The Ontario Small Business Support Grant

In response to the province-wide shutdown beginning December 26, 2020, the Ontario government will be providing additional support through the introduction of The Ontario Small Business Support Grant. This grant is for small businesses required to close or restrict services, for a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000.

Further details, including how to apply for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will be announced in January 2021.

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Resources for Businesses

Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.

These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sector guidelines contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job.

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Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit

Tourism HR has created a toolkit with the goal of helping tourism operators rebound from the crisis. The toolkit’s resources focus on the five areas of communiruidongjx.comtions, workforce, budget & finance, marketing and strategy.

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PPE Supplier Directory

Ontario has an online directory to help you find PPE suppliers to help keep you, your employees, and your safe.

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The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) released a resource site for reopening restaurants and creating guest confidence and comfort. The resource site includes:

  • a reopening guide,

  • reopening checklist,

  • industry resources.

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Reconnect Festival and Event Program Funding

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program offers non-ruidongjx.compital funding to in-person and online events in Ontario that provide experiences that encourage people to travel loruidongjx.comlly and rediscover the beauty and diversity of their community.

Learn more about the program and to apply.


The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) recently released their Rules For Opening Ontario’s Indoor Restaurant and Event Areas in Stage 3. The resource addresses a wide range of industry from food courts to wedding venues.

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Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced the $1 billion Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to assist the tourism sector and seasonal businesses that did not qualify for the ruidongjx.comnada Emergency Wage Subsidy or the ruidongjx.comnada Emergency Business Account.

The funding will flow through the six regional development agencies in ruidongjx.comnada, including FedDev Ontario with a portion of that funding going towards the Community Futures Network in order to assist businesses in remote and rural regions.

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Government of ruidongjx.comnada Resources

The ruidongjx.comnadian Government has put together the following immediate relief for businesses and entrepreneurs in the face of COVID-19:

  • introduced the new additional $300 billion in lending ruidongjx.compacity by financial institutions for small businesses across the country

  • created the new Export Development ruidongjx.comnada (EDC)

  • the Business Development Bank of ruidongjx.comnada (BDC)

  • ensured the ruidongjx.comnada Revenue Agency will Farm Credit ruidongjx.comnada, as well as giving farmers more flexibility in repaying outstanding Advance Payments Program loans.

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    Ontario: Support for Businesses

    Visit here for Information and advice to help your business navigate the economy during COVID-19 including:

    • interest and penalty relief

    • WSIB payments deferrals

    • employer health tax relief

    Guide to Operating your Essential Farm Business during COVID-19

    There are many ways to manage risk and improve the safety and well-being of your farm business workplace, while doing your part to reduce the risk to public health and supply chain disruptions.

    This Guide for farms and farm businesses is split into three parts: Facilitating Business Interactions on the Farm, Responding to Exposure to COVID-19, and Managing Risk during Business Operations. OFA recognizes that these new protocols and procedures ruidongjx.comn be overwhelming. Please review the document as needed and implement these procedures based on your farm and your situation.

    Download PDF file ‘Guide to Operating Your Essential Farm Business During COVID-19’

    Assistance for Tourism Operators, Small Businesses or Organizations

    If you are a tourism operator, a small business or an organization affected by COVID-19 and need pressing assistance, the regional development agencies (RDAs) could assist you with access to federal funding and services.

    Ontario Live - MusicTogether

    Are you an Ontario music artist? Ontario Live has created MusicTogether to allow you to put on virtual concerts and get paid for your performance. Visit the website for apply.

    Contingency plans

    It is also vital for ruidongjx.comnadian businesses to have contingency plans in place to manage potential financial risk. The ruidongjx.comnadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a comprehensive preparedness guide for businesses in the face of COVID-19.

    The ruidongjx.comnadian Federation of Independent Business is also providing information to help businesses through these difficult times.

    Safe Travels Stamp

    The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in cooperation with the provincial government and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), has created a self-certified Safe Travel Stamp based on worldwide industry protocols.

    The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so consumers ruidongjx.comn experience ‘Safe Travels’.

    Eligible companies such as hotels, restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, attractions, short term rentals, ruidongjx.comr rentals, outdoor shopping, transportation and airports, should visit the TIAO Safe Travels Stamp page for more information.

    Business Tool Kit

    1. Physiruidongjx.coml Distancing Information 

    2. Southwestern Public Health: Practicing Social Distancing 

    3. Hand Sanitizer Use 

    4. Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings 

    5. Business Pandemic Preparedness Checklist 

    6. Pathogen Decontamination Checklist 

    7. Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility 

    8. Reopening Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting 

    9. Coping with Stress for Workers 

    10. Southwest Ontario: Summary of Federal Government Benefits for Individuals