By January 28, 2022news

With businesses once again facing COVID-19 restrictions as mandated by the Government of Ontario, the Invest Barrie team wanted to reach out and ensure you’re aware of the resources and supports available.

We understand this latest round of restrictions is frustrating in an already challenging time. Invest Barrie and our Small Business Centre are available to help guide you through support program options and can be contacted by email at or by phone at 705 720 2445.

Below is a list of resources available to help businesses impacted by the current restrictions. A complete list of resources is available at This page is updated as new information and supports become available.

Program & Status

Local Lockdown Program
Applications Open

Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program
Applications Open

Small Business Relief Grant
Announced 7th Jan 2022, Application date yet to be announced.

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit
Applications Open

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program
Application Opening on 18th Jan 2022

Improving Cash Flow for Ontario Businesses
Six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes (Jan 1st, 2022 – July 1st, 2022)

Electricity Rate Relief
Starting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, electricity prices will be set 24 hours a day at the current off-peak rate of 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour