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​To find grants and funding programs, Innovation Canada's online search tool allows companies to search for relevant funding.

​Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

Support for a Canadian or provincially incorporated business, co-operative or an Indigenous-owned business located in southern Ontario with 1 to 499 full-time equivalent employees. Interest-free loans of up to $40,000 are available and funds are administered by Simcoe County CFDCs:

​Should you be interested in a loan of ​more than $40,000 and meet the eligibility criteria outlined on FedDev Ontario’s website, you may wish to apply to FedDev Ontario.

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF)​

A business expansion funding program for large-scale project. It that incentivizes companies to invest in new facilities and equipment. It attracts projects that have a significant impact on business productivity and create new employment opportunities within the company.

To qualify for SWODF funding, Southwestern Ontario businesses must provide a minimum investment of $500,000, have at least 10 employees at the time of application, and commit to creating at least five jobs during the project. 

SWODF will fund up to 15% of project costs. Rolling application deadlines.

Canada Emergency Business Account

Interest-free loans of up to $60,000 to all businesses and not-for-profits to help cover their operating costs during a period where revenues have been temporarily reduced. Owner-operated small businesses that do not have a payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll​ are also eligible. Note: repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of up to $20,000.

Apply at https://ceba-cuec.ca

Cana​da Recovery Benefit

Income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period. If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

Apply at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit/crb-how-apply.html​

WILWorks - Student Wage Subsidy for Manufacturers​

The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) WILWorks program provides wage subsidies for student placements in manufacturing and related sectors (e.g. North American Industry Classification - NAICS codes 31-33). ​​The program is offered as part of the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP).

Subsidies are 75% of the cost of wages, up to a maximum of $7,500 per student placement.  Students can work from home and the program is in effect until March 31, 2021.

Apply at ​​​https://magnet.whoplusyou.com/lp/emctalent​.​​

BDC Small Business Loans ​

Loans of up to $100,000, repayable over 5 years that can be used to buy equipment, purchase extra software or hardware, apply for a patent, trademark or, other intellectual property protection.

Apply at ​​​www.bdc.ca/en/financing/business-loans/pages/small-business-loan.aspx​​.​

Digital Main Street Digital Transformation Grant​​

Providing main street businesses with Digital Transformation training and guidance and provide the opportunity for a grant of up to $2,500.More information here.​

Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant: PPE support​

A one-time grant of up to $1,000 to cover the cost of PPE purchased since March 17, 2020. To be eligible, your business must have 2 to 9 employees and be in one of the following sectors:

  • retail
  • accommodation and food services
  • repair and maintenance
  • personal and laundry services

Businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (in areas with modified Stage 2 restrictions or categorized as control or lockdown) can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs.

Eligible businesses could get rebates for:

  • municipal and education property taxes
  • energy costs, including electricity and natural gas (or where natural gas is not available, propane and heating oil)

Funding will cover the entire length of time that regionally targeted public health restrictions are in place.

Apply at www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/​

CanExport SMEs Fu​nding​

Small and medium sized companies may access up to $75,000 in funding to assist with international market development activities. ​Must be an incorporated legal entity or a limited liability partnership (LLP)​. 

With international travel restricted due to COVID-19, the CanExport SMEs program is pivoting to now help small businesses:

  • develop and expand their e-commerce presence by covering partial costs associated with online sales platforms and digital strategy consulting, as well as advertising and search engine optimization
  • attend virtual trade shows and other business-to-business events
  • navigate new COVID-19-related trade barriers by helping pay for new international market certifications and requirements

Find more information and apply here. 

Provides an up to 75% wage subsidy to employers who keep employees on their payroll and have suffered a decrease to gross revenues​. Available to businesses of all sizes, whether incorporated or unincorporated (i.e., individuals and partnerships), as well as non-profit organizations and charities for up to 12 weeks.

CEWS has been extended until June 2021! Apply at www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html.

Available to Canadian businessesnon-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The subsidy will be availble on a sliding scale to cover a portion of commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021

A maximum amount of 65% of eligible expenses​ will be covered for businesses that can demonstrate a revenue loss up until Dec 19, 2020. An additional top-up of 25% will be available to organizations temporarily shut donw by a mandatory public health order.  


For help navigating funding programs, contact edo@simc​oe.ca. The Simcoe EDO has also put together a reference document of Government S​upports for yo​ur Business​​​.

Training & Support

Digital Main Street & Beyond

To help businesses get online, FREE one-on-one training thoughout Simcoe County - not just those on main street. Find more information about the program here: Digital Main Street and Beyond Eligibility Criteria.pdf

To activate easy to use tools and programs such as website support, Shopify, Google My Business, Future Proof Main Street and social media businesses should contact:

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

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


HeyLocal is a Canadian marketplace that helps small and medium-sized businesses. Their mission is to offer a fully local online marketplace with the convenient shopping experience of retail giants, filled with great products sold by vendors within your community. Add your business to HeyLocal for free. ​​Learn more by visiting www.heylocal.ca​

For more information about Digital Main Street & Beyond and HeyLocal watch this 30 minute webinar​.

Ask an Expert Series

The "Ask an Expert" series helps businesses and individuals navigate information and get answers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ongoing series feature experts on topics like Health and Safety, HR, Accounting, Marketing, Business Planning, Legal, and Mental Health, to name a few. It is a partnership between the County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development. 

Learn more about upcoming sessions or watch recordings of previous sessions at www.simcoe.ca/askanexpert​​.

Mental Health Resources

​COVID-19 may cause increased stress and anxiety for businesses, employees, and the general public. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has put together a list of mental health resources to support you during these unprecedented times.

Learn more and stay up to date on these resources by visiting https://occ.ca/covid19-mentalhealthresources/​​.

Checklists for Reopening / Operating During COVID-19

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

Guides for Reopening / Operating During COVID-19

Federal Resources

Service Canada continues to provide critical services online and through their call centres during these extraordinary times, including a number of new virtual “e-services”. See details on virtual services.

​ Toll-free line for Ontario businesses with​​ questions : 1-888-444-3659 .





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 ques​tions 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.