Supports Available For Business Owners Affected By Public Health Restrictions
Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound Muskoka is reminding owners that small businesses required to close or reduce capacity under current public health restrictions are now able to apply for the Ontario Business Cost Rebate Program. The program provides small businesses with rebates to help cover property tax and energy costs while the province works to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.
Eligible businesses required to close, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate equal to 100% of their costs while those businesses required to reduce capacity to 50%, such as retail stores will receive a rebate equal to 50% of their costs, and payments will be provided retroactive to December 19th.
Miller says that “I know that this program, along with the cuts to electricity rates and the upcoming Small Business Relief Grants, will provide much-needed help to small businesses so that they can reopen their doors once this wave has passed.”
More details on the program, including eligibility requirements, can be found in the Program Guide at https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/obcrp/assets/guide.pdf.