Ontario Launching New Services to Help Small Businesses Grow
Service Will Deliver Support Online, In-person and Over the Phone
Ontario is launching new services to help small business owners access tools, resources and funding to start and grow their business.
Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, joined Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, to make the announcement today in Toronto.
Small Business Access is a new, single point of access that will make it easier for small businesses to access government services to get the support they need to run and grow their business. Small business owners will be able to access resources such as hiring and training incentives for employers and information on permits or how to expand their business globally.
The government is also partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to deliver 17 workshops across the province so small businesses have access to in-person support, information and advice to successfully run their business.
Supporting small businesses is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Small Business Access resources for small business owners are available online at ontario.ca/smallbusiness or over the phone at 1-888-999-5970.
- Ontario is investing $3.9 million over three years to support Small Business Access.
- This is part of an investment of more than $500 million over three years in new initiatives for small businesses, including lowering the small business tax rate by 22 per cent from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent, new financial supports to help small businesses hire youth, investments to revitalize downtown and main street business areas, and cutting red tape.
- About one-third of Ontario workers are employed by small businesses.
- Small businesses have fewer than 100 employees.
“Running a business is no small feat, taking dedication, time and hard work, and we’ve heard from small businesses owners that the government should do more to help. That’s why we are launching this new service and partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to help small business owners save time and money when dealing with government. Because we know that when small businesses succeed, we all succeed.”
“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Ontario government to provide small businesses with better support, resources, and information as part of Small Business Access. Our members have been very vocal about needed support for small businesses. We are confident they will benefit from this new dedicated service by achieving a greater understanding of government programs, regulations and opportunities to ensure success.”
“Keeping up with today’s fast moving marketplace and trying to know where to look for help can be quite overwhelming. This new service is what we need, making it easier for me and my clients to access the information we want, when we need it. I look forward to being able to just pick up the phone or go online to learn about what the government can offer to help me and my clients better be able to run and grow our businesses.”