Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Support Program

Program update

The York Small Business Enterprise Centre has opened the York Region COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Support Program for a second round of applications. The funding for this program, provided by The Regional Municipality of York, has been distributed throughout the region’s nine cities and towns in different ways as a result of a Regional Council decision made on June 25, 2020:

  • If your business is located within the Towns of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina or Newmarket, you can apply directly through this webpage.
  • If your business is located within the Cities of Markham. Richmond Hill or Vaughan, please reach out to their respective Small Business Enterprise Centres for a range of programs and support.
  • If your business is located within the Township of King or the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, please reach out to their Economic Development Offices for more information.

Our core services remain available to all businesses in York Region.

York Region COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program

Are you an existing business with a brick and mortar location? Was your business affected by COVID-19 and is experiencing a loss in revenue? The York Region COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Support Program (BRSP) is here to help.

The program provides free training and mentoring opportunities to help local businesses adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, it will also offer grants of up to $5,000 to help businesses adopt new tools, increase their online presence and implement your new business strategy.

What you can receive:

  • Mentoring with a successful local entrepreneur
  • Business training on topics ranging from creating and re-evaluating your brand, how can you effectively sell in this digital age, and COVID-19 recovery support
  • Free business advisory services
  • Business workshops and valuable networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5,000*

Eligibility:

  • Have not received a Starter Company or Starter Company Plus grant in the past
  • For-profit business located in Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina or Newmarket
  • Businesses must have been operating between one and five years
  • Demonstrate a 30% reduction in revenue for the equivalent month in the previous year
  • Operating a brick and mortar business
  • Affected by COVID-19 and experiencing a loss in revenue

Check out our eligibility checklist for a full list of criteria.

* The funding is considered taxable under the Canada and Ontario Income Tax Acts. A T4A slip will be issued to the recipient of the funding.


Application

Fill out the form below and a member of the York Small Business Enterprise Centre will reach out and begin your application process. The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, September 30, 2020.

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For more information on this program, or if you’re having trouble with the form, please email ysbec@york.ca

The York Region COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Support Program is funded by Starter Company Plus, a Provincial entrepreneurship program that supports the establishment or expansion of small businesses. We thank the Province of Ontario for their support.

 



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