COVID-19 Response

On behalf of the Minto Chamber of Commerce I wanted to remind you that we are here to serve and support you however possible.  While the office is currently closed we continue to work hard remotely. 

Should you have any questions or need assistance please call or text me at 519-444-8487 or email

Below you will find several resources and supports for Small Businesses

  • The provincial government announced the Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant to help businesses most affected by public health measures.  These supports include $10,000 in grants for those who had already been approved for previous funding through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant program. New applicants will also be considered.

Examples of businesses that will be eligible for the Small Business Relief Grant include restaurants, cinemas, smaller retail stores, gyms, meeting and event spaces, museums, and more. A complete list of eligible businesses can be found at the link at the bottom of this message.

  • The province will also be providing electricity-rate relief for small businesses and families. As of January 18, electricity prices will be set 24 hours a day at the current off-peak rate for at least 21 days.

Small business support:

  • Expanding the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program.
  • Eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity will receive rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to these measures. Eligible businesses required to reduce capacity to 50% will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50% of their costs. Businesses required to close for indoor activities will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100% of their costs. A full list of eligible business types will be made available later this month.
  • Effective January 1, 2022, the government is also providing up to $7.5 billion for a six-month interest- and penalty-free period for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes.
  • The government is also exploring grant options and HST deferrals with the federal government.

Please view the regulation for the full list of mandatory public health and workplace safety measures.


Resources to Support Mental Health for Businesses and Employees

Support for the Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Sectors