Government of Ontario Programs
Ontario COVID Energy Assistance Program for Small Businesses and Registered Charities (CEAP-SB)
CEAP-SB provides a one time, on-bill credit for eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.
Eligibility requirements and credit amounts have changed. For eligibility requirements and an online application form:
Ontario Business Relief Programs
Find out if your business is eligible to recover costs for personal protective equipment (PPE) or for rebates to help with fixed costs, such as property tax and energy bills. Programs include:
Ontario Small Business Support Grants These grants help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown, effective December 26, 2020. Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grants provide businesses with funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown.
As of March 25, 2021, The Ontario government is providing additional support to eligible small businesses to help with the ongoing costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Confirmed eligible recipients of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will automatically receive a second payment equal to the amount of their first payment, for a minimum total support of $20,000 up to a maximum of $40,000. This support to help small business owners keep the doors open and workers employed is a part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy.
Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grants The government is introducing the new Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant.
Ontario Property and Tax Rebates All small businesses that are eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant are also eligible for these property tax and energy bill rebates.
Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support Ontario is helping businesses recover costs for personal protective equipment and providing extra support for businesses required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures.
Ontario Small Business Recovery Resources
Ontario's new Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network links 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres together to give small businesses and entrepreneurs the support they need to succeed, grow and create jobs. Get tailored advice, services, and programs.
Government of Canada Business Relief Programs
The Government of Canada has introduced the following programs to assist our business customers impacted by COVID restrictions:
Canada Emergency Business Account
CEBA requirements and deadlines have changed:
- As of December 4, 2020, CEBA loans for eligible businesses will increase from $40,000 to $60,000
- Applicants who have received the $40,000 CEBA loan may apply for the $20,000 expansion, which provides eligible businesses with an additional $20,000 in financing.
- All applicants have until March 31, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion.
- All applicants can now check the status of their CEBA Loan online at https://status-statut.ceba-cuec.ca/.
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy
On October 9, the Canadian government proposed the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to provide direct relief to businesses, non-profits, and charities that continue to be economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rent subsidy would be available retroactive to September 27, 2020, until June 2021.
Updated by ENWIN on January 29, 2021. Please check government websites for updates.