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Applications now open for Ontario's Small Business Support Grant 

Province providing up to $20,000 for eligible businesses impacted by provincewide shutdown 

The information below was provided by Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett, but it applies province-wide and photography is identified specifically as one of the impacted businesses. 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Jan. 15, 2021 

SIMCOE — 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.  

The tightened restrictions were put in place to help stop the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in Ontario. 

“I strongly encourage all small business owners facing challenges because of the virus to apply for this grant,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “This money can be used in whatever manner makes the most sense for their operation.” 

"As Ontario's employers do their part to defeat COVID-19, they are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of this global pandemic," said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. "I encourage every eligible small business owner in Ontario to visit Ontario.ca/COVIDSupport to access the support our government has made available. While we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we can all look confidently to the future as we resolve to do our parts and put COVID-19 behind us."  

Small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant and use this funding in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business needs. For example, some businesses could need support paying employee wages, while others could need support with their rent.  

Eligible small businesses include those that: 

  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26. 
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level. 
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. 

    "Small businesses are the heart of Ontario's economy," said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will help thousands of small businesses get through this difficult time, while strengthening our province's economic recovery." 

    "As the son of two small business owners, I understand what small businesses mean to the families, employees, and local communities they support," said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. "Our hardworking businesses can be encouraged that the government's new Ontario Small Business Support Grant offers yet another helping hand that will give them the boost they need to meet the challenges of today and prepare for a brighter tomorrow." 

    Businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown are also eligible for additional supports, including the government's program to provide rebates to offset fixed costs such as property tax and energy bills. These rebates will continue to be available for businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown and earlier restrictions.  

    More information about the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and other rebates is available on Ontario.ca/COVIDsupport

Quick Facts 

  • The businesses must demonstrate they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20 per cent when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020. This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses.  
  • New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. They will be able to select alternative months for comparing revenue decline through the application portal. In addition, winter seasonal businesses, such as ski hills, will be permitted to compare revenue from December 2019 or January 2020 to December 2020. 
  • The 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover outlined more than $13.5 billion in support for people and jobs. The government is also investing $4.8 billion to address critical areas to support a strong long-term recovery that helps workers, employers and communities get back on their feet, while building the foundation for recovery and growth. 

Additional Resources 

PPOC-ON / Welcome to PPOC Ontario

We are so happy you decided to join us! As a member, you and your business will benefit from a multitude of opportunities exclusive to PPOC members! Be sure to mark your calendar for various educational events where you will learn, and meet and form new friendships with fellow professional photographers willing to share and help you with your journey.

The more you are involved in all PPOC has to offer, the more you will improve and grow! One of PPOC's many benefits is the Mentorship program where new Aspiring Members can sign up as a Protege and be matched up with a Mentor. Your Mentor will help explain how to get the most out of your PPOC membership and assist in navigating toward Accreditation and other goals.

Sit back, relax, and take some time to look through our regional pages to find out more about Ontario’s upcoming events and local members. The main pages of the PPOC website are where you will find information regarding member benefits, Accreditation, national image salon competition and photographic designations.

We look forward to seeing you at events and introducing you to photographers in your area.

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The PPOC maintains both a public page and a members-only page on Facebook.  The public page highlights members' work by publishing images accepted into the National Image Salon several time a week.  A great place to see what your colleagues are doing and to draw inspiration from their work.  Visit the National public page here: PPOC National Public Page

The National members-only page is a great place to connect with other members and to ask for advice or help, or to post information that would be of interest to others.  Visit the National members-only page here: PPOC National Members-Only Page

The Ontario Region also has a presence on Facebook with a members-only Facebook page and there are also a number of PPOC-ON Regional Branch Specific Facebook Groups. These groups help you connect with PPOC members in your area, and find out about local branch events throughout the year. You can find the PPOC-ON Region and Branch Facebook Groups here:

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