Business Resources

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Find out if your business is eligible for grants to help with the cost of personal protective equipment (part of Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant), property taxes, energy bills and extra support if you have to close or significantly restrict services based on provincial public health measures.  Click here for more information on relief and eligibility.  To access the application for funding, click here.

Digital Main Street Program

Supporting the growth of Main Street businesses by making the adoption of digital tools and technologies easier (click here).

Digital Main Street Program includes Digital Service Squad (Offers one-to-one assistance to main street businesses with their adoption of technology – click here), ShopHERE (Get an online store for your business built for free – click here), Digital Ontario Grants (Learn digital skills and apply for a $2,500 grant for your business – click here), and FutureProof (Detailed deep dive to support business transformation – click here).  Learn more about Digital Main Street by visiting digitalmainstreet.ca.

With the Digital Main Street Future Proof Program, Windsor Essex small businesses and restaurants have access to the following programs and services:

  • ShopMyTown Connecting local vendors with new and existing customers who like to shop local – click here
  • Entrepreneurs on the Front Lines Providing free, tailored and on-demand support, programming and resources to business owners, entrepreneurs, and their staff with the goal of ensuring well-being is a priority – click here
  • In-Store Contact Tracing Through an innovative user-friendly contact tracing solution, businesses will be able to meet local public health requirements safely by improving the customer experience for in-store contact tracing – click here

Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund

The Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund (TEDRF) is an application-based, cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects that either: encourage the development of innovative new tourism products, support tourism investment, or build the capacity of Ontario’s tourism industry.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster

The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program supports costs related to hosting: major one-time events in Ontario, events that do not recur annually or biennially in Ontario, and national or international events in Ontario.


ACCESS TO RAPID TESTING KITS

Rapid Testing Kits Available for small & Medium Sized Windsor Essex Businesses

The Windsor-Essex Chamber, in partnership with WEtech Alliance, the Leamington District, Amherstburg and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Ontario and Canadian governments, launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative known as ‘WEStaySafe’. Through this initiative, they are distributing FREE rapid test kits for small-to-medium-sized businesses across Windsor and Essex County. Businesses (including non-Chamber Members) with 150 employees or less are welcome to order their tests by clicking here.

Rapid Testing Kits for Events in Windsor Essex

Audacia Bioscience provides COVID-19 testing and validation services for the restaurant, festival and event-based industries. Register your event with Audacia Bioscience and let us handle COVID-19 testing and vaccination validation for all your events, locations and parties – so you can focus on the important things. Mention that you heard about Audacia Bioscience through Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and receive a 10% discount. For more information, click here, call 226-400-0099 or email [email protected]

 


SAFE TRAVEL CERTIFICATION

Businesses can now get a self-certified Safe Travels Stamp based on worldwide industry protocols the World Travel & Tourism Council has put together for every aspect of the hospitality and tourism sector.

They have done this in conjunction with our industry, including the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO).  The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognize governments and companies around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols – so consumers can experience ‘Safe Travels’.

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island was the first DMO in Ontario to receive their Safe Travels stamp, and we encourage you to apply today for the opportunity to be engaged in this valuable visitor education program.

  • To apply, please click here.
  • For further guidelines, please click here.
  • For terms and conditions, please click here.
  • For more information on the program, please click here and for a list of approved Safe Travels Stamp applicants in Ontario, please click here.

RESOURCES AT A NATIONAL LEVEL

Federal Funding & Support Measures for Businesses

 

The Government of Canada is providing COVID-19 Resources for Business and a Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.


The Business Development Bank of Canada is providing federal and provincial support measures during the pandemic. Click here for more. Timely webinars assisting businesses to adapt and recover can be found here.


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has created the Canadian Business Resilience Network offering critical resources to assist businesses through the pandemic.

 

 

RESOURCES AT A PROVINCIAL LEVEL

Provincial Supports for Businesses

The Province of Ontario is offering Support for Businesses during the pandemic.

  • Click here to find out if your business is eligible for grants to help with the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) and your property taxes and energy bills.
  • Click here for recovery resources and supports for Ontario small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
  • Click here for the latest on the COVID-19 emergency status by the province.
  • Click here for the current plans to reopen Ontario after COVID-19.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is providing resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace. Please click any of the links below for downloadable files for your workplace, as they relate to the Tourism Industry.


The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is providing COVID-19 updates for the agri-food industry


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has created a COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness for Ontario Businesses


The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) is providing COVID-19 updates for BIAs across the province.


Destination Ontario has created an Impact Report updated as of August 24th, 2021.


Findings from TIAO’s Survey on the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant available here.


Support for not-for-profits, tourism and culture operators and sports organizations will be able to access government support of an additional $100 Million over the next two years imminently through the Community Building Fund. The Ontario Trillium Fund support can be found here.


The Government of Ontario’s Winery Agri-Tourism COVID-19 Relief Initiative is offering a one-time $10 million grant in 2021 to help wineries and cideries with on-site stores whose business were impacted by COVID-19 safety measures.  Please click here for more information.


 

When meetings, conferences & social events are safe to resume,  ORHMA has developed the Practical Guide for the Safe Reopening of Meeting and Events in Ontario to assist.

 

 

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