For Business Owners in Ontario, Canada – What is a Digital Transformation Grant?

Digital Main Street (DMS) is a program focused on assisting small businesses with their adoption of technologies. The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and grants to brick-and-mortar small businesses looking increase their capacity through digital transformation.

The $2500 grant is administered by the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), and is not administered by Digital Main Street. Applications will continue to be accepted until October 31, 2021 (or until grant funds are exhausted).

Watch the video below and visit this website for more information:

Participant Requirements

A Digital Transformation Grant is open to any business that meets the following requirements:

Must be a business that:

Has a permanent ‘brick-and-mortar’ establishment in Ontario
Is employing 1-50 employees
Has not received a DTG previously
Is paying commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent
Is a registered business in Ontario and/or is incorporated
Is open for business/operating at the time of application (not a start up)
Is open to the general public for walk-in and onsite purchases of goods and services – NOT A WHOLESALER OR MANUFACTURER
Is NOT a business supplying digital services to other businesses (e.g. website design/development, SEO, programming)
Is NOT a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
Is NOT a not-for-profit/ charitable organization
Is NOT renting office space on a temporary basis (month-to-month)
Is NOT in a shared workspace such as a hot desk or dedicated desk
Is NOT a purely online business
Owned by: An Ontario resident operating a business in Ontario.
An individual of 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Has completed the Digital Transformation for Main Street program, which includes:
The Digital Main Street Assessment
Has passed the eligibility quiz
The online training
Developing a Digital Transformation Plan

*OBIAA reserves the right to determine who is eligible/ineligible on a case-by-case basis.

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