Due to the devastating economic impact of COVID-19 on businesses in Ontario (most especially small businesses), the Canadian Government has introduced the Ontario Small Business Grant which is now open for application.
As of January 2021, the program has started to roll out in accepting applicants who need support in financially running their business.
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What is Small Business Grant Ontario
This is a type of relief option that will help Canadian business owners that are required to shut down or close their businesses under the Provincial shutdown effective 26th of December, 2020.
It is a type of funding to support business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown period which aims to stop the spread of the pandemic.
With this program, businesses can get funds starting at $10,000 up to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover the reduced revenue during the Provincial lockdown.
If you want to read more information about this government relief program for businesses, please click this link.
Who Is Eligible for The Ontario Small Business Grant?
To qualify for the grant, the small business must be in the following situation:
“be required to close or restrict services subject to the Province-wide Shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26”
“have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level”
“have experienced a minimum of 20 percent 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”
Who are not qualified:
- Small businesses that were shut down before the second wave lockdown.
- Essential businesses that are permitted to operate with strict health protocols and capacity restrictions.
- The business employs over 100 people.
How to Apply
The application for the Small Business Ontario Grants is now open for new and returning applicants.
Before you can proceed with your application, businesses must possess a Business Number. If you don’t have a Canada Business Number yet, you may contact CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) at 1-800-959-5525.
If you are a returning applicant, that means you:
- have started an application before but saved a draft version with the purpose to continue later.
- have already applied before and you want to make a follow-up or update your information.
You have the option to resume your application by entering the required information as follows:
- Authorization Number – Unique reference number sent to your business email address.
- CRA Business Number – 9-digit number
New Applicant? Click this link to get started with your Small Business Ontario Grants Application.
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