Another Grant for Small Businesses Created by RBC


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Dear Gerrard India Bazaar BIA Businesses,

Here is another grant for small businesses. Created by RBC, Canada United is a movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to open safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.

Applications are open for all provinces and territories as of February 16th, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST.

Grants of up to $5,000 available


We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit main street businesses particularly hard, and hope that with vaccines arriving this shutdown will be the last. As you plan for reopening or change business practices as restrictions change, we are asking you to consider the needs of vulnerable populations.

Please see a letter from our Acting General Manager, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto with important information on this topic.



If you cannot figure out the capacity limits of your establishment, please see links below for detailed info on the colour zone restrictions and capacity calculator.



SafeTO is the City of Toronto’s Community Safety and Wellbeing (CSWB) Plan, which is currently being developed in line with theOntario Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019.

While there is no one single definition of community safety and well-being, research suggests it is affected by a host of social, economic, political, safety/security and health factors. We have attached some background information for you.

As part of the City’s engagement for Safe TO, it wants to ensure that the voice of the business community is heard and that the impact of economic factors specifically is considered in enhancing Community safety and Well-being in the City.

To that end, the City is planning to conduct a series of one-on-one interviews with business owners, property owners as well as BIA management and Boards to understand CSWB through an economic and business lens.

Interviews will be conducted in late February and early March, and the deadline for expressing an interest and willingness to be interviewed isTuesday February 23, 2021.

If you are interested please register for an interview at –

How Else Can You Be Involved?

  • The SafeTO survey¬†launched on February 17th.¬†You can access the survey here ¬†
  • Host your own consultation¬†‚Äď You can download a Safe TO Conversation guide (Coming Soon)
  • Participate in a Community Conversation¬†stay tuned for more information

For more information on SafeTo please visit:



If you have ideas, that you think can help our bazaar, we will love to hear them. Please feel free to reach out me at anytime on my email: or my cell +1 437-350-4333.
TASNEEM BANDUKWALAFor promoting your product on social media, please reach out Anna on

Gerrard India Bazaar BIA

1426 Gerrard St. East, Toronto, ON. M4L 1Z6
ph. 437 350 4333
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