Main Street Initiatives

Find below a list of government support to small businesses in Toronto. This is not a comprehensive list, but it includes confirmed and highly sought-after grants.

Some of them were created to assist small businesses to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, others are long successful programs that the City has ran for years.

If you’re interested in any of those programs and have any initial questions, please, feel free to reach out to our office at or give us a call at 416-262-9692.

government support

Commercial Façade Improvement Grant

An annual program from the City of Toronto that pays 50% of façade improvements up to $15,000. 
Choose 3 improvements to make and apply!

Applications will be open soon! (We expect them to open mid-February)
Learn more here.

Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant

This program will cover 50% of interior renovation and structural upgrades up to $24,000.
Applications are now open on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Learn more and apply here.

Retail Accelerator Program

This program provides retail businesses access to training and a micro-grant of $10,000 in order to support its development and expansion.
Applications are now closed, subscribe to the BusinessTO newsletter to get first hand information of new streams of the grant.

CaféTO – Commercial and Industrial Property Improvement Program

This program offers CafeTO operators 50% cost-share to improve café spaces on City property (where a valid permit has been issued) or on private property.

It excludes furniture, but includes platforms or decking, fencing and accessibility improvements that meet AODA design standards and technical drawings.

Rental and storage of platforms will be covered by the 2023 version of this grant!

Grant up to $7,500
Applications will open closer to the CafeTO start date. Keep an eye on our newsletters and here!

Apply here