DoorDash to provide over $1 million in grants to help Canadian restaurants


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February 2, 2021
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DoorDash to provide over $1 million in grants to help Canadian restaurants

DoorDash announced it will be providing $1,125,000 in local COVID-19 relief grants to help restaurants in MontrĂ©al, Toronto and Vancouver. Restaurants will be able to apply to receive a $3,000 grant to be used to offset costs associated with the ongoing pandemic. The grant program is part of the company’s Main Street Strong Pledge, a grant program to help restaurants in select cities. Learn more and apply.

Employer application period for 2021 Canada Summer Jobs program is being extended

The Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced that the employer application period for the 2021 Canada Summer Jobs program is being extended until February 3 to allow more employers to apply for funding to hire young people. Not-for-profit organizations and private and public sector employers who have not already applied for funding are encouraged to do so today. The program strives to give young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 paid work opportunities.

Ontario extends off-peak electricity rates to provide relief for small businesses

The Ontario government is extending electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms. The government will continue to hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour until February 9. This lower rate is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for Time-Of-Use and tiered customers. Businesses can apply for Energy and Property Tax Rebates through the COVID-19 Business Support Grants, if required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial health measures.

Notice for businesses with employee health centres

As per Public Health Ontario guidelines, workplaces that have employee health centres need to follow infection prevention and control guidelines for primary care centres, not those for workplaces.

Special notice for businesses with night shifts

If you have employees that work a night shift, please remind staff to follow all infection prevention and control guidelines issued by Toronto Public Health. Night shifts have been identified as an issue by the City’s workplace outbreak investigations team.

Business Community News

StartUpHERE’s top virtual events for entrepreneurs in February

From celebrating Black History Month to addressing the climate crisis and understanding mental health needs, StartUpHERE’s list of upcoming events can help bring your business to the next level through networking, industry insights, professional advice and funding opportunities.

Webinars and Online Events

Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places (Free)
Watch On Demand

Ontario Small Business Support Grant Webinar (Free)
Watch on Demand

Scarborough Business Association Events (Free)

  • Cyber Breakfast: Speaker MPP Doly Begum | February 3, 9:15 to 10 a.m. – Register
  • Cyber Breakfast: Speaker Mayor John Tory | February 10, 9:15 to 10 a.m. – Register
  • After 5 Virtual Networking Magic | February 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Register

How to Successfully Apply for Government Funding(Free)
Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Register

Ask the Expert: Legal Advice for Business(Free)
Friday, February 5, 9 a.m. to noon – Register

General Small Business Tax Literacy Seminar (Free)
Friday, February 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon – Register

B Corp 101 Workshop: Learning to Measure What Matters (Free)
Tuesday, February 16, 10 a.m. to noon – Register

Ask the Expert: Marketing & Sales (Free)
Friday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Register

City of Toronto Programs and Resources

Financial Support and Resources

Federal and provincial government financial supports:

For one-on-one help with applications for any of these programs contact the BusinessTO Support Centre.

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