Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

The government is announcing an Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant for small businesses that are subject to closure under the modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen.

What you’ll get

Eligible businesses that are part of the list below which were subject to closures as a result of the province’s move to the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen will receive a grant of $10,000.

Eligibility

To receive the grant, a small business identified from the eligible list below must:

  • be required to close due to public health orders that took effect 12:01 a.m. on January 5, 2022
  • have fewer than 100 employees as of December 31, 2021
  • be an active business as of January 14, 2022

Eligible businesses that previously qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will be pre-screened to verify eligibility and may need to provide some additional information but will not need to apply for the new program.

Newly established and newly eligible small businesses will need to apply once the application portal opens in the coming weeks. Small businesses that qualify can expect to receive their payment in early February.

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
  • performing arts venues 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
  • before- and after- school programs

How to apply

Applications for the Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant will be open in the coming weeks.

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program: applications now open

We are introducing the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program to support businesses that are most impacted by provincial public health measures in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

What you’ll get

Eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity will receive rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to these measures. Eligible businesses required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs, while businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs. Payments to eligible businesses will be retroactive to December 19, 2021 when public health measures were first effective.

Eligibility

Eligible businesses include:

  • restaurants and bars
  • personal care services (hair or body)
  • retailers (non-grocery, less than 50,000 sq ft)
  • small grocery stores (less than 5,000 sq ft)
  • gyms and other indoor sports and recreational facilities
  • places of worship
  • indoor meeting and event spaces
  • indoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • indoor portion of horse and car racing tracks
  • indoor museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
  • indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities
  • indoor business associated with tour and guide services
  • steam rooms and saunas
  • oxygen bars
  • bathhouses and sex clubs
  • indoor teaching and instruction centres
  • indoor driving instruction centres
  • day camps and overnight camps for children
  • before- and after-school programs
  • pet and veterinary services

Further details can be found in the program guide (PDF).

How to apply

Online applications for this program are now open. Apply now here.

Businesses will be required to submit proof of costs associated with property tax and energy bills as part of the application process.

If you have questions about the Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program, call ServiceOntario at 1-855-216-3090.

Improving cash flows for Ontario businesses

We are providing additional support to help improve cash flows for Ontario businesses by providing a six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This will:

  • support businesses in the immediate term while capacity restrictions are in place
  • provide the flexibility Ontario businesses will need for long-term planning

The six-month period started on January 1, 2022 and will end on July 1, 2022.

This measure will make available up to $7.5 billion in relief to help approximately 80,000 Ontario businesses. Businesses will have the option to delay their payments for the following provincially administered taxes:

  • Employer Health Tax
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Taxes
  • Tobacco Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax
  • Fuel Tax
  • International Fuel Tax Agreement
  • Gas Tax
  • Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts & Benefit Plans
  • Mining Tax
  • Race Tracks Tax

Property tax and energy cost rebates (October 2020 – July 2021): Program now closed

Applications for property tax and energy cost rebates in respect of October 2020 to July 2021 closed on July 30, 2021.

The property tax and energy cost rebates program provided support to businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. Eligible businesses were able to apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant: Applications now closed

Applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant closed on April 7, 2021.

The grant provided help to small businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant provided businesses with funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown.

On March 24, the government announced a second round of support through this grant. Small businesses who were determined as eligible recipients for the grant automatically received a second payment in an amount equal to the first payment they received. No additional application was required.

With this additional round of support, eligible businesses received a minimum of $20,000, up to a maximum of $40,000, over the two Ontario Small Business Support Grant payments. To be eligible, a business had to demonstrate they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20% when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020. This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses.

Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant: Applications now closed

Applications for the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant closed on July 9, 2021. Applications received before the deadline will be reviewed.

The Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant provided one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses in the tourism and travel sector.

Businesses that applied for the program before the deadline can check the status of their application online.

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