FedDev Ontario and partners to assist nearly 23,000 Ontario businesses in embracing online commerce
"As local economies across Ontario reopen, we’re focused on ensuring that our main streets don’t just survive, but thrive. These businesses are the backbone of our economy, a source of local jobs – and local pride. Thanks to the expanded Digital Main Street platform, they’ll be able to expand their offerings and take advantage of more and more people shopping online. Our message to Ontario’s small businesses, and those whose livelihoods rely on them, is clear: we’re working with you to support good jobs and help our economy come back stronger than ever."
— The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
"The stores that line downtown streets in communities across Ontario are a big part of civic identity and pride. FedDev Ontario and its partners will offer the support these businesses' need to rebuild and retool in the digital world, while providing valuable work experience to students that may have been displaced from other opportunities by the pandemic."
—Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario)
“Ontario’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and their recovery is critical to Ontario’s recovery. As thousands of small businesses across the province closed their doors and halted business during the COVID-19 outbreak, many struggled to shift sales or services online. I am very pleased, that together with Minister Joly and our federal partners, we are providing small businesses with the tools they need to recover and flourish as Ontario reopens.”
—The Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many Canadian households to purchase goods online rather than in store. As such, retail e-commerce sales surged 16.3 percent in March.
The strategic partners involved in this project have a broad reach to tens of thousands of the region’s businesses. They offer a wealth of expertise ranging from business improvement, technology, innovation, marketing and economic development. Therefore they are best-suited to deliver this widespread support and make the greatest possible impact across the region.
Support through the Digital Main Street Platform will be offered in three tiers customized to the level of support required by each company to develop or strengthen their online presence. More information on the levels of support is available in the Backgrounder.
- Digital Main Street
- FedDev Ontario
- Ontario Business Improvement Area Association
- Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas
- Invest Ottawa
- Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Recovery Activation Program
- Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
John J. Kiru
Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas
Ontario BIA Association
Toronto Region Board of Trade
Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards
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