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COVID-19 Business Resources

Muskoka Tourism is here to support you and your business during this difficult period. There are several government support programs and grants available to businesses like yours and we want to assist you in navigating these options, below we have provided a few we believe are best suited for tourism operators.

Please check back often, as we will provide updated resources for our tourism partners. At any time you need assistance with these resources or with any Covid-19 support please don’t hesitate to call me directly at 705-641-0745 or email

Janet O’Connell
Executive Director
Muskoka Tourism Marketing Agency


New Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant

Deadline: June 25, 2021

The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.

Click here to apply


Posters and Decals For You!

Today more than ever we need to remind guests with visual clues for Covid-19 protocols, to assist you with this Muskoka Tourism has created poster and floor decals available to MTMA Members to use.  If you are interested in ordering the floor decals please email

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COVID-19 Safety Protocol Program Grant

Muskoka Futures is administering the Covid Safety Protocol Program (CSPP) in Muskoka. The Covid Safety Protocol Program will provide businesses with up to $5,000.00 in a non-repayable contribution (grant) to assist with the costs related to adapting operating protocols. Businesses established prior to March 1 2020 with less than 500 employees are eligible to apply.

Click here for more the full information.


Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster

The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program supports costs related to hosting major one-time events in Ontario, events that do not recur annually or biennially in Ontario, and national or international events in Ontario

Click here for more the full information.


Reconnect Festival and Event Program

The 2021 Reconnect Festival and Event Program supports innovative programming and marketing for festivals and events. It helps to improve experiences for visitors and stimulate local community economic development and recovery.

Click here for more information


Ontario Expands Eligibility for PPE Grant

The Ontario government is expanding the number of small businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relief Grant to help offset the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) to cautiously and gradually reopen in parts of the province.  Small businesses with 2 to 19 employees in all eligible sectors – expanded from 2-9 employees – including those in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector, can now apply for up to $1,000 in financial support.

Click here for more the full information.


Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund

The Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund (TEDRF) is an application-based, cost-sharing program designed to provide non-capital funding to projects that either:

  • encourage the development of innovative new tourism products
  • support tourism investment
  • build the capacity of Ontario’s tourism industry

Click here for more information


New Small Business Support Grant up to $20,000

The support grant is NOW OPEN for small businesses. This grant will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.

Click here for more information


COVID-19 Business Support Grants

Ontario is helping businesses recover costs for personal protective equipment and providing extra support for businesses required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures.

Click here for more information


Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.
Click here for more information


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Get the support you need to keep your employees on your payroll or bring them back to work. You can get a base subsidy for each of your eligible employees. The amount you get per employee is based on your revenue drop.*
Click here for more information


Canada Recovery Benefit

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Click here for more information


Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants

For businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses in respect of property taxes and energy bills.
Click here for more information


COVID-19 Energy Assistance Programs

The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments. Small business and registered charity customers may be eligible for up to $850 in support towards their electricity bill if they primarily use electricity for heating, or up to $425 otherwise. Small business and registered charity customers could also be eligible for up to $425 in support towards their natural gas bill.
Click here for more information





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