Ontario Main Street Relief Grant Update: Expanding Eligibility for PPE

Published on February 18, 2021

The government is increasing the number of small businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relief Grant to help with the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) as more of them begin to cautiously and gradually reopen in parts of Ontario.

Small businesses with 2 to 19 employees in all eligible sectors – expanded from 2-9 employees – and those in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector can now apply for up to $1,000 in financial support.

Now that the province is moving to a strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework, this expansion will help up to 60,000 small businesses around the province prepare for a cautious and safe reopening with funding that helps cover the costs of PPE.

It’s another step we’re taking to help main street businesses stay safe, keep people employed, and continue contributing to our communities.

This one-time grant reimburses main street businesses for personal protective equipment (PPE) costs incurred since March 17, 2020. Eligible small businesses can now have 2 to 19 employees and be part of the following sectors:

  • retail trade;
  • accommodation and food services;
  • repair and maintenance;
  • personal and laundry services;
  • gyms and yoga studios; and
  • arts, entertainment, and recreation.

Small and main street businesses in these sectors have been significantly affected by COVID-19. They often require frequent, in-person contact with coworkers. And they generally have the least space to accommodate physical distancing, so they cannot function in a sustainable way without a steady supply of PPE.

Providing these businesses with a grant to help cover the cost of PPE – whether to install plexiglass or purchase a supply of gloves and masks – is helping to stabilize their cash flow, protect workers, and keep people from the community employed. Ontario remains committed to helping small businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to recover and rebuild.

We encourage small businesses to visit ontario.ca/smallbusiness to learn about the many supports available to them. These include grants of up to $20,000 through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, resources to build or expand small businesses’ online presence through Digital Main Street, tailored local support through the Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network, and financial advice. 

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