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COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Information on Provincewide COVID-19 Lockdown

Information about the provincial lockdown measures which come into effect on December 26 at 12:01am.

Detailed list of what sectors are permitted to remain open, limited or closed.

For more information about the Ontario Small Business Support Program.

Federal Business Support

Government of Canada COVID-19 Financial Assistance (website)
Business Benfits Finder (website)

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

UPDATE:   As of December 4, 2020, CEBA loans for eligible businesses will increase from $40,000 to $60,000.
Applicants who have received the $40,000 CEBA loan may apply for the $20,000 expansion, which provides eligible businesses with an additional $20,000 in financing.  All applicants have until March 31, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund 
Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) Fact Sheet

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) 
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Canada United Small Business Fund 
Business Credit Availability Program 

Provincial Business Support 

COVID-19 in Ontario (website)

Ontario Small Business Recovery Resources (website)

NEW Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant provides businesses with funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown. Media Release

Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) $1000 available for businesses 1 - 9 employees.
Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants (for business based on control group status)

Local Business Support Agencies and Resources

Invest Renfrew County (website)
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (website)

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) New money announced
Nov. 23, 2020 Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation has an additional $1,500,000 available in RRRF funding to distribute to eligible local businesses. In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities we serve, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation is focusing on assisting a range of businesses in our region with loans up to $40,000. Please visit their website for more information on eligibility and the application process.
Should you be interested in a loan of $40,000 or more and meet the eligibility criteria outlined on FedDev Ontario’s website, you may wish to apply to FedDev Ontario.

Enterprise Renfrew County (website) 

Business Support Information and Resources

Canadian Business Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resilience (website)
Ontario Chamber of Commerce (website)  Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) (website)
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters COVID-19 Resources (website)
Retail Council of Canada COVID-19 (website)
Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO)

Tourism Recovery and Innovation Program (TRIP)  New money announced 
Developed in partnership with Ottawa Tourism, TRIP – Capital Projects program is geared specifically to tourism-dependent small to medium businesses and provides non-repayable funding up to 80% of eligible expenses incurred to modify operations to a maximum of $20,000. This program was created to offset costs related to one-time modifications and/or re-opening costs, implementation of health and safety protocols, and digitization measures.

Applications to this new funding stream will be accepted beginning Jan. 15, 2021 and will continue on an ongoing basis until Dec. 31, 2021, or until funds are depleted. Priority status will be given to eligible businesses who apply by Thursday, Jan. 31, 2021.

Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA)