Another round of help for small business owners in Ontario.
The province is going to be introducing a $10,000 grant for eligible businesses that have been impacted by the latest round of COVID-19 restrictions.
“Our government understands that public health measures needed to blunt the spread of the Omicron variant are impacting the lives and livelihoods of small businesses, workers and families across Ontario,” stated Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy. “Since the first day of the pandemic, we have provided unprecedented levels of support to protect people, jobs and our economy. We will continue to deliver on that commitment.”
Small businesses will also be given additional electricity rate relief.
Eligible businesses that qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and are impacted by this closure will not be pre-screened to verify eligibility and will not need to apply to the new program.
Eligible small businesses include:
- Restaurants and bars;
- Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms);
- Performing arts and cinemas;
- Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
- Meeting or event spaces;
- Tour and guide services;
- Conference centres and convention centres;
- Driving instruction for individuals; and
- Before- and after- school programs.