Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program | COVID-19 Funding Spotlight

Qualified small to medium-sized Canadian businesses can receive from $25,000 to $1 million in HASCAP loans, and larger organizations with multiple locations such as a chain of restaurants or hotels can receive up to $6.25 million in funding support.
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Seneca-TD collaboration extended to offer successful Career Recharge sessions through 2021

Seneca, with support from TD Bank Group, has extended its successful Career Recharge series of free upskilling sessions through 2021. These sessions aim to help mid-career professionals re-enter the workforce, advance in their field, change careers or start a new venture.
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York Region Business Update // February 2021

York Region Economic Development’s monthly e-newsletter shares highlights and news from the business community, small business supports, events, economic data, and more.

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Ontario Expands Eligibility for Main Street Relief Grant

The Ontario government is expanding the number of small businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relief Grant to help offset the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) to cautiously and gradually reopen in parts of the province. Small businesses with 2 to 19 employees in all eligible sectors

Ontario Small Business Support Grant | COVID-19 Funding Spotlight

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will grant small businesses between $10,000-$20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the provincewide lockdown.
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The Hardware Catalyst Initiative in York Region: Powering the Future of Canadian Hardware

The HCI, which launched in February 2020, is designed for start-ups that are building solutions for artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, wearable computing, 5G, and other transformative technologies.

Vaughan Headquartered Empire Communities Acquires North Carolina Builder

Vaughan, Ontario, Feb. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Empire Communities, one of North America’s largest privately held homebuilders, has acquired Shea Homes North Carolina, expanding its growing U.S. presence to include Charlotte, one of the fastest growing cities in America…
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2020 Look Back: Our Top 15 York Region Business Community News Stories

2020 was a challenging year for the business community, but there were still moments worth celebrating. Check out our Top 15 list.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Laipac Receives Clearance from Europe for their LooK SPOT COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test of 5 to 8 minutes

Richmond Hill, Canada, Jan. 19, 2021 — Laipac Technology Inc. a leader in the development of IoMT (Internet of Medical Things), today announced that their LooK SPOT COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test received CE IVD clearance for Europe.
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Applications Now Open for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Facedrive Health’s TraceSCAN Endorsed by LiUNA as the Wearable Contact-Tracing Solution of Choice

Facedrive Inc. , a Canadian “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem, is honored to announce that TraceSCAN, Facedrive Health’s proprietary contact-tracing solution, has been endorsed by Labourers’ International Union of North America (“LiUNA”) for implementation across its construction sites.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Cosmo Music and Efkay Musical Instruments Partner to Create Launch Music

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Jan. 13, 2021 /CNW/ – Canadian music instrument distributor, Efkay Musical Instruments Ltd and Richmond Hill-based music retail superstore, Cosmo Music are proud to announce a new alliance in the creation of Launch Music – a new logistics, distribution, and marketing company serving Canadian music instrument (MI) dealers and global MI brands with a full complement of music industry-based services.
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The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.
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Markham-based ventureLAB and Women of Influence Partner to Broaden Tech Network for Women Entrepreneurs

MARKHAM, Ontario — ventureLAB and Women of Influence are pleased to announce a new partnership to expand Tech Undivided, a ventureLAB initiative launched in early 2020 with a $1.7-million investment through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
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York Region Headquartered Monitio Essential Receives Health Canada Authorization for COVID-19 Medical Device

December 15, 2020 — Monitio Intelligence Inc., an AIH Technology Inc. subsidiary, received Health Canada authorization for Monitio Essential -Self Assessment Screening Station under the category of Medical Device for Use in Relation to COVID-19.
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Richmond Hill Headquartered Facedrive Health’s Contact-Tracing Technology TraceSCAN Secures Federal Certification

Facedrive Inc. a Canadian “people-and-planet first” tech ecosystem is pleased to announce that its contact-tracing platform TraceSCAN, a unique wearable technology developed by Facedrive’s Health division, has been authorized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
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Markham Headquartered Lind Equipment’s Apollo UVC LED System Scientifically Proven to Effectively Kill SARS-CoV-2

Lind Equipment announced their newly developed Apollo UVC LED system has been proven to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus — the first Canadian-designed UVC LED system proven effective.
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York Region-Made SARS-CoV-2 Detector from Vaughan Headquartered Kontrol Energy Set to Ship Worldwide

Dec. 8, 2020 – Kontrol Energy Corporation is set to ship its COVID-19 technology or BioCloud, to customers and distributors around the world. BioCloud is a real-time analyzer designed to detect airborne viruses, including SARS-COV-2, by continuously sampling air quality and triggering a silent, cloud-based alert to facility managers.