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Find the support you need for your business​

Click here to answer questions and receive a personalized list of government supports

Our team has put together a reference document of Government S​upports for yo​ur Business​​

Business Resilience Service​ allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty.


Post Pandemic Checklists

Federal Resources

Provincial Resources




Industry Discussion Forums ​


​​Search relevant funding and financing opportunities for your business with Innovation Canada ​

Digital Service Squads

Digital Service Squads help businesses a​chieve digital transformation by providing FREE one-on-one training to Simcoe County ​​businesses to activate free and easy to use tools such as Shopify, Google My Business and social media. A com​plete list of eligibility criteria can be found here​. 

To sign up for Digital Service Squad assistance:

B​usinesses in the Townships of Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Ramara, Severn,​ Tay and the Towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Innisfil and Midland should contact the Small Business Enterprise Centre​ of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia at 705-720-2445 or digitalsquad@barrie.ca.  

Businesses in the Townships of Adjala-Tosorontio, Essa, Clearview, and Tiny and the Towns of Collingwood, New Tecumseth, Wasaga Beach and Penetanguishene should call the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre on 705-446-3355 or email them at digitalmainst@collingwood.ca.​​

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Businesses in the County of Simcoe can now apply for funding under new initiative called the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). The RRRF will support small and medium sized businesses that do not qualify for or have not been able to receive funding from current Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures.  

In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities in the County of Simcoe, local CFDCs will administer the funding and focus on assisting “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to our communities, with interest-free loans up to $40,000. Support is available to businesses operated by sole-proprietors, corporations and partnerships.  

Staff at the local Community Futures offices are here to walk you through the application process. Please visit your local CFDC’s website for more information on eligibility and the application process. 

Centre for Business and Economic Development - Servicing Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview   

Nottawasaga Community Futures Development Corporation - Servicing Innisfil, New Tecumseh, Bradford West-Gwillimbury, Adjala-Tosorontio and Essa  

North Simcoe Community Futures - Servicing Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay and Springwater  

Community Development Corp. (CDC) - Servicing Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn 

​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. 


RTO7 ​Partnership Program​ ​​- funding to support​​ tourism businesses and organizations in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe County.

RTO7 Has Funds to Help Tourism Operators with PPE Expenses 

RE3: Rebuild, Reopen, Revive​ Program ​​​to assist Southern Ontario women-led SMEs 

Questions about navigating funding? Contact us at edo@simcoe.ca 


Pos​t Pandemic Business Resumption Checklists

Self-assessment tools designed to help businesses identify gaps and risks, as well as potential approaches so they can safely resume operations.

Businesses Operating Through the Pandemic checklist here 
Businesses Returning to the Workplace after Working remotely checklist here 
Businesses Returning after Shutdown of Operations checklist here ​
Pathogen Decontamination checklist​ - provides guidance to businesses as they prepare their facilities for a return to regular business operations


Federal Resources 

​ Toll-free line1-888-444-3659 for Ontario businesses with​​ questions​ about ​the order to close at risk workplaces.  






Visit Experience Simcoe​ for a directory of local producers, restaurants, retailers and more that have pivoted their businesses to offer products and services during this challenging time. 

Industry Discussion Forums ​

  • The Simcoe Entrepreneur Network is a network of community partners within the Simcoe County Entrepreneurship Ecosystem that works together towards improving the communication, collaboration, and consolidation of resources available to better serve entrepreneurs. Join the Simcoe Entrepreneur Network groups on LinkedIn and Facebook​ to connect with local entrepreneurs, ask questions and share resources and advice to help support each other through the COVID crisis.
  • Barrie Manufacturing Portal - a private forum open to Simcoe County manufacturers to share best practices and ideas. Contact edo@simcoe.ca to register. 
  • The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)​ has a "Member Needs Help" service to ask questions and share information. This is now open to members and non-members through the pandemic.