Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy and the heart of communities across the country. As small businesses adapt to the digital economy and the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is working to help them continue growing, thriving, and creating good jobs.
On 20 December, the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, highlighted the benefits of the Canada Digital Adoption Program’s (CDAP) Grow Your Business Online grant for small businesses in Quebec. Minister St-Onge noted that small businesses can access a grant of up to $2,400 to help them adopt e-commerce or expand existing e-commerce operations. As part of the grant, small businesses will also receive advice from e-commerce advisors, noted that small businesses can access a grant of up to $2,400 to help them adopt e-commerce or expand existing e-commerce operations. As part of the grant, small businesses will also receive advice from e-commerce advisors.
The grant is available from the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec and the Réseau des Sociétés d’aide au développement des collectivités et Centres d’aide aux entreprises.
CDAP, which will provide $4 billion over four years, will support up to 160,000 small businesses and create good middle-class jobs across the country, including thousands of jobs for young Canadians.
Under CDAP, Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises will be able to assess their digital readiness and apply for grants and loans online. This funding will help them leverage e-commerce opportunities, upgrade or adopt digital technologies, and digitize their operations to stay competitive in the digital marketplace and meet their customers’ needs. Depending on their size, specific needs and goals, businesses can apply for funding through the Grow Your Business Online or Boost Your Business Technology option.
Accelerating the digital transformation of Canadian businesses will help them stay competitive while creating jobs and growing the economy as we recover from the pandemic.