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Covid Safety Protocol Project



  • The Covid Safety Protocol Project will support businesses that are impacted by the economic disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic across Northern Ontario during their continuing/re-opening efforts.
  • Will provide businesses with access to capital of up to $5,000.00 in a non-repayable contribution to assist with the costs related to adapting to new or existing (As of March 15, 2020) operating protocols.


  • A SME (Small, Medium Enterprise) ie. retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, etc., and businesses of strategic importance to the community.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises are defined as having less than 500 employees.
  • Applicant has confirmed and attested that no other funding has been accessed for the same purposes and utilization that the Covid Safety Protocol Project is set out to fund.
  • The SME must have been viable as of March 1, 2020.
  • SME was Established before March 1, 2020.

Examples of Eligible Costs Acquired Between March 15th, 2020 and June 15, 2021:

  • Customer and employee safety installations such as distancing signs for floors
  • COVID-19 posters and displays
  • Acquisition of barriers
  • Widening of aisles
  • Plexiglass and partitions, signage, and other business restructuring or equipment purchases required in support of adaptations that may be required

Examples of NON-Eligible Costs:

  • Disposable Personal Protective Equipment

Funding is available until June 15, 2021 or until all funds have been allocated - Up to $5,000.00 non-repayable contribution for the SME applicant if costs have already been incurred or to an independent provider for protocol modifications necessary to conduct business due to Covid-19.

** Please Note HST will NOT be reimbursed***

Click the link below to request an application.

Angela Halvorsen, Business Investment Manager