When businesses adopt technology, they tend to be more productive, competitive and resilient. The business case for digitization took on new heights during the COVID-19 pandemic as consumers moved online and businesses were pushed to use technology in new ways to stay afloat amid public health restrictions.
Technology adoption can be an uphill battle and small businesses tend to be less digitally mature than larger businesses, given their limited access to resources and skills. Climbing that hill can be especially difficult for traditional brick-and-mortar businesses, as well as rural and remote businesses.
The Grow Your Business Online Grant
In 2021, the government of Canada announced the $4 billion Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) to help get Canadian businesses online, give their e-commerce presence a boost, or help digitize business operations.
CDAP offers businesses access to two opportunities, each offering unique funding and support: the Boost Your Business Technology grant and the Grow Your Business Online grant.
With the Grow Your Business Online grant, businesses receive a $2,400 micro-grant to assist with the cost of e-commerce digital adoption to help strengthen e-commerce capabilities to better serve your existing customers and help you reach new customers.
The grant is available through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Interested applicants can complete a survey on the Government of Canada website to confirm eligibility.
3 reasons to apply for the grant
Use the Grow Your Business Grant of $2,400 to enhance visibility, strengthen e-commerce and reach new customers
3 common misconceptions about grants
Truth: Unlike a loan, a grant does not need to be paid back. Grants are considered taxable income.
Truth: There are supports to help with the grant process and applications.
Truth: Many grants go unclaimed.
Interested in applying for the Grow Your Business Grant? Here’s how to get started:
If you have any questions about the Grow Your Business Online grant, contact the Ontario Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or via phone at 1-833-751-8111.
Learn more about the Grow Your Business Online grant and the Canada Digital Adoption Program.