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Ontario Small Business Support Grant - now open

Posted On: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. This provincial grant will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant - now open

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant will provide businesses with dollar for dollar funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown.


To receive the grant, a small business must:

  • Be required to close or restrict services subject to the Provincewide Shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline comparing April 2020 to April 2019 revenues (or alternate time periods for businesses that were not in operation in April 2019).

Businesses that are not eligible include those that were already required to close prior to the introduction of modified Stage 2 measures, and essential businesses permitted to operate with capacity restrictions (e.g., discount and big box stores selling groceries, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and beer, wine and liquor stores).

Apply Now
Application Guide

More Information

Financial Supports for Grey County Businesses – Updated Jan 14th, 2021
Ontario Regulation 82/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 1
Ontario Regulation 11/21: STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown

COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund Webinar - TODAY, Jan.14, 7 PM

There is still time to register! If you're a tourism business (defined below) looking for financial support for adapting to changes to your businesses, join us tonight. We'll go over the program, application process, and answer any questions you have. 
Register Now
  • Tourism Operators as defined by and according to Tourism HR Canada include: Accommodation (hotels, motels, resorts, campgrounds, and recreational vehicle facilities), Recreation and entertainment (zoos, museums, theatres, sports facilities, amusement parks, government parks, heritage sites, hunting, fishing or outdoor adventure outfitters, and casinos), Food and beverage services (restaurants from fast service to fine dining, as well as pubs, nightclubs, cruise ships, and convention centres); Travel services (retail travel agencies, wholesale tour companies, or corporate offices with their own booking divisions) and Transportation (companies that provide transport by air, land or water, and include airlines, bus companies, taxi companies, ferry services, and cruise ships).
  • Not for Profit Enterprises and Indigenous Organizations/Communities that support tourists 
  • Retail stores heavily dependent on tourism may also be considered

Grey County Business Support Line 

Do you need information or advice for about operating your business during COVID-19?

Call the Grey County Business Support Line. Our staff will be happy to assess your situation and help you connect with the right services for your needs. Calls are answered Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Call:  519-372-0219 ext.1270


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