The City of Toronto is taking significant action to support small businesses and commercial properties impacted by COVID-19 through the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative. Assistance for businesses is also available through federal COVID-19 supports and provincial COVID-19 supports.

 

Search the table below for grants, incentives and rebates offered by the City of Toronto to business owners, associations and not-for-profit organizations.

Additional funding opportunities are available for small businesses, including for Indigenous and Black entrepreneurs. Find additional financial support from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Incentive Description Recipient type
BIA Local Leadership Fund Emerging leaders in the BIA movement may receive full tuition to the Local Economic Development (LED) Certificate Program through the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University as well as support through mentoring and networking opportunities. BIA or BIA member
Brownfield Remediation Tax Assistance Brownfield property owners can offset the remediation costs incurred at sites where contamination has rendered the property vacant, under-utilized, unsafe, unproductive or abandoned. Developer, land owner or property owner
Business Incubation & Commercialization Grant Program Not-for-profit organizations including incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurial organizations aimed at creating business formation, innovation and job creation may receive grants to help provide programming to nascent entrepreneurs, businesses and startups. Not-for-profit organization
CaféTO Property Improvement Program Business operators can receive matching funding of 50 per cent for the cost of improvements to café spaces on City property (where a valid permit has been issued) or on private property. Business owner/tenant or property owner
Capacity Buyback Program Organizations can receive a free water audit to learn how to reduce water use and be a candidate for a one-time cash rebate of up to 30 cents per litre of water saved per average day. Business owner/tenant or property owner
Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program Commercial property owners can receive up to half of the costs of improvements to redesign, renovate or restore commercial building façade up to a maximum $12,500 grant for $25,000 worth of improvements. Business owner/tenant or property owner
Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program Commercial business operators and owners of storefronts that are vacant (or at risk of becoming vacant) may receive matching funding of 50 per cent to undertake interior improvements. Business owner/tenant or property owner
Creative Co-Location Facilities Property Tax Subclass Designation Creative enterprises and live music venues can apply for to be included under the Creative Co-Location Facilities Property Tax Subclass. Business owner/tenant, entrepreneur, not-for-profit organization or property owner
DMZ Black Innovation Program Tech startups led by Black entrepreneurs can apply for $250,000 over five years, or $50,000 annually. Business owner or entrepreneur
Eco-Roof Incentive Program Residential, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings can receive grants for the installation of green roofs and cool roofs. Developer or property owner
Energy Retrofit Loans Building owners can receive low-interest financing for building retrofits that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Developer or property owner
Heritage Tax Rebate Program Property owners may receive rebates for eligible maintenance and conservation work done on designated heritage properties. Developer or property owner
High-Rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program Apartment building owners can access low-cost financing to make energy-saving retrofits and upgrades to their buildings. Developer or property owner
Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology Program New building construction and/or building expansion in targeted sectors can benefit from a grant of 60 per cent of the increase in the municipal taxes attributable to the eligible development over a 10-year period. Business owner/tenant or property owner
Indigenous Arts & Culture Partnership Fund Individuals, groups, collectives or organizations can apply for funding up to $10,000 for pilot projects or $30,000 for longer-term projects centred on Indigenous-led arts and culture initiatives. Indigenous individual, group, collective or organization
Industrial Water Rate Program Manufacturers can receive a discounted water rate to to help support economic growth and encourage water conservation (also called the Block 2 water rate). Business owner/tenant or property owner
Main Street Innovation Fund Organizations can receive funding for projects costing $25,000, $50,000 or $100,000 to address main street challenges, engage in innovative place-making and animate main streets to support business recovery and success. BIA, business association, charity or not-for-profit organization
Outdoor Mural & Street Art Program Business associations and community groups with strong business participation can receive one-time funding up to $7,500 for outdoor mural projects that help promote a local theme and facilitate commercial or industrial neighbourhood identity. BIA, business association or community group
Property Tax Rebate for Registered Charities Registered charities may be eligible for a rebate of 40 per cent of their property taxes. Charity
Sewer Surcharge Rebate Program Businesses may be eligible for a rebate on water that is used on-site for their industrial or commercial processes. Business owner/tenant or property owner
Small Business Tax Subclass Small business properties may be eligible for a 15 per cent reduction in the municipal tax rate. Property owner
Streetscape Improvement Program BIAs may receive matching funding of 50 per cent for capital projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to $1 million. BIA
Streetscape Master Plan Program BIAs may receive one-time cost-matched funding up to $25,000 to acquire consulting services to create comprehensive streetscape plans that guide future improvements. BIA