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Ontario COVID-19 Relief

January 21, 2021

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Applications are open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant (up to $20,000), which helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Eligibility

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

    • 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. New businesses established since     April 2019 are also eligible provided they meet the other eligibility criteria

If you meet the eligibility criteria apply for this grant here:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs#section-4


November 23, 2020

Funding Available:

    1. 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. Provides a rebate to eligible businesses in respect of property taxes and energy bills.

    2. Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees

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


Property Tax and Energy Bill Rebates

Eligibility

Support is available for businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial modified Stage 2 public health measures announced on October 9, 2020. Going forward, areas categorized as control or lockdown qualify.

- Types of businesses that are eligible for support include:

    • restaurants and bars

    • gyms, facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities

    • performing arts and cinemas

    • bingo halls, gaming establishments, casinos, conference centres and convention centres

    • community centres, multi-purpose facilities, and museums

    • personal care services (with the exception of oxygen bars)

    • racing venues

    • meeting or event space

    • in-person teaching and instruction

- Additional businesses that would become eligible if a region is in lockdown include:

    • retail required to close for in-person shopping

    • shopping malls

    • personal services

    • driving instruction

    • tour and guide services

    • photography services

    • campgrounds

- Businesses will not be eligible if they are:

    • located outside provincial modified Stage 2 or control and lockdown regions

    • within the areas subject to public health restrictions, but were not required to close or significantly restrict services

    • owned by the federal, provincial, or a municipal government, or by a person holding federal or provincial office


What you’ll get

- Eligible businesses could get rebates for:

    • municipal and education property taxes

    • energy costs, including electricity and natural gas (or where natural gas is not available, propane and heating oil)

- Funding will cover the entire length of time that regionally targeted public health restrictions are in place.


What you’ll need to apply

To apply, you will have to submit proof of costs.

    • For property tax rebates, this includes your property tax bills

    • For energy cost rebates, this includes a digital copy of the first energy bill (including electricity, natural gas, propane or other) you received on or after the day         Stage 2 restrictions were put in place in your region. You can also submit other energy bills if your business is heated by propane or heating oil.


Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant

Eligibility

To be eligible, your business must have two to nine employees and be in one of the following sectors:

    • retail

    • accommodation and food services

    • repair and maintenance

    • personal and laundry services

What you’ll get: one-time grants of up to $1,000.

What you’ll need to apply

You will need to submit receipts or proof of costs for PPE purchased since March 17, 2020. This includes:

    • gloves, gowns, face shields, eye protection, masks, sanitizer, sanitizing wipes

    • thermometers, temperature monitors or cameras

    • physical changes, including the installation of hand sanitizer stations and plexiglass dividers

    • signs to guide or inform customers and employees


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