The Ontario government is also helping main street businesses stay open and stay safe by offering a grant of up to $1,000 for the costs of personal protective equipment (PPE), becoming available online on November 16th, 2020. Small businesses with two to nine employees in the retail accommodations and food services, repair and maintenance, and personal and laundry services sectors can apply for this one-time grant. Eligible businesses, whether applying for the Main Street Relief Grant for PPE or for property tax or energy rebates in affected regions will be able to do it all through one application on a new online portal. For more information, please visit ontario.ca/smallbusiness. https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs
Note – if you have applied to the Northern Ontario Recovery Program for PPE, you cannot request funding for the same items.
Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant: PPE support
To be eligible, your business must have two to nine employees and be in one of the following sectors:
• accommodation and food services
• repair and maintenance
• personal and laundry services
What you’ll get
Eligible small businesses will get one-time grants of up to $1,000.
What you’ll need to apply
You will need to submit receipts or proof of costs for PPE purchased since March 17, 2020. This includes:
• gloves, gowns, face shields, eye protection, masks, sanitizer, sanitizing wipes
• thermometers, temperature monitors or cameras
• physical changes, including the installation of hand sanitizer stations and plexiglass dividers
• signs to guide or inform customers and employees
Property tax and energy bill rebates
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.
Support is available for businesses that were required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial modified Stage 2 public health measures announced on October 9, 2020. Going forward, areas categorized as control or lockdown qualify.