The Province of Ontario Roadmap to Reopen requires businesses to have COVID Workplace Safety Plans in place. Learn More

 Temporary Seasonal Patio Program
Meaford’s temporary seasonal patio program allows restaurants throughout the municipality to expand their outdoor dining areas and meet the COVID-19 guidelines provided by Grey Bruce Health Unit.

The Municipality is working with restaurants to achieve quick approvals and agreements for a:

  • Temporary seasonal patio on private property
  • Temporary seasonal patio on Municipal owned property

Contact the us at to learn more.

 Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has prepared Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support the immediate and ongoing needs of businesses. There are a number of financial support, loans and job creation programs available to businesses.
 Government of Ontario

The Province of Ontario is putting measures in place to support economic recovery and re-opening of businesses. The Province has setup a business support webpage dedicated providing businesses with information, resources and posters.

If you have questions about impacts to your business you can contact the Stop the Spread Business Line at 1-888-444-3659. 

 Grey Bruce Health Unit
The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit is a source of local information and recommendations that help stop the spread of COVID-19. As part of their on-going efforts to keep everyone in the region informed on COVID-19 related information, they provide resources and links that may be useful for your business. The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit website has content dedicated to information on Businesses, Employees and Organizations, providing guidelines and resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace.

If you need to prepare a re-opening plan, the Health Unit will receive and review plans for locations closed due to COVID-19 including inspections, as required.


Grey County

The Grey County website is a great source of information to support all business sectors located within the region.

See their Made in Grey webpage for up-to-date resources, investment opportunities, news and events, and more. 

 PPE For Businesses

 There are a number of regional suppliers that can meet your Personal Protective Equipment needs.

Grants and Funding

Government of Canada - Jobs and Growth Fund

The Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs. 

To find out more visit: Jobs and Growth Fund 


Eligible applicants: 

  • Businesses, including co-operatives.
  • Not-for-profit organizations and community economic development partners.
  • Indigenous-led organizations and/or businesses


What assistance is available?

  • Eligible businesses could normally receive interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50 percent of authorized costs.
  • Eligible not-for profit organizations could normally receive non-repayable contributions for up to 90 percent of authorized costs.
  • Indigenous-led organizations and/or businesses may be eligible to receive up to 100 percent of eligible project costs.
Government of Canada - Tourism Relief Fund in Southern Ontario

Launched July 2021, the Tourism Relief Fund has a commitment of $500 million (over two years).

The Fund is for supporting tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements and investing in products and services to facilitate future growth.


Contributions to businesses will be either:

non-repayable contributions up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $100,000 or

fully repayable contributions up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $500,000.


Contributions to not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous entities will be eligible for non-repayable contributions.


Project contribution amounts would not exceed $500,000. The actual contribution amount will be based on the minimum amount required to carry out the project. 

To learn more visit: Tourism Relief Fund

Province of Ontario - Help With Covid-19 Costs

The Province of Ontario is offering Property Tax and Energy Bill rebates for businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. The rebates are provided in the form of grants, to eligible businesses to help with their fixed costs. 


Eligible businesses could get rebates for:

  • municipal and education property taxes
  • energy costs, including electricity and natural gas (or where natural gas is not available, propane and heating oil)


To learn more and apply for the grant(s), please visit the Province of Ontario website here.

Province of Ontario - COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for small businesses (CEAP-SB) 

 This funding program 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.


Visit the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program page to learn more about the program and how to apply.


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