Relief Programs

Explore current programs, funding and resources available to support business recovery. Information is updated regularly as new details are released.


Top Programs

Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)

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Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

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Highly Affected Sectors Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee

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Digital Main Street Grant Program

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Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund

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Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

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Skills Development Fund

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Full listing of Relief Programs

Government of Canada

For a complete list of Government of Canada incentives for business, visit Support for Business.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Mortgage Payment Deferral

Six-month payment deferrals for personal and small business mortgage payments, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Shopify Capital

Shopify expands capital lending program to help Canadian merchants weather COVID-19. Merchants on the platform can qualify for funding from $200 to $500,000.

Oakville Chamber of Commerce

The Town of Oakville and Oakville Chamber have partnered to provide free self-screening kits to small and medium-sized Oakville businesses with up to 150 employees.

How to place your order:

  1. Fill out the Calendly form “Order Self-Screening Kits
  2. Once an order is received and packaged you will be notified by the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. Please do not visit the pick-up site (193 Church Street) until your pick-up time has been scheduled.
  3. Each company should assign a Screening Supervisor Designate, who will be the contact person.
  4. If you have multiple businesses, please fill out one form per business.

Province of Ontario

  • Tackling the Barriers: Request a temporary rule or regulation change
  • Support Ontario Made: Free program for all manufacturers in Ontario to raise awareness about their locally built goods 
  • Workplace safety plan builder: Free tool that will help you use current public health and workplace health and safety information to develop your COVID-19 safety plan.

Government of Canada

Free Online Tools

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of having an online presence. The Town of Oakville has partnered with Digital Main Street and Ritual ONE to help main street businesses grow operations online.

Get started Support Small Business from a Distance, an online donation platform for small business, is now available in Oakville. The application is easy to use and secure, and allows the community to make a direct donation to your business to help lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As main street businesses are faced with unprecedented financial challenges, Distantly provides a creative solution to help businesses survive the pandemic. Read the News Release.

Toronto Region Board of Trade

The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is an immersive online workshop program that connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship and practical advice about modernization and transformation. It is completely free for businesses and supports firms of any size across Ontario. Businesses don’t have to be Oakville Chamber of Commerce members, but need to be sure to indicate the Oakville Chamber as the nominating Chamber to support the application.

Trade Commissioner Service

Canada is committed to supporting Canadian exporters and the free flow of essential goods and services across international borders. Explore information related to COVID‑19 and Canada's international trade.

Canadian Technology Accelerators: initiative to help Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service explore opportunities in foreign markets.

Information Resources

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Halton Region

Halton Region Small Business Centre provides COVID-19 resources for businesses. Consultants are available to help you navigate relief programs through one-on-one virtual meetings. 

Contact the Small Business Centre to ensure you’re tapping into all available business supports.



Province of Ontario

The COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario page highlights changes to government programs and available supports as your business recovers from COVID-19.

To speak with the province directly, please call the business information hotline, 1-888-444-3659.

Government of Canada

The Managing your business during COVID-19 page features economic and financial support. Businesses can also download the Canada Business App for more information.

To connect with Service Canada, please email Oakville Representatives T-Jay Dussome or Manpreet Kalirai.

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