Venture Niagara Covid19 Small Business Loan

Venture Niagara is making a COVID-19 Business Loan available to Niagara businesses. To obtain loan details and the application process for a Venture Niagara COVID-19 Business Loan



Online Seminars, Workshops and Support

Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free)
August 27 at 11:30 a.m.

September 3rd,10th,17th, 2020 - Register

CreativeBoost – Countdown to Business: Workshop for artists and cultural workers thinking about starting a creative business (free)
August 25, 26 and 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. - Register

Business Recovery After Covid (Webinar)

Thu, 17 September 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Register


Ask an Accountant-Applying for government covid19 funding programs

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


How to Manage Your Financials and Cash Flow During this COVID-19 Crisis

Monday, April 27, 10 a.m.


How to Market Your Business Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday, April 29, 10 a.m.


 Navigating Government Support for Covid-19

Thursday, April 30, 2pm


How to be Productive Working from Home & Plan during COVID-19 Crisis

Friday, May 1, 10 a.m.



Enhance Your Digital Presence and Visibility

Digital Main Street: Free digital "how to guide" to help businesses go digital and grow.

Shopify: Learn how to launch and grow an online business.

Google My Business: Manage the online information available about your business.

BarterPay: An online trading platform to address cashflow challenges.



A Made in Niagara Guide to Flushing your Facility

When a building is not in use/ limited use and the building water system is not actively maintained, the water becomes stagnant within your facility. This can lead to a variety of mechanical and health related issues.

To help get your facility back online or at full capacity, the Made in Niagara Guide to Flushing your Facility is intended to assist you through that process. This guideline is not a specific procedure but rather a guide to assist your other procedures and maintenance activities.


Reopening Ontario

Niagara is in Stage 3 of Ontario's framework for reopening the province.

Niagara Regional Council passed a temporary face covering by-law (By-law 2020-46) on July 23, to require residents to wear mandatory face coverings in enclosed public places, and on Regional and municipal transit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more see: frequently asked questions.

Local Businesses may refer to more sector-specific guidance provided by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and industry partners to determine what types of preventive measures may be appropriate for particular workplace settings.


Click here for COVID-19 Posters and Resources


Reopening Guidance (Free)

*Webinars were developed based on guidelines that had been published and available up to and including the following dates - Retail Sector: June 11, 
Food Service Sector: August 7, Manufacturing Sector: June 16, Personal Care Service Sector: August 7, Events and Festivals: July 27 and 
Gym and Fitness Services Sector: August 17.

COVID-19 Recovery and Support

EConomic Recovery Team

In light of the ongoing uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Port Colborne would like to remind our local business community that the municipality is here to serve you. While our offices remain closed to the public, city staff are accessible via phone and email.

The City of Port Colborne has joined forces with the Niagara Region and other local area municipal economic development departments to create an Economic Recovery Team.


COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2 (Closed)

On behalf of Niagara’s Economic Rapid Response Team, the City of Port Colborne is seeking the participation of local businesses in the second and final COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, as we work to assess impact of COVID-19 on the local economy and plan for economic recovery. While the preservation of public health remains a priority for all of us in response to the spread of COVID-19, as we all know the economic impacts and challenges are immense.

In an effort to plan for economic recovery and advocate for programs and resources that will help Port Colborne, and by extension, Niagara businesses through recovery, we require information from Niagara businesses in order to inform and direct our efforts.

Please take a moment to complete this survey before Monday May 25 at 5pm.  The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, but the information is critical for us to have in order to advocate on your behalf to ensure Niagara business get the supports needed for recovery.

For more information on the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team and current information on resources for businesses, please visit the following website:

THANK YOU For Completing the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2. The SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED.


Resilient PortColborne-Busines Support

Marketing and Promotional Support






The City of Port Colborne wishes to express its gratitude to businesses, which have chosen to establish operations within Port Colborne.  The Mayor, Council and staff of the city are aware of the challenges being faced by local businesses, as our business owners and operators do the best they can to survive during these rapidly changing times.

We are aware that some businesses are offering take-out service, others delivery, while a few are promoting gift cards, regardless of the strategy you choose, we are here to support you. In order to support your marketing and promotional efforts, the city is soliciting information to share with the public on how they can shop with and support your business during and after this pandemic. Information collected will be shared with the public on and in paid and organic social media "support local" marketing campaigns.

The objective of this initiative is to increase the public's awareness of the products and services of local businesses that are available and ways in which they can safely support local businesses, while adhering to the necessary health guidelines and precautions.

If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Julian Douglas-Kameka, Economic Development Officer at


Government Programs and Resources

Please see resources available to support your business and workers. You may also visit the Niagara Regional Economic Development for updates. Please feel free to contact us at or


Government Programs & Resources for Business

In order to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period, Prime Minister has announced a new set of economic measures. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide direct support to Canadian workers and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. To Learn more visit:  Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses


Support for Businesses

Support for self-employed individuals

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June

More time to pay income taxes

Access to credit

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy

Extending the Work-Sharing program

Supporting financial stability

Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program

Bank of Canada's actions

Other Business Support

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June


Support for Workers and Families

Flexibility for Taxpayers

Mortgage Default Management Tools

Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most


Other Support for Businesses

Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus

Effective March 18, 2020, BDC announced new relief measures for qualified businesses include:

  • Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and payment postponements for up to 6 months for qualifying businesses;
  • Postponement of payments for up to 6 months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less.
  • Reduced rates on new eligible loans;


Please note that due to the nature of the pandemic, information is changing rapidly, for additional details regarding Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) measures, including industry specific support, please contact the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Assistance for tourism operators, small businesses or organizations

If you are a tourism operator, a small business or an organization affected by COVID-19 and need pressing assistance, the regional development agencies (RDAs) could assist you with access to federal funding and services.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Ontario Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit

The Chamber of Commences have developed comprehensive preparedness guides for businesses in the face of COVID-19.


Contact Us

Contact our Economic Development and Tourism Division to learn more


Julian Douglas-Kameka
Economic Development Officer

City of Port Colborne
66 Charlotte Street
Port Colborne, Ontario, L3K 3C8
Tel: 905-835-2900 ext. 502
Fax: 905-835-2939
Email the Economic Development Officer