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Ontario Updates

Posted On: Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Applications for Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Now Open ; Ontario Expands Access to Free Rapid Tests for General Public

Ontario Updates

Applications for Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Now Open

Small businesses that are subject to closure under the modified Step Two of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan are now able to apply for the Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant.  

Eligible businesses are able to apply for the program as of today, February 9, 2022, until March 11, 2022, to receive a grant of $10,000.  

As previously announced, to receive the grant, a small business must: 
  • be required to close due to public health orders that took effect 12:01 a.m. on January 5, 2022 
  • have fewer than 100 employees as of December 31, 2021 
  • be an active business as of January 14, 2022 
Eligible Small Businesses include:  
  • restaurants and bars 
  • facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms) 
  • racing venues, casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments 
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions 
  • performing arts venues and cinemas, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions 
  • meeting or event spaces 
  • tour and guide services 
  • conference centres and convention centres 
  • driving instruction for individuals 
  • before- and after- school programs 
To apply, please click HERE

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Ontario Expanding Access to Free Rapid Tests for General Public

5 Million Free Rapid Tests Available Each Week at over 2,300 Pharmacy and Grocery Stores Across the Province

The provincial government is expanding access to free rapid testing kits to the general public for at-home use. Ontario will be distributing 5 million rapid tests each week for eight weeks through pharmacy and grocery locations across the province, as well as 500,000 each week through community partners in vulnerable communities.  
Starting February 9, over 2,300 participating grocery and pharmacy locations will provide free rapid tests while supplies last, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit. Participating retailers will receive additional supply from the province each week and have the ability to determine how tests are distributed in order to best serve the community, including through appointment bookings, at checkout or through online orders. A list of participating retailers as well as information on how retail locations are distributing rapid test kits can be found at
Lead agencies working as part of the High Priority Communities Strategy will be distributing rapid tests through existing local partnerships, such as community centres, community health centres, places of worship, and food banks. Lead agencies will also have discretion to provide additional boxes depending on individual circumstances, such as a multi-generational home or an immunocompromised family member. 
Read the full News Release HERE.
  • For public inquiries, please contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).
  • For resources in multiple languages to help local communication efforts in responding to COVID-19, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 communication resources webpage.
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