Smith encourages business owners to apply for Ontario Small Business Support Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2021

Eligible businesses could receive $10,000-$20,000

BAY OF QUINTE - Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, is encouraging businesses negatively impacted through the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant.

The grant, first announced last month, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict operations due to a province-wide shutdown enacted to stop an alarming rise of COVID-19 that could threaten health-care system capacity.

“We’ve asked our business owners to make sacrifices in the interest of protecting the public’s health and safety during the global pandemic,” said Smith. “Our government must do what it can to support these businesses through this challenging time. I’m pleased to see the portal is now open at ontario.ca/covidsupport and I encourage small business owners to visit, learn about the funding available, and apply.”

Small businesses who have been required to close or significantly restrict their services under the current province-wide shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant.  They will be able to determine the best use of the funding, whether it be used to pay for employee wages, rent, inventory, or promotions and logistics.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the province-wide shutdown imposed across the province as of 12:01 a.m. Dec. 26.
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.
  • Have experienced a minimum 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 other eligibility criteria.

 

Businesses that were required to close prior to the introduction of the province-wide shutdown and businesses currently permitted to open for in-person retailing with capacity restrictions will not be eligible.

Smith indicated businesses impacted by the province-wide shutdown are are also eligible for additional supports, including the government’s program to provide rebates to offset fixed costs such as property taxes and energy bills.  

Ontario is also providing a range of free digital counselling and technical support through its Digital Main Street program (digitalmainstreet.ca) and a one-time grant for businesses in eligible sectors with fewer than 10 employees to offset unexpected personal protective equipment costs.

The new support for Ontario’s small businesses is part of the more than $13.5 billion allocated in supports for people and jobs outlined in the 2020 budget Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, and Recover (budget.ontario.ca).

“Small businesses are the heart of Ontario’s economy,” added Vic Fedeli, the Province’s 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.”

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Ontario providing public transit funding for three Bay of Quinte communities

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – Ontario is providing $1,466,200 in funding to three local municipalities under the Province’s Gas Tax Program, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

As part of a $375-million provincial program, the City of Belleville will receive $835,335, the City of Quinte West will receive $541,241, and Prince Edward County will receive $89,625. Two cents from every litre of gasoline sold in Ontario is dedicated to the program and allocations are determined by a formula that weighs ridership and municipal population.

“This is excellent news for these three Bay of Quinte municipalities and the residents who rely on transit to access services and employment,” said Smith. “This funding will make necessary travel easier and, in turn, that will support economic recovery in our region.”

The funding can be used to extend transit service hours, buy new vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure. Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, said the money will flow early in 2021 to 109 municipalities delivering public transit in 144 communities.

“Our government is committed to helping municipalities sustain and improve public transit throughout the province,” said Mulroney. “Supporting transit systems is more important than ever as municipalities across Ontario struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help ensure people have access to safe, reliable transportation to get to work or puck up essential items like a prescription.”

Last July, Ontario also provided up to $2 billion from the provincial and federal governments under the Safe Restart Agreement to support municipal transit systems with operating costs like vehicle maintenance, employee wages, revenue lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and costs related to safety enhancements.

Currently, Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation system across the province. Planning is underway for eastern Ontario.

QUOTES

“We are very pleased to receive word that the City of Belleville is receiving this Gas Tax Program funding from the provincial government. We are committed to strengthening our transit system and have made great strides in doing so even throughout this past pandemic year. We have made substantial upgrades, some of which include bus replacement, transit pass vending machines, accessible bus stops, many with new shelters, and a real time bus arrival monitoring system. These funds will help us continue to provide and improve our City transit service.”

Mayor Mitch Panciuk, City of Belleville

"The best way to move towards the future starts with being able to move throughout the city. The provincial gas tax funding will greatly assist our ability to provide quality transit service to our residents."

Mayor Jim Harrison, City of Quinte West

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE

  • 2020-2021 gas tax funding by municipality: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/59950/2020-21-gas-tax-funding-by-municipality

Ontario helps six Bay of Quinte organizations rebuild and recover from COVID-19

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2020

BAY OF QUINTE – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced that six local not-for-profit organizations will receive $471,400 in grants to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation's new $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.

"Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community. These organizations make a marked difference on the quality of life in Bay of Quinte," said Smith. "Countless people rely on their services every day and, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver."

The grants cover a broad range of needs, such as mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff and volunteers, the development of new health and safety processes, or the purchase of new technology and PPE. The funding also supports capital needs, such as renovations and facility updates, that will help meet the changing needs of the communities these organizations serve.

The successful local recipients in the first round of Resilient Communities Fund, among 486 organizations across Ontario, are as follows:

The Gleaners Foodbank (Quinte) Inc. - $150,000

This grant for a six-month project will allow Gleaners to purchase five freezers, two refrigerators, a Fold-Away Roller System, two vehicles, and PPE. It will also be able to hire an electrician to upgrade the wiring circuit to allow for a drive-thru style pick-up area.

Committee for Innovative Thinking for Youth Inc. - $94,500

This grant for a 12-month project will allow the Committee for Innovative Thinking for Youth Inc. to hire a fundraising coordinator to explore new fundraising options and to purchase computers, software, a printer, a scanner, and office furniture to meet public health and safety guidelines within the Quinte West Youth Centre.

John Howard Society of Belleville and District (JHSB) - $72,100

This grant for a 12-month project period will allow the John Howard Society to renovate a building to offer an alternative classroom setting, hire a youth worker and cleaner, purchase PPE and five Chrome Book devices, as well as helping with program-related travel costs.

The Ladies of Sacred Heart Batawa - $69,800 

This grant, over a 12-month program period, will allow the Ladies of Sacred Heart Batawa to renovate the parish kitchen, install high-speed Internet, add a computer workstation,  create an e-commerce website, and hire a consultant to develop a long-term strategic fundraising plan.

Children's Safety Village, Belleville - $55,000

This grant, over a 12-month period, will allow the Children's Safety Village to restructure existing safety programming to deliver the same educational programs in an interactive digital model outside of the village setting.

Hospice Prince Edward - $30,000

This grant, over a six-month project period, will allow Hospice Prince Edward to hire a general contractor to create an outdoor area for safer client visits that provides direct residential room access and circumvents common areas.

Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod said supported projects will make a real difference in the lives of Ontario residents as the government focuses on economic and social recovery.

"COVID-19 has resulted in a 'triple threat' of health, economic and social crises in Ontario, and this funding will help 486 non-profits adapt to those challenges and ensure they have tools and resources to provide the best service to those who need it the most."

A second application intake closed earlier this month and additional approvals through the Resilient Communities Fund is expected in the new year. The Ontario Trillium Foundation relies on the expertise of a series of regional volunteer grant review teams appointed by the Province to steward its granting decisions.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and is one of Canada's leading granting foundations. The OTF awarded $115 million to 645 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
  • OTF has redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund.
  • A full list of recipients is available at www.otf.ca.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • 2020 Ontario Budget/Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover - budget.ontario.ca
  • Learn how Ontario continues to protect its residents from COVID-19 - covid-19.ontario.ca