PPE Support for Small Businesses: Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant

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Many Canadian businesses have had to rapidly adapt their operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For most, these adaptations have brought unforeseen costs attributed to purchasing personal protective equipment for employees. 

As a manufacturer of personal protective equipment, The Canadian Shield is committed to making it as easy and affordable as possible for Canadian businesses to keep their employees safe with PPE. One amazing way your business can recover costs incurred on PPE throughout the pandemic is through Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant.

As part of the Main Street Relief Grant, up to 60,000 small businesses in Ontario can receive support to cover the unexpected costs of PPE and supplies needed in order to keep staff and customers safe. This one-time grant can reimburse small businesses for PPE costs incurred since March 17, 2020.

Originally launched in 2020, the Main Street Relief Grant was developed in order to support small businesses in sectors significantly affected by COVID-19, including:

  • retail trade;
  • accommodation and food services;
  • repair and maintenance;
  • personal and laundry services;
  • gyms and yoga studios;
  • arts, entertainment and recreation. 
As these sectors often require frequent, in-person contact with coworkers and customarily have less space to accommodate physical distancing, support is available to stabilize cash flows, protect workers and ensure that Ontarians remain employed.


In order to apply for the Main Street Relief Grant, your business must have 2 to 19 employees and be in one of the sectors mentioned above. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click here.


Purchasing PPE From The Canadian Shield

At The Canadian Shield, we are proud to manufacture high-quality personal protective equipment that is cost-competitive, Canadian-made and ready to ship from our facility in Waterloo, Ontario. To shop our PPE products online, click here.


To claim PPE purchases from The Canadian Shield for your Main Street Relief Grant application, simply maintain a record of your expenses and our corporate HST number: 790106694.