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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.

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

Helping small businesses with the unexpected costs of PPE

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.