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Stakeholder Response to Digital Main Street


Stakeholder Response to Digital Main Street


"We are doing everything we can, in cooperation with the federal and provincial governments, to help businesses during these difficult times. Only by working together will we be able to address the enormous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the devastation to the economy. I'm proud that our federal and provincial partners have seen the value of our made-in-Toronto Digital Main Street program and I am pleased that it will now be available across Ontario. In Toronto, this additional investment will allow us to offer grants and a new program to help small businesses future-proof to become more resilient and competitive." —John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

"On behalf of the City of Ottawa, I want to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario for this critical investment in small businesses across our region. I am delighted that Invest Ottawa will lead the delivery of this new program in the nation's capital and across Southeastern Ontario to help thousands of companies impacted by COVID-19 get online, build virtual business, and generate new revenues that strengthen our economy." —Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa 

"During this pandemic, every day small businesses are physically closed is a lost opportunity, yet the digital world is always open-for-business. This snappy investment by the federal and provincial governments will greatly help 200 locals get back to business, with a proven partner in Communitech." —Dave Jaworsky, Mayor of Waterloo 

"OBIAA commends FedDev Ontario for this sound investment in our main streets. We look forward to expanding the already successful Digital Main Street program, as created and managed by TABIA. Our main street small businesses have been severely impacted over the past many weeks. Together we will begin the task of recovery with direct support to main street small businesses through Digital Service Squads and Digital Transformation Grants." — Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA Association 

"Helping move small business from Bricks and Mortar to Bricks and Clicks has been our goal since consumers' shopping habits started to shift online. These unprecedented times have only amplified this need. With the help and support of this announcement and commitments by an unprecedented number of corporate partners, companies, educational institutions and volunteers, we are that much closer to making Ontario's small businesses more resilient and prepared to face the future." — John J. Kiru, Executive Director, Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas 

"Building on critical support from our federal government, we are honoured to collaborate with FedDev Ontario and partners across the province to help future-proof our main street business and economy. This new program will help companies to evolve, maintain jobs and revenue in any storm, and continue to operate and grow in any economic climate. It will equip business owners from every walk of life with new digital business models and strategies, helping them to access new domestic and global markets and drive our economic recovery." —Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards 

"Communitech has been helping companies start, grow and succeed for more than 20 years. We are proud to now help future-proof Ontario businesses through the Digital Main Street initiative. Alongside our regional innovation partners, we're ready to get to work and help businesses engage with their communities online, embrace e-commerce and reach new customers." — Iain Klugman, CEO and president at Communitech 

"We created the Recovery Activation Program as a direct response to what we're hearing from our members and the business community at large: digital tools and services are crucial to success, but challenging to implement alone. The governments' investment in RAP makes them a valuable partner in helping businesses overcome these challenges, enabling us to significantly expand the program's reach and offer it completely free to enterprises across the province." —Jan De Silva, President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade 

"Ontario's economy and local communities thrive when small businesses succeed. We welcome the Government of Ontario's support for small business to get online and embrace digital tools to grow their organizations. We are pleased that the Premier and his government continue to listen and respond to Ontario's business community. We understand the hardship small businesses are enduring while COVID-19 abatement measures are in place and applaud government efforts to mitigate economic hardship and help to pivot to recovery and growth post-COVID19." —Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce 

"Today's announcement will help to ensure that small retailers are not left behind in the digital space. "Canadian consumers have embraced e-commerce as never before since the beginning of the pandemic and this meaningful investment will assist our small retailers in expanding their online presence enable new customers and growth." — Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada 

"Since Google began its business in Canada nearly twenty years ago, we've been focused on helping Canadian businesses of all sizes to unlock the prosperity of the internet. A digital presence brings businesses enormous opportunities for growth, innovation and jobs. This additional funding will ensure the ShopHERE powered by Google program can reach more Canadian small businesses, to help them navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead," —Sabrina Geremia, VP and Country Manager, Google Canada 

"We thank the Canadian and Ontario governments for offering digital help to those businesses who need it. COVID-19 has taught us that now more than ever, small businesses with operations suited for online sales need financial support to offer and expand e-commerce options to help recoup lost revenues and increase customer bases." —Julie Kwiecinski, Director of Provincial Affairs (Ontario), Canadian Federation of Independent Business 

"We're excited to support the expansion of the ShopHERE program across Ontario, and continue working with Digital Main Street to provide independent businesses with the digital tools and resources they require to get online. The future of retail is changing, and while stages of reopening have started across Ontario, it's never been more important for businesses to establish a digital presence to enable an omni-channel experience for customers." —Roberto Faria, Senior Social Impact Manager, Shopify 

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