to $5,000, one-on-one advice from a small business advisor and 6 biweekly coaching sessions for businesses that are in their first 5 years of business. The program is accessed through the province’s 47 Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network locations.
All programs and details for the current support programs can be accessed through the One-Window Portal to Small Business Supports at www.Ontario.ca/smallbusiness
Through Ontario’s One-Window Portal to Small Business Supports at www.Ontario.ca/smallbusiness, businesses may also access:
The Workplace PPE Supplier Directory, which provides businesses with an up-to-date list of Ontario companies and business associations that are ready to supply personal protective equipment;
Local advice through Ontario’s Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network where small businesses can access tailored advice on local, provincial and federal programs;
Sector-specific resources to help prevent COVID-19 in the workplace;
Mental health and addictions support;
Government of Canada Small Business supports and resources;
Free, tailored financial advice and online training to help businesses make informed financial decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic