Digital Main Street Launches Grant Program

Province of Ontario partners with OBIAA to provide grants to help Ontario’s “main street” businesses go online.

October 15, 2018: Ottawa, Ontario. Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) announced today the official launch of Digital Main Street’s exciting Grants Program across Ontario at Shopify’s Ottawa headquarters.

Coinciding with Canada’s Small Business Month, the event kicks off the availability of Digital Main Street Grants Program, which provides funding to qualifying small “main street” businesses and community business groups to enhance online promotion, selling and operations.

“Our government is making Ontario open for business and strengthening rural communities, and the Digital Main Street program will do just that. In partnership with the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association, this program helps local small business embrace new technology that will expand their digital capabilities and make them more competitive.”
-Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

There are two types of grants that will be available:

  1. Digital Transformation Grant:  There will be 2,000 grants of $2,500 each available to qualifying small “main street” businesses to help them adopt new digital technologies.
  2. Digital Service Squad Grant:  There will be 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying municipal or business groups to develop and implement local squads of digital vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.

Applicants will access the grant process through the Grant Program Portal, which will be available on October 15 on the Digital Main Street website at

“With today’s launch of the Grants Program and the Grant Program Portal, we are making Digital Main Street very real.  These grants will enable Ontario’s qualifying small “main street” businesses to adopt digital technologies while also learning how to promote, sell and operate online for greater success. Digital Main Street will put Ontario’s small businesses on the ‘digital map.” said Kay Matthews, Executive Director of OBIAA.

Part of the Province of Ontario’s Main Street Enhancement Initiative, Digital Main Street helps improve how small businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful.  Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help enable them to adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory.

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Taste of Brampton returns for two weeks of tasty menus Oct 15-29!

Brampton, Oct. 11, 2018 – The Downtown Brampton BIA (Business Improvement Area) is pleased to present the Taste of Brampton will launch on October 15-October 29 for two weeks of delicious dining.

Taste of Brampton is a culinary event that showcases some of the top dishes in Brampton. From prix-fixe menus, to special offerings, Taste of Brampton presents a dining option for every guest. A returning favorite (sampler plates) will be back at restaurants including Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Carve on Lot 5.

For guests looking to explore some of Brampton’s most popular foodie spots, Taste is the perfect opportunity to try something new with discounted pricing offered during the two-week promotional period. Leave the cooking to the chefs for two weeks, and you won’t regret it.

Names from left to right: (Left) Dirk Ziegler (Das Brezel Haus), Vince Foggetti and Jean Paul di Giulio (Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar), Dan Calabrese and Anthony Trenton (Aria Bistro and Lounge), Kristina Romasco (Dolcezza Custom Cakes), Harry Bojje and Roger Rajamoorthy (Tracks Brew Pub), Sarabjit Singh (Mirch Masala), Horacio Herrera (Segovia Coffee), Saverio Persichilli and Sabena Coulter (Fanzorelli’s Restaurant and Wine Bar), Randy Sahota (The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro), Andrea Magana/Suzy Godefroy and Teagan Pecoskie-Schweir (Downtown Brampton BIA). Photography credits: Rupen Bhardwaj

Not only is eating the fun part, but the chances to win prizes are bigger than ever! With over 25 gift cards and the grand prize of $500.00 (in restaurant gift cards) you’ll want to follow the Instagram contest fun this year via #TasteofBrampton
For more information, menus and full contest details, visit:

About Downtown Brampton BIA
Downtown Brampton is a respected and welcoming destination dedicated to bringing people together for quality shopping, services and entertainment. The mission of the Downtown Brampton BIA is to promote and enhance downtown Brampton through marketing events and beautification to build confidence and engagement with members and the community.

Media Contact:
Andrea Magana | Marketing and Events Specialist
(905)874-8182 |

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Business Incubator Pilot Launching 2019

Staff will soon start renovations of almost 4,500 square feet of vacant space downtown to support the launch of a pilot incubator and co-working facility.

The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and the University team has been working on developing this space for some time, and has secured interest from potential business partners, and entrepreneur support organizations like the RIC Centre.

Additionally, Ryerson University expressed their support of this initiative, and their intention to add their leading expertise in entrepreneur development and innovation to the mix. Ryerson’s DMZ was recently recognized as the world’s number one university-based incubator.

The City hopes to have this space open for entrepreneurs and exciting programming in Q1 2019.

You can find more details here.

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