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Ontario Grants Available - January 2021

handoutThere are three Ontario Grants available to Small Businesses.

  1. Ontario Small Business Support Grant
  2. Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  3. Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants 

The application closing date is March 31, 2021.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Province-wide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 percent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019.
  • New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.
  1. Ontario Small Business Support Grant - The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown.
  2. Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees.
  3. Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants for businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (modified Stage 2 restrictions) or, going forward, in areas categorized as control, Lockdown or Provincewide Shutdown). This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses with respect to property taxes and energy bills.

The following types of businesses are eligible for support due to Provincewide Shutdown:

  • Before- and after- school programs
  • Campgrounds
  • Cannabis retail stores
  • Cell phone and computer providers & repairs
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities
  • Conference centres and convention centres
  • Day camps for children
  • Domestic services
  • Drive-in cinemas
  • Driving instruction
  • Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and      gyms)
  • Garden centres
  • Hardware stores (including Big Box stores) required to close for in-person shopping
  • In-person teaching and instruction
  • Media industries including film and television production (excluding radio/television broadcasting)
  • Meeting or event space
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attraction
  • Outdoor markets (excluding grocery)
  • Outdoor sports and recreation facilities
  • Performing arts and cinemas
  • Personal care services relating to the hair or body (excluding oxygen bars)
  • Personal services
  • Pet/animal food and services
  • Photography services
  • Racing venues, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Rental and leasing services (including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental)
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Retail required to close for in-person shopping
  • Safety, medical and assistive devices retail (excluding pharmacies)
  • Shopping malls
  • Ski hills
  • Tour and guide services
  • Vehicle and equipment repair services
  • Veterinary services

If you qualify, here is the link to apply:

https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/

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