Small Business Recovery Support Program

Serving the northern six York Region municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
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The deadline to apply for this program has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. We anticipate future programs to be launched later this year. Subscribe to our e-newsletter to be the first to know and stay up-to-date on announcements, and you can also find other supports on our COVID-19 business resource page.

How It Works

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 receive a grant of up to $5,000*
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Eligibility

  • Operating a brick and mortar business
  • Have not received a Starter Company or Starter Company Plus grant in the past
  • For-profit business located in Aurora or East Gwillimbury
  • Not a commission based business or a franchise
  • Not a not-for-profit or charitable enterprise
  • Businesses must have been operating between one and five years
  • Demonstrate a 30% reduction in revenue for the equivalent month in the previous year
  • Can demonstrate 25% cash or equivalent commitment to the business in the amount of $1,250
  • Prepared to commit to monthly mentorship requirements for one hour a month for a minimum of three months
  • Prepared to commit to the business training components of the program – 2 hours a week for 6 weeks

If approved for the grant, the eligible uses of funds include:

  • Investments in development of new products or revenue streams
  • Investments in enhancing digital presence of business (ie. executing digital marketing strategies, improvements or development of website)
  • Hiring new employees

Funds from the program grant cannot be used:

  • For the purchase or lease of a vehicle
  • To service existing debts
  • To make rent payments
  • To cover general operating expenses

* 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.