Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

January 11, 2021

Created by RBC, Canada United is a movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.

Over $14 Million has been contributed by the Federal Government, RBC, and Canada United partners to support recovery efforts due to COVID-19. Now able to extend relief grants to more small businesses and restart accepting grant applications from small businesses across all Provinces for expenses incurred no earlier than March 15, 2020.

The CUSBRF will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19.

Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000. We intend to support local businesses of all kinds from across the country (from retailers to barbershops to farmers).

Eligible Applicants

  1. Proof of business registration
  2. Business license
  3. Articles of incorporation or letters patent
  4. For partnerships: Articles of incorporation or letters patent for each corporate partner

Documents must show official stamp, logo or other official identifying details from issuing agency. Priority applicants for consideration will include businesses owned by Indigenous People, women, visible minorities, LGBTQ2+, and persons with disabilities.

Eligible Activities and Costs

There are three categories of purchases that are eligible for reimbursement under the program – see
below for examples:

Eligible expenses directly related to the above categories are permitted provided that purchases were made no earlier than March 15, 2020.

All eligible expenses must be incremental and a direct result of adjusting operations for COVID-19 safety guidelines. Normal or usual ongoing business costs are not eligible. All expenses are subject to the program administrators’ discretion.