New program helps Orillia businesses adapt to online sales and services

Orillia Online initiative helps businesses navigate increases demand for online services

The City Of Orillia is offering a hand to local businesses with how to navigate online sales.

The City’s Economic Recovery Task Force (ERTF) has launched the Orillia Online initiative to help businesses adapt to the demand for online sales.

Mayor Steve Clarke says businesses have seen an increase in the need for online sales and services during the pandemic.

The Orillia Online initiative will help local businesses move online by expanding access to grant funding, providing additional educational webinars to teach businesses how to get into e-commerce, and the development of new digital “how-to” guides for online shopping.

The ERTF will also be exploring the potential to deliver loans and grants to assist businesses with costs related to e-commerce, such as website fees, photography, and consultation.

Ted Emond, Chair of the ERTF says this will not only help businesses survive now, but will allow businesses to service a larger online audience beyond their “bricks and mortar” storefront. 

For more information about the ERTF and initiatives such as Orillia Online, visit

feature image Nicole Birch, owner of Studio Eleven in Downtown Orillia. Courtesy on City Of Orillia