COVID-19 Resources

Need funding due to the impact of Covid-19 ?

Find available grants, funds and packages for individuals and businesses. We will update the page when there is new information.
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COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program – Small Business (CEAP-SB)

Government of Ontario, through CEAP-SB provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments
Credits of up to $850 toward electricity bill and up to $425 toward natural gas bill

Small business and registered charity customers may be eligible for up to $850 in support towards their electricity bill if they primarily use electricity for heating, or up to $425 otherwise. Small business and registered charity customers could also be eligible for up to $425 in support towards their natural gas bill.

You must apply for CEAP-SB through your utility or unit sub-meter provider.

Small business and registered charity electricity or natural gas customers are eligible for CEAP-SB if they meet these, and other, criteria:

  • The customer has an active account with an electricity distributor, a USMP or a natural gas distributor.
  • The customer’s account falls within the following class:
  • For customers of an electricity distributor, the General Service less than 50 kW rate class
  • For customers of a USMP, the relevant commercial class that uses less than 150,000 kWh of electricity annually
  • For customers of a natural gas distributor, is a non-residential customer that uses less than 50,000 cubic meters of gas annually

Customers may apply for CEAP-SB by email or by mail.  Some utilities and USMPs may also have the capability to allow their customers to apply online or by phone. Contact your utility or USMP to find out what options are available.

Taking applications for credits now.

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

Ontario Chamber of Commerce providing relief grant funding of up to $5,000 for Canadian small businesses
Grant funding of up to $5,000.

Relief grant funding to support Canadian small businesses. Relief grant can be used for COVID-19 recovery efforts including purchasing PPE, renovating physical spaces or developing e-commerce capabilities.

Applicants do not need to be a member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to qualify.

Scroll down the program details page to select your application region. https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund/

Applications currently being accepted.

RE3: Rebuild, Reopen, Revive

Non-repayable performance based contributions up to $5,000 to assist Southern Ontario women-led SMEs to rebuild, reopen and revive their businesses during COVID-19
$3,000–$5,000

WHAT QUALIFIES AS “WOMEN-LED” FOR THE PURPOSES OF APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY?

A woman is, or women are, driving the direction of the business (for a minimum of one year) as Founder, Co-Founder, CEO or C-Suite Executive (e.g. CTO, CFO, COO, etc.); and/or the business is owned by a woman or women (combined) that have majority ownership (a minimum of 51% equity stake).

WHAT TYPE OF WOMEN-LED SMES QUALIFY FOR THE PURPOSES OF APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY?

  • Small retail
  • Sole proprietor
  • Personal service industry

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITY

Eligible activities should support the reopening, rebuilding and revival of the business, such as:

  • Acquisition of required/mandated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Workspace reconfiguration to accommodate physical distancing
  • Hardware/software upgrades to enhance online capacity, client servicing and accessibility

Selected projects will be eligible for a one-time non-repayable performance-based contribution up to $5,000 on eligible expenses net of HST. The minimum supported project will not normally be less than $3,000. Upon request, an initial contribution advance will be considered to support eligible activity and pending the execution of an approved project Contribution Agreement. All projects will be subject to a 20% hold back until completion of the project and all Contribution Agreement requirements are met.

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is delivering the program across the Western Ontario region. Northumberland CFDC is delivering the program across the Eastern Ontario region. Please visit their website to apply if your business is located in a municipality outside of the Western Ontario region.

 

Applications being accepted now until all available funding awarded.

Canada Student Service Grant

Funding of qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates for volunteer opportunities that support not-for-profit organizations with flexible solutions to address COVID-19 response during summer 2020.
Students on summer service placement can earn $1,000–$5,000. Eligible not-for-profit and registered charities gain the value of contributions made by student volunteer(s).

If your not-for-profit organization or registered charity has an existing community of student volunteers that you would like to retain or have increase their time commitment to your cause this summer, you are urged to submit an application for the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) program.

Digitally savvy student volunteers can help your organization with:

  • Digital creative such as design, copywriting and social media.
  • Content and copy such as blogs, case studies and success stories.
  • Video and photography asset creation.
  • Online research and planning.

The CSSG can facilitate re-engagement of your student volunteers to help implement your programs that have been impacted by COVID-19 by:

  • Partnering to find COVID-19 safe, accessible ways to engage your student volunteers.
  • Providing formal recognition for student volunteers’ efforts upon completion.
  • Giving student volunteers the opportunity to earn a Canada Student Service Grant from $1,000 to $5,000.

Note: Grant money goes directly to the student.

The CSSG is in addition to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit ($1,250 monthly, or higher for students with disabilities or dependants).

Eligibility criteria:

An eligible placement opportunity must be with a not-for-profit organization, which includes non-profits and registered charities. Volunteer placements must:

  • Take place in Canada.
  • Be in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19.
  • Be a minimum of two hours a week for four weeks and run within the period from Thursday, June 25, 2020 until Saturday, October 31, 2020.
  • Adhere to public health regulations.
  • Provide a meaningful experience for student volunteers.
Placements must run now until October 31, 2020

Mitacs business recovery support

Mitacs funding initiative to support Canadian business recovery and undergraduate and graduate students
$10,000 for a 4-month project

Mitacs initiative to support Canadian businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. In partnership with participating Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Companies and NFPs will receive the support of undergraduate and graduate students to undertake a four-month project to help the company with its business operations as the economic recovery begins.

You get the knowledge and expertise from outstanding students in such fields as finance, marketing, social sciences and more, while students gain real-world experience.

  • $10K for a four-month project: the organization contributes only $2,500
  • Apply any time for multiple projects (only one intern per project)
  • Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2021
  • Open to all businesses and not-for-profit organizations

 

Available until January 31, 2021
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