From the Official Media Release (pdf – 99KB):
The Province of Ontario partners with OBIAA to provide grants to help Ontario’s “main street” businesses go online.
Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) announced today the official launch of Digital Main Street’s exciting Grants Program across Ontario at Shopify’s Ottawa headquarters. Coinciding with Canada’s Small Business Month, the event kicks off the availability of Digital Main Street Grants Program, which provides funding to qualifying small “main street” businesses and community business groups to enhance online promotion, selling and operations.
There are two types of grants that will be available:
1. Digital Transformation Grant: There will be 2,000 grants of $2,500 each available to qualifying small “main street” businesses to help them adopt new digital technologies.
2. Digital Service Squad Grant: There will be 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying municipal or business groups to develop and implement local squads of digital vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.
Applicants will access the grant process through the Grant Program Portal, which will be available on October 15 on the Digital Main Street website at www.digitalmainstreet.ca/grants
Executive Director Ontario BIA Association