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

The Town of Milton and Downtown Milton BIA have launched the Digital Service Squad (DSS) thanks to an $18,000 grant from Digital Main Street Ontario, supported by funds through Milton Economic Development and FedDev Ontario. The DSS will help Milton's downtown small businesses use digital technologies to adapt to a rapidly changing COVID environment. 

A trained specialist meets with small businesses, at no cost, to help them improve their online presence. The squad member assists with several activities, including:

  • Developing a Google My Business profile
  • Enhancing your business' social media presence
  • Support for website review, updating, creation and best practices
  • Miscellaneous digital transformation support to include: loyalty programs, point of sale systems, ecommerce, back-end business operations support (e.g., setting up QuickBooks, etc.)

The squad member will also assist qualified small businesses through the application process for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant, which includes an online assessment, online training modules and the development of a Digital Transformation Plan. 

The program runs mid-November through February 2021.

Details on the program

Contact a Digital Service Squad Member

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