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

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund​ 

Opens Oct 26 and provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist business owners cover the costs of PPE, make physical modifications and enhance their digital or e-commerce capabilities. Apply at https://occ.ca/canada-united-small-business-relief-fund.

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 more than $40,000 and meet the eligibility criteria outlined on FedDev Ontario’s website, you may wish to apply to FedDev Ontario.

Canada Emergency Business Account

Interest-free loans of up to $40,000 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 25 percent (up to $10,000).

Apply at https://ceba-cuec.ca

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.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses

This program will lower rent by 75 percent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.  The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship.

Deadline to opt in for July, August, and September is October 30, 2020. Applications closed for April, May, and June.

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.

Note: A proposal has been made to continue the CEWS until June 2021, including possible changes to the rates and top-up calculation. Read the October 14 announcement and check back soon for details.


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 trhoughout Simcoe County - not just those on main street. 

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​​.

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 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.