• This program is currently closed.



Type of Program:



The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is intended to help small businesses (including sole proprietorships) in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under Ontario’s provincewide shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Comments on Funding:

Funding ranges from $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000.

When It Ends:



March 31, 2021


Applicant must be:

  • be an Ontario small business with a business number (a corporation, unincorporated business, partnership, charity, non-profit organization or any other type of entity operating a business in Ontario);
  • have been required to close or restrict services subject to the Provincewide Shutdown effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26;
  • have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level;
  • have experienced a minimum of 20% revenue decline comparing April 2020 to April 2019 revenues. New businesses established since April 2019 are also eligible provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Only businesses from the following list are eligible to apply for funding under this program:

  • before- and after- school programs;
  • campgrounds;
  • cannabis retail stores;
  • cell phone and computer providers & repairs;
  • community centres and multi-purpose facilities;
  • conference centres and convention centres;
  • day camps for children;
  • domestic services;
  • drive-in cinemas;
  • driving instruction;
  • facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms);
  • garden centres;
  • hardware stores (including Big Box stores) required to close for in-person shopping;
  • in person teaching and instruction;
  • media industries including film and television production (excluding radio/television broadcasting);
  • meeting or event space;
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attraction;
  • outdoor markets (excluding grocery);
  • outdoor sports and recreation facilities;
  • performing arts and cinemas;
  • personal care services relating to the hair or body (excluding oxygen bars);
  •  personal services;
  • pet/animal food and services;
  • photography services;
  • racing venues, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • rental and leasing services (including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental);
  • restaurants and bars;
  • retail required to close for in-person shopping;
  • safety, medical and assistive devices retail (excluding pharmacies);
  • shopping malls;
  • ski hills;
  • tour and guide services;
  • vehicle and equipment repair services;
  • veterinary services.

Businesses that are not eligible include:

  •  those that were already required to close prior to the introduction of modified Stage 2 measures on October 10, 2020; and 
  • essential businesses permitted to operate with capacity restrictions (e.g., discount and big box stores selling groceries, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and beer, wine and liquor stores).

Applications Steps:


have a business number before they can proceed with their application;


have information about the revenue decline and number of employees available and would have to attest to the information provided in their application;


complete the eligibility questionnaire;


complete and submit the application form, providing the eligibility criteria are met.

Once the application is successfully submitted an eligible business can expect to receive payment within approximately 10 business days. Applicants will be able to complete a single form to apply for any – or all – of these programs: PPE support, property tax rebates, energy cost rebates or the Ontario Small Business Support Grant.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must provide and attest to the following information: 

  1. 1
    legal business name;
  2. 2
    Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Business Number (If applicants do not have a CRA Business Number, they may apply for one here: Register for a business number or Canada Revenue Agency program accounts - Canada.ca);
  3. 3
    business type; 
  4. 4
    revenue figures;
  5. 5
    number of employees ;
  6. 6
    business’ bank account number - Name of financial institution - Address of financial institution - Financial institution number - Branch/Transit number - Account type.

Applications may be selected for audit and additional information and supporting documentation may be required to prove eligibility.

Other Things to Note:

Applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant closed on April 7, 2021.
Program no longer active in January 2022.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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