COVID Recovery



We understand that small businesses have been strongly impacted by COVID-19, which is why the Small Business Centre is here to help with programs, resources, and tools so you can get back to business.

My Main Street Local Business Accelerator Program

The My Main Street Local Business Accelerator is a data-driven community economic development program focused on revitalizing main streets with a healthy retail mix while generating local economic opportunities.

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Ontario Small Business Support Grant

New Ontario Small Business Support Grant to Provide up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses

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Ontario Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support

Helping small businesses with the unexpected costs of PPE

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Property Tax and Energy Bill Rebates

Businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs

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COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program - Small Business (CEAP-SB)

The Government of Ontario is providing $8 million to support small business and registered charity customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19

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DMS Digital Service Squad

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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DMS Future Proof Transformation Teams

Transformation Teams 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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DMS Create Your Account

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.

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The Small Business Recovery Outreach Program

Earlier this year, the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre interviewed over 100 small business owners to hear about the challenges that are being faced. Through this, our team compiled a Small Business Recovery Toolkit, including a comprehensive list of tools, resources, and programs that can assist you with the next stages of recovery and reopening for your business.

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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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Get Your Answers

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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Last updated December 22, 2020