Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant – OPEN

Province Providing up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses Impacted by Provincewide Shutdown

The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December 2020, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown.

Small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant and use this funding in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business needs. For example, some businesses could need support paying employee wages, while others could need support with their rent.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide 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% 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


shopHERE Digital Main Street

shopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists in Markham with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away.

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of having an online presence to sell goods and services.

To address this need, Digital Main Street is collaborating with Google, Shopify, Mastercard and Microsoft to build and optimize stores for small independent businesses and artists in just a matter of days.

Click here for more information and to apply. 

City of Markham Tax & Fee Relief for Businesses

At a special Council meeting, the City of Markham approved property tax and fee relief measures to help businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information.

Provincial & Federal Support

Government of Ontario Financial Support for Businesses

Learn about changes to government programs and available supports as your business recovers from COVID-19.

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Government of Canada Financial Support for Businesses

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Click here to learn more.