COVID Recovery



Nobody was ready for COVID-19. But looking forward, the Small Business Centre is here to help with programs, resources, and tools so you can get back to business.



ShopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away.


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.


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Helping Main Street Go Digital

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.

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DMS shopHere Powered by Google

Powered by Google and in partnership with Digital Main Street, the shopHere program provides access to a volunteer website developer who will provide businesses and artists with hands-on support to design and launch an e-commerce website using the Shopify platform.

Sign up today! It's a quick, easy, and no-cost way to get selling online right away.

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Digital Transformation Grant

The Digital Main Street Ontario Grants program provides qualifying main street businesses with the opportunity to receive a $2,500 grant to implement recommendations and digital projects identified by the Digital Service Squad, DMS online digital assessments or through participation in shopHERE and Future Proofing Main Street programs.

Applications reopen July 1, 2020.

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Future Proofing Main Street

Future Proofing Main Street 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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Digital Tools

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. Check out the upcoming events and webinars!

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Peer2Peer

Join the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre for a Peer2Peeer group session. Peer2Peer groups help professionals in the Waterloo Region share challenges and lessons-learned in a friendly, informal environment. Peer2Peer groups provide an opportunity for individuals in similar roles or functions to exchange advice and best-practices information.

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Get The Support You Need

If you’re facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, there is support available for individuals and businesses.

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Check Out Our Newsletter

Become an expert in your business. Learn and register for up-to-date webinars, workshops, and events.

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Get Your Answer

During the COVID-19 crisis, our primary concern is making sure you have the support you need to get through this uncertain and challenging time. We will provide you with the latest information on government announcements. Answers to frequently asked questions related to; Business Continuity, Financial Support, EI & Employment Income, Employee Management, Fraud & Business Security, Health & Safety, and Employee Travel.

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Small Business Recovery Outreach Program


Inspired by you, we've adapted too.
We've mobilized a team of people who are ready to listen and help find the answers you need.
Whether you need to talk to a CERB expert, need to access a digital squad to help move your business online, or to learn how to reach more customers at home, we're ready to connect you to that advice. We’re also learning from you, learning what tools and resources we need to create to help reopen & recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Let's work together and our team will do everything we can to make sure that you're ready for whatever new challenges come your way.


The program intake form is now closed. Please refer back to this page for further announcements regarding the Business Recovery Toolkit.


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    Last updated June 23, 2020