Milton Economic Development remains committed to supporting local businesses, the community and our partners through this challenging time.

Digital Service Squad to assist downtown small businesses

Milton Council has approved a Digital Service Squad Grant funding agreement that will see the program extended from September 2021 to February 2022. The Town of Milton has received $25,000 from Digital Main Street Ontario, in an attempt to provide digital transformation services to small businesses, with the support of the Downtown BIA and the Milton Chamber of Commerce.

The program is also being expanded to beyond Milton’s downtown core and is now available to members of the Chamber of Commerce, small businesses associated with the MEV Innovation Centre, and eligible small business across the community including downtown Campbellville.

The grant will be used to hire Digital Main Street Service Squad staff, who will:

  • Engage and support small businesses in making submissions to the Digital Transformation Grant 2.0 program. Each Digital Transformation Grant provides a small business with a customized digital assessment, online training and $2,500 to implement a digital transformation plan.
  • Encourage businesses to undertake digital assessments and better understand their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Connect businesses with opportunities to gain knowledge and expand their skills in digital marketing.
  • Provide businesses with direct practice support and guidance to further their digital transformation.

Details on the program

2021 seasonal patio program

The Town of Milton is continuing its seasonal patio program in 2021, as an ongoing effort to support the local business community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for 2021 patios are now open.

Learn more about the Seasonal Patio Program

Economic Recovery Task Force

The Town of Milton launched the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force in May 2020, to address local economic recovery. The task force’s efforts include:

  • Advocating on behalf of Milton’s business community for support at all levels of government, including targeted relief measures and stimulus funding for the hardest hit sectors
  • Providing expertise and recommendations on the development of longer-term goals and tactics to help guide Milton’s local economic recovery efforts
  • Maintaining sight lines to the Province’s three-phased plan for re-opening Ontario’s economy in order to ensure Milton’s local response is aligned with other levels of government

Meeting minutes and updates

Key information tools and business support resources

Milton Chamber of Commerce 

The Milton Chamber of Commerce has compiled several resources for business owners including:

  • What you need to know to re-open
  • Business support for COVID-19
  • Toolkits and templates
  • Webinars
  • Listing of businesses operating through COVID-19

Government of Ontario

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada's Economic Response Plan includes support for several business areas:

  • Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy and Benefit
  • Tax and tariff relief
  • Financial Support – several programs including the Canadian Emergency Business Account, Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
  • Relief measures for Indigenous businesses
  • Financial stability programs
  • Insurance Assistance or Businesses
  • Help Canada Combat Coronavirus - submission form – for businesses able to supply products or services