Small business recovery resources

Learn about resources available for Ontario businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

For information on how we are helping businesses of all sizes, visit COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario.

Featured updates

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Read Ontario's small business strategy to learn about our long-term plan to help small businesses and entrepreneurs rebuild, reinvest and grow.

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Take your business online with a grant and free resources from Digital Main Street.

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Find Ontario PPE suppliers to get the equipment you need to help keep employees and customers safe.

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Upcoming funding: Later this fall, we're opening applications for the Main Street Recovery Grant to help eligible small businesses with 2-9 employees pay for PPE.

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Reopening guidance

Sector-specific resources

Get sector-specific resources to help prevent covid 19 in the workplace, including guidelines, posters and multilingual tip sheets.

Workplace safety plan

If you are an employer, learn about developing a workplace safety plan.

PPE suppliers

Access the Workplace PPE Supplier Directory to find supplies for your business.

Get local COVID-19 recovery support

Ontario's new Small Business covid 19 Recovery Network links 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres together to give small businesses and entrepreneurs the support they need to succeed, grow and create jobs.

Take your business digital

Get free resources to help grow your business. Digital Main Street connects you with programs to help you:

Learn about – and help us make – big changes

Learn how we’re cutting unnecessary red tape across government so businesses can spend less time on paperwork and more time creating jobs.

Read Ontario’s small business strategy to learn about our long-term plan to help small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed, grow and create jobs.

Learn how to request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your small business respond to covid 19.

Help other small and local businesses

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Encourage safe, local shopping

Download, print and display this poster (PDF) and encourage customers to shop locally while staying safe.

Help Ontarians find locally made products

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters' Ontario Made program is developing a consumer-focused website to help Ontarians find locally made products.

Manufacturers can register for the program's approved-product list and get a digital branded logo to add to your products and marketing materials.

Retailers can access promotional tools to help highlight your business and Ontario Made products.

Support local artists and tourism businesses

Ontario Live is a virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province.

Mental health and addictions supports

If you or your employees are feeling anxious, experiencing other mental health or addiction challenges, or you can’t access your regular in-person counselling support, there are services available online or by phone, including self-led support, peer support and internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy.

Find mental health support

If you are currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your current service provider, including community-based mental health and addictions agencies. Many of these providers are modifying their services to move towards virtual care, meeting clients by phone or secure video-conferencing.

Help stop the spread

Sell supplies and solve problems

If your small business or organization has products, services or solutions that can help support our response to covid 19, tell us through our Ontario Together initiative.

Show your commitment to safety

Consider making the POST Promise – a self-declaration that your business is working to help prevent the spread of covid 19 as restrictions ease. Once completed, you'll get tools to help educate employees on workplace safety. You can also display the POST Promise logo, which is a nationally recognized symbol of a business' commitment to doing their part.

Learn, train and get advice

Get local advice

Small Business Enterprise Centers offer new businesses with up to 10 employees the tailored support they need to succeed and grow.

Build new skills

If you or any of your employees have been laid off as a result of covid 19, we offer several skill-building programs to help Ontarians prepare for new jobs.

Get hands-on learning about exporting

Get hands-on, in-depth information and advice about exporting with:

  • one-on-one export advisory services
  • in-person and virtual business missions
  • meetings with foreign buyers, prospective partners, agents and distributors
  • webinars and workshops including:
    • how to prepare a pitch
    • cross-border e-commerce

Start and grow your small business

Visit our small business support page for general information and advice to run your small business.

Get help from Canada and national organizations

The Canadian government has made available supports for businesses, including links to resources specifically for small businesses and people who are self-employed.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses’ covid 19 Small Business Help Centre offers free tools and advice, as well as information specific to Ontario.

Retail Council of Canada’s Road to Retail Recovery Playbook includes resources on customer health and safety, employee wellbeing, retail operations, finances and more.

Supports for businesses of any size

Our covid 19: Support for businesses page includes many other business supports and resources including:

  • financial support
  • tax relief
  • guidance for employers