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COVID Resources (grants) for Ontario businesses and families

Premier Ford announced help (for the full text – see this link:

  • The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners who are required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown . Details and applications will open in January. 
  • Discounted off-peak hydro rates: 8.5 cents for time of use and tiered customers for the 28 days of lockdown in January.
  • Parents of students will be eligible for a one-time credit of $200 per child, through the Support for Learners program using direct deposit.
    • School children: age 13 to grade 12: Sign up online at: Jan 11- Feb 8th:
    • Elementary school children (to age 12, or age 21 for special needs) – the portal is open now.
  • Elementary will learn virtually until January 11th and many high school students will learn virtually until January 25th.
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