A relief grant fund to help small businesses cover some COVID-19 related costs when reopening.
Latest Update - March 17th, 2021: CUSBRF has closed after receiving the maximum number of applications.
What is the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund?
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund provides relief grants of up to $5,000 to small businesses. The grant can be used for specific COVID-19 recovery efforts: purchasing PPE, renovating physical spaces, or developing your website or e-commerce capabilities.
The fund is a reimbursement program that covers eligible expenses already incurred on or after March 15, 2020. It is managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network. The fund is part of the #CanadaUnited campaign—a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility criteria includes:
- One application per ownership group
- Small to medium-sized (SME) companies from all sectors and all regions of Canada
- Be incorporated, or operating as a sole proprietor, in Canada as of March 1, 2020
- No more than 75 employees
- Have minimum annual sales of $150,000 and not more than $3,000,000
- Have $1,000,000 of commercial general liability insurance
- Not receiving any other contributions from public funds towards the specific activities contained in the funding application
- Be in full compliance with all applicable government laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and other legally binding measures (Laws)
- Be in operation after September 1, 2020 (grant recipients must sign a declaration included in the approval letter to confirm)
Three categories of purchases are eligible for reimbursement:
- Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves
- Renovation of space to meet reopening guidelines (see below)
- Enhancement of website/ e-commerce
Renovation of space includes any alterations, temporary or permanent, made to the applicant’s business specifically to reduce the risk of customers or staff contracting the novel coronavirus, referred to as COVID-19. These can include:
- The building or purchase of physical barriers
- The creation of signage or floor markers
- The building or purchase of sanitizing stations
- The building or purchase of materials used to create a structure to facilitate curbside pickup or contactless payment, or to otherwise move aspects of the business outside
- The alteration of a building’s windows and doors
- The installation of touchless devices such as doors or waste containers
- Third party labour costs associated with any of the above provided there is no conflict of interest with such third party
Eligible expenses are those expenses that have been directly incurred by the applicant no earlier than March 15, 2020 and must be supported by a valid proof of purchase.
- Applicants are only permitted to submit one application under the program
- The program will establish specific intake periods and will be limited to a predetermined number of applications. Each intake period will be open until the predetermined number of applications are received.
- Approved applicants will only receive one payment
- Payments will be made within 30 business days of receipt of banking information and the signed approval letter
- Applicants must attach all necessary invoices and receipts with the application
- Applicants must submit one of the following documents (dated prior to March 1, 2020):
- Proof of business registration
- Sales tax (GST/HST) registration
- Recent sales tax (GST/HST) filing