Government Support & News
CANADA DIGITAL ADOPTION PROGRAM
Through the Canada Digital Adoption Program, Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to assess their digital readiness and apply for grants and loans online. This funding helps businesses leverage e-commerce opportunities, upgrade or adopt digital technologies, and digitize operations to stay competitive and meet customers' needs in the digital marketplace. To learn more, click here.
Depending on your business size, specific needs, and goals, there are two different streams you can access for support:
- Stream 1: Grow Your Business Online, will assist business in e-commerce opportunities
- Stream 2: Boost Your Business Technology, will assist businesses with the development and implementation of digital adoption strategies
The Ontario government recently announced a $5 million investment over two years in a targeted program to help Indigenous, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs start or grow their business. Delivered through the Digital Mainstreet program, the Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) program is a comprehensive grant initiative to support the start or scale of business through business development training, culturally responsive support services and access to grant funding. To learn more, click here.
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ANNOUNCES $68.5 MILLION IN RELIEF SUPPORT FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO TOURISM SECTOR
The Government of Canada recently announced a total investment of $68.5 million through the Tourism Relief Fund for Indigenous Tourism Ontario and 11 Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) across southern Ontario. As part of this investment, 11 RTOs across southern Ontario will receive a combined investment of $65 million to distribute funding through non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000 to southern Ontario tourism-oriented businesses and organizations to innovate and invest in new and enhanced tourism experiences to attract visitors from within Canada and around the world.
With a $3.5 million direct investment to Indigenous tourism in Southern Ontario, ITO will provide non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000 to Indigenous businesses, not-for-profit organizations, Band Councils, and Indigenous communities to invest in new or enhanced tourism experiences, upgrade tourism assets, and attract domestic and international tourists. If your business or organization is 51% or more Indigenous-owned and controlled, visit ITO's Tourism Relief Fund webpage to learn more.
CANADIAN AGRICULTURAL PARTNERSHIP PRODUCTION INSURANCE COVERAGE
The governments of Canada and Ontario announced that Production Insurance coverage for on-farm labour disruptions due to COVID-19 has been extended for 2022, with the application deadline set to close on May 16, 2022. Introduced in 2020 to help farmers manage risks beyond their control, the coverage for 2022 will be the same as the coverage provided in the 2021 program year. To learn more, click here.