Explore current programs, funding and resources available to support business recovery. Information will be updated regularly as new details are released.
For a complete list of Government of Canada incentives for business, visit Support for Business.
Customer Support Measures to address economic uncertainty during the pandemic, including off-peak, time-of-use rates for small business 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Six-month payment deferrals for personal and small business mortgage payments, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund can help small businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. If awarded, a relief grant can be used for purchasing PPE, renovating physical space to adhere to reopening guidelines and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities.
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.
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.
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.
Explore tools available to help businesses better understand available programs and resources. Connect with business hotlines or reach out to the Halton Region Small Business Centre for one-on-one support.
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform. The new $57-million investment to the program includes:
Small businesses and artists can apply to the ShopHERE Program to have an online Shopify store created at no cost. Digital Main Street funding has been allocated to the Program to make selling online quick and easy for small businesses across Ontario.
The Digital Main Street Squad is a resource for small businesses to help build or enhance an online presence, promote products/services and sell online. This service is free for Oakville BIA members. For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access free online tools and webinars for small business in Ontario, visit Digital Main Street Events.
Distantly.ca, 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.
Deloitte has developed a tool to help small business owners find the right support and funding to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore the tool.
Halton's Small Business Centre will deliver services remotely, providing access to resources, tools, templates, and seminar registration.
Haltech is offering virtual office hours to help our clients manage in a time of rapid change and uncertainty. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the Haltech team will be available for virtual sessions along with featured advisors, guest speakers, and valuable updates.