Comments on Funding:
Funding will take the form of a rebate and will cover:
- 50% of the property tax and energy costs businesses incur while required to reduce capacity to 50% due to the public health measures in response to the Omicron variant;
- 100% of the property tax and energy costs businesses incur while required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms.
Applicants must be businesses that meet the following criteria:
Landlords are not eligible for this program unless they own or operate an eligible business.
The following types of businesses are eligible for support:
The first step is to complete the eligibility checklist to find out if they qualify for the Property Tax Component and/or the Energy Cost Component.
Applicants must submit:
- photograph of the exterior of the business. One can only upload one file to the system. Maximum file size is 6 MB. Allowed file types: JPG, PNG or PDF.
- a void cheque which needs to show either the legal business name or operating business name of the business.
- property tax and energy bills as follows:
- for the property tax component, submit a digital copy of the 2021 final commercial (non-residential) property tax bill or proof of costs associated with 2021 annual property taxes; and
- for the energy costs component, submit a digital copy of all pages of the energy bill(s) (i.e., electricity, natural gas, propane and/or heating oil) received on or after the day the business became subject to a provincially-mandated capacity limit of 50% or lower (for example, on or after December 19, 2021 for a restaurant business). Partial bills will not be accepted.
Other Things to Note:
Online applications for this program opened in mid-January 2022. Payments to eligible businesses are retroactive to December 19, 2021.