GOVERNMENT COVID-19 INITIATIVES



Ontario Small Business Support Grant

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




Ontario Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support

The Ontario Government is helping small businesses with the unexpected costs of PPE.



Property Tax and Energy Bill Rebates

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.



Employment Insurance Benefits (EI)

The Government of Canada announced changes to the EI program and new recovery benefits that will better support Canadians. 




Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

You may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease you back into normal operations. 


Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

CEBA provides much-needed credit for small businesses to pay for immediate operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax, or debt service.




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

CEAP-SB is intended to help small businesses and registered charities that are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19 and provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.



Business Credit Availability Program

Through this program, Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will provide direct lending and other types of financial support. 




Farm Credit

Increased flexibility to farmers who face cash flow issues and to processors who are impacted by lost sales, the Farm Credit Canada.




Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) 

Provides simple and easy-to-access rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.




Regional Relief and Recovery Fund - Program Guidelines

RRRF, delivered by FedDev Ontario, will provide financial contributions (interest-free loans) to provide support to southern Ontario SMEs that do not qualify for or have been rejected from current, Government COVID relief measures.


Work Share (WS)

Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs.


Starting a Home-Based Food Business 

This is a step-by-step guide to starting a home-based food business. It also provides you with a brief overview of public health requirements.







Last updated December 22, 2020