Digital Main Street Grant

The Digital Transformation Grant ($2,500) application portal is open for eligible brick-and-mortar small business to apply. 

The objectives of the Digital Main Street – Digital Transformation Grant program are to:

  1. Provide small business owners a comprehensive plan to guide their digital transformation.
  2. Provide small businesses with the digital literacy skills they need to execute their digital transformation either through a do-it-yourself approach and/or being a smart consumer when purchasing these services.
The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and grants to brick-and-mortar small businesses looking to adopt technologies and increase their capacity through digital transformation. The grant is administered by the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), and is not administered by Digital Main Street. The portal in now open and applications will be accepted until January 31, 2024 or until funds run out.

Participant Requirements

A Digital Transformation Grant is open to any business that meets the following requirements:

  • Must be a business that: Has a permanent ‘brick-and-mortar’ establishment in Ontario
  • Is employing 1-50 employees
  • Is NOT a home-based business
  • Is paying commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent
  • Is a registered business in Ontario and/or is incorporated
  • Is open for business/operating at the time of application (not a start up)
  • Is open to the general public for walk-in and onsite purchases of goods and services – NOT A WHOLESALER OR MANUFACTURER
  • Is NOT a business supplying digital services to other businesses (e.g. website design/development, SEO, programming)
  • Is NOT a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
  • Is NOT a not-for-profit/ charitable organization
  • Is NOT renting office space on a temporary basis (month-to-month)
  • Is NOT in a shared workspace such as a hot desk or dedicated desk
  • Is NOT a purely online business
  • Owned by:An Ontario resident operating a business in Ontario.
  • An individual of 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Has completed the Digital Transformation for Main Street program, which includes:The Digital Main Street Assessment
  • Has passed the eligibility quiz
  • The online training
  • Developing a Digital Transformation Plan

*OBIAA reserves the right to determine who is eligible/ineligible on a case-by-case basis.


  • Previous Digital Main Street Ontario Grant Program recipients who received a DTG after June 21, 2022 may NOT apply at this time
  • Previous Digital Main Street Ontario Grant Program recipients who received a DTG before June 21, 2022 may apply provided all DTG final reports have been received and verified by OBIAA
  • Large corporations are not eligible to apply for a DTG (more than 50 staff)
  • Businesses with multiple locations are only eligible to apply for one Digital Transformation Grant
  • Owners with multiple businesses may only apply for one grant
Those who are interested in the grants (or any other Digital Main Street services) and would like to learn more about eligibility and how to apply can set up a one-on-one meeting with Mithila Vidyanath who can be reached via email at

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