Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Support Program

Program update

Applications for the first round have now closed. The second round will be opening for applications shortly. Please subscribe to the YSBEC Newsletter to be among the first to know.

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 experiencing a loss in revenue? The York Region Small Business Recovery Support Program is here to help with your business recovery.

The Regional Municipality of York has launched a new program to support the business community. The York Region COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Support Program (BRSP) 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 $3,500 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 $3,500*


  • Have not received a Starter Company or Starter Company Plus grant in the past
  • For-profit business located in the northern six communities of York Region (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket, Whitchurch-Stouffville)
  • Businesses must be in operation for minimum 12 months and generating revenue
  • 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.

For more information on this program, or if you’re having trouble with the form, please email

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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