Learn about resources available for Ontario businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Additional help is available for businesses of all sizes.
Reopening and operating safely
We’ve provided resources to help you understand the requirements and best practices for workplace safety. These actions can help you comply with the rules and keep operating safely.
Your organization can now conduct rapid testing on-site as an additional screening method that can help stop the spread of covid 19. Free test kits are available through the Provincial Antigen Screening Program, which has expanded to include more essential sectors.Learn about testing and program eligibility
In addition, the Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, has launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative for small and medium-sized businesses across the province.
To contact participating local chambers of commerce and boards of trade about the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative, visit the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Get local COVID-19 recovery support
Ontario's 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.
Get tailored advice, services, and programs virtually.
Take your business digital
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
Help small businesses regain lost revenues from COVID-19.
How to support local businesses
- order for takeout or delivery
- use curbside pick-up
- shop safely in-person where you can
- buy gift cards
Businesses that are open for in-store shopping and curbside pick-up have put in place best practices to keep shoppers safe.
Contact your local Business Improvement Area Association (BIA) to learn more about the small businesses in your community.
Check with your local public health unit or municipality for additional information or restrictions. Advice may vary by the zone a public health unit is in and can change based on public health trends.
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
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. 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 free financial advice
Through Advocis Connect, small businesses can get free advice from financial advisors on responding to and recovering from COVID-19.
Learn about financial planning and cash management
Learn about pandemic recovery, cash management, financial planning, and risk management through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s small business web portal.
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
Get help from Canada and other organizations
Find out how your small business or registered charity can get a one time, on-bill credit to help catch up on energy bills through the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program – Small Business.
The Canadian government has made available supports for businesses, including links to resources specifically for small businesses and people who are self-employed.
Retail Council of Canada’s Road to Retail Recovery Playbook includes resources on customer health and safety, employee wellbeing, retail operations, finances and more.
The Office of the Employer Adviser provides free and confidential support to employers that need help with Workplace Safety Insurance Board issues.
Learn more about the Small Business Lighting program, which provides up to $2,000 in incentives for eligible energy-efficient lighting upgrades.