Business Support

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

Government of Canada

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

Province of Ontario

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Export Development Canada (EDC)

EDC Resources and Funding Programs

Oakville Hydro

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.

Mortgage Payment Deferral

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

NGen Strategic Supply Challenge

The Strategic Supply Challenge is aimed at developing sustainable and globally competitive manufacturing capabilities in Canada for products critical to fight COVID-19 and potentially other future contagious disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. NGen is looking for opportunities where companies can deploy advanced manufacturing capabilities to establish globally competitive and sustainable production systems in Canada.

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.

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.

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.

Digital Main Street Program

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:

ShopHERE Program

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.

Oakville’s Digital Main Street Squad

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 mary.vallee@oakville.ca.

To access free online tools and webinars for small business in Ontario, visit Digital Main Street Events.

DISTANTLY.CA: Support Small Business from a Distance

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.

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Deloitte's Small Business Relief Tool

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 Region Small Business Centre

Halton's Small Business Centre will deliver services remotely, providing access to resources, tools, templates, and seminar registration.

Haltech Regional Innovation Centre

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.

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