The East Gwillimbury Economic Development Department is here to support our business community. As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our industry partners to ensure that you have the supports you need.

Economic Development Department
Telephone: (905) 478-4282 

Business Recovery Check-In

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We want to hear from you! It has been one year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic and we would like to further understand how our local businesses and organizations are doing. Complete the Business Recovery Check In to let us know whether you accessed any of the funding supports or programs so we gain some insight on the challenges and opportunities to support your ongoing business recovery. Click here to fill out the form.

If you require assistance to complete the form, have questions, or would prefer to complete the form by phone, please contact our office and a member of our team will contact you to arrange a time to speak.

Economic Development Department
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COVID-19 Update

Ontario Moved to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

On January 5, 2022, additional public health measures were put in place to blunt transmission of the Omicron variant and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. As a result of these temporary measures, we are beginning to see signs of stabilization in key public health and health system indicators. Over the coming days and weeks, we expect these trends to continue, allowing us to begin cautiously easing public health measures.

In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, Ontario will follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step.

Full Press Release Here

Programs and Funding Overview

Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant

Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant | Eligible businesses subject to closures as a result of the province’s move to the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen will receive a grant of $10,000. Businesses that received a $10,000 grant through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant last year do not need to re-apply.

Eligible small businesses include: 

  • restaurants and bars
  • facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms)
  • performing arts and cinemas
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
  • performing arts venues and cinemas, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
  • meeting or event spaces
  • tour and guide services
  • conference centres and convention centres
  • driving instruction for individuals
  • before- and after- school programs

Coming Soon | Learn More

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

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 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs, while businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs.

Applications Now Open | Apply Here

Resilient Communities Fund

Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is investing in projects of non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19 to support their medium to longer-term recovery efforts and help build their capacity and resiliency. 


Funding is available in the amounts of $5,000 to $150,000 for projects that align with at least one of the Resilient Communities Fund outcomes to help organizations address their diverse needs and support them to rebuild and recover. 

Eligible Projects 

  • Equip board members and employers with supports to implement new approaches, prepare for change, and build resiliency. 
  • Improve and increase ability to access financial resources and develop new and/or alternative sources of revenues. 
  • Adapt or re-imagine the delivery of programs and services to meet the need of the community, employees, and volunteers. 
  • Procure equipment of renovate spaces to meet the needs of the organization to be able to safely deliver its programs and services, and/or to adopt new ways of working. 
  • Create and/or adopt new approaches for organizations to work together to meet the needs of the communities. 

Application Deadline: April 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST


Apply Today | Learn More 

Improving Cash Flows for Ontario Businesses 

Improving Cash Flows for Ontario Businesses | Additional support to help improve cash flows for Ontario businesses by providing a six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This will:

  • support businesses in the immediate term while capacity restrictions are in place
  • provide the flexibility Ontario businesses will need for long-term planning

The six-month period will begin on January 1, 2022 and end on July 1, 2022.

This measure will provide up to $7.5 billion in relief to help approximately 80,000 Ontario businesses. Businesses will have the option to delay their payments for the following provincially administered taxes:

  • Employer Health Tax
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Taxes
  • Tobacco Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax
  • Fuel Tax
  • International Fuel Tax Agreement
  • Gas Tax
  • Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts & Benefit Plans
  • Mining Tax
  • Race Tracks Tax

Coming Soon | Learn More

South Lake Futures COVID-19 Response Fund

In response to the negative impact COVID-19 is having on local businesses, South Lake Futures established the COVID-19 Response Fund to offer loans between $5,000 and $20,000 below prime rate to support businesses impacted by the pandemic.


For more information on this fund, please contact:

Nicole Lacy, Business Loans Officer

Website: South Lake Futures 

Business Updates

  • The East Gwillimbury Economic Development team will continue to support businesses during this difficult time. To ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff, all business support activities will be conducted via telephone (905) 478-4282 and email. Send an email to the EG Economic Development team.
  • Due dates for municipal property taxes and utility bills remain as normal timelines indicated on the bills. Residents are encouraged to pay if able, however, if there is a concern regarding the ability to pay a bill, please email the Finance Department
  • The Town of East Gwillimbury's Community Support Hotline is now open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (905) 478-3820 to provide hands-on assistance to residents and small business owners in identifying and applying for COVID-19 related Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Support Programs.
  • The East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce continues to support local businesses throughout these unprecedented times. Please email the Chamber of Commerce directly with any questions you may have as the EGCOC office will be working remotely. Please visit the event calendar for upcoming events and seminars. 
  • South Lake Futures remains committed to serving clients during this challenging time. Offices will be staffed but closed to the public until further notice, and will continue to be available through email and telephone 1 (866) 605-1244. Send an email to South Lake Futures. Ongoing updates will be posted to their website and social media. 
  • York Small Business Enterprise Centre continues to offer business supports and consultations via email while the office remains closed to the public until further notice. Email York Small Business Enterprise Centre for assistance or visit the events calendar for upcoming events and seminars. 
  • 211 Ontario Information Hotline is your primary source for information on government and community-based social services.  Find local services and supports in areas such as Foodbanks, Food Delivery, Helplines, Housing Support, Mental Health Support, Ready to Eat/Take Away Meals, and more. This hotline is free and confidential and available by TTY: 1 (888) 340-1001. You can email 211 Ontario Information Hotline or live chat with professionals 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week in over 100 languages. 

Business Resources and Programs



ShopEG is your one-top shopping destination for local products and services. ShopEG is an extension of the East Gwillimbury’s Chamber of Commerce business directory that is more inclusive, with real-time updates, and the ability to expand to include local events and special offers from our local businesses. 

Add Your Business 

FanSaves Gift Certificate Program

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The East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce partnered with FanSaves to support the local business community. This platform is free to EG businesses and will allow people to buy gift certificates from businesses that are currently closed or offering limited services, which they can use at a later date. 


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Distantly is an online donation platform that allows community members to make direct donations to small businesses in East Gwillimbury. The goal is to lessen the impact of non-essential closures by enabling customers to continue supporting businesses until they are able to full re-open.

Add your business for free 

Click the "Add my business" button in the top right-hand corner on the Distantly website.


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ShopHERE provides East Gwillimbury businesses the opportunity to develop online presence. The program provides a customized online store on Shopify, hands-on assistance with setting up and launching the online store, training and support for digital marketing, and access tools to launch of their online store. ShopHERE is free but businesses will be responsible for the monthly Shopify fee after the 90-day trial.

Government Support for Businesses

Resources for businesses, their employees and self‑employed individuals including financial support, loans and access to credit. 

Government of Canada

Wage and Hiring Support 

You may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations.

For each applicable claim period, eligible employers can claim one of the following, whichever gives the highest amount:

  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  • Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program
  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Apply to the Wage and Hiring Support


Rent and Property Expenses Support

You may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your commercial rent or property expenses.

Depending on the period you are applying for, you may be eligible to claim your commercial rent or property expenses through one of the following:

  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy
  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  • Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program

Apply to the rent and property expense support


Jobs and Growth Fund

The Jobs and Growth Fund is a $700-million program that supports regional job creation and positions local economies for long-term growth. This includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020.

The Fund will help businesses and organizations that:

  • support the transition to a green economy
  • foster an inclusive recovery
  • enhance Canada's competitiveness through digital adoption to improve productivity and manufacturing processes
  • strengthen capacity in sectors critical to Canada's recovery and growth

Apply through your Regional Development Agency 


Extending the Work-Sharing program

We have extended the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19.

Apply to the Work-Sharing Program


Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)

The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program provides businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19, access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.

HASCAP is available to businesses that operate in sectors such as tourism and hospitality, restaurants and those that primarily rely on in-person services.

Business owners can apply for support until March 31, 2022

Learn More About the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program


Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

The Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) provides bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing, in order to keep their operations going.

The additional liquidity provided through LEEFF allows Canada’s largest businesses, their workers and their suppliers to remain active during this difficult time, and position them for a rapid economic recovery.

This program is delivered by the Canada Development Investment Corporation, in cooperation with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Department of Finance.

Apply to the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

Government of Ontario

Regional Municipality of York 

In-person business advisory services are currently transitioning to phone consultations at this time. For information, please send an email to the Regional Municipality of York.

York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC): Effective immediately, where possible, the YSBEC will be moving all in person consultations to phone consultations. Consultations that cannot be completed by phone will be postponed until further notice.  In addition, we will be evaluating all seminars and programs to see which ones can be delivered online. Please stay tuned for more information on our programs over the coming days and weeks including:

Other information

Routes Connecting Communities 

Are you looking for someone to shop/deliver on your behalf, please email Routes Connecting Communities Inc. or call them at (905) 722-4616. Also, if you are willing to provide driving/delivery services for those in need, connect with us too. We match the need to the volunteers. 

External resources to support the workplace