What is the Digital Service Squad Grant Program

Digital Main Street (DMS) is a program focused on assisting main street businesses with their adoption of technology. The Digital Service Squad Grant Program will provide training, advisory support and a grant to support the Digital Service Squads across Ontario.



Who is eligible for the Digital Service Squad Grant (DSSG)?

A DSSG grant is open to businesses that meet one of the following requirements and are:

  • A local BIA located in Ontario
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  • A Municipality, Chamber of Commerce or Small Business Enterprise Center in an area where there are no BIAs present and located in Ontario
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  • An area with multiple BIAs that partner with the Municipality, Chamber of Commerce or Small Enterprise Centre to create a Centralized Project Partnership (CPP).

Please review the DSS FAQs for additional DSS applicant criteria and responsibilities

Eligible / Ineligible Costs

Eligible Costs Ineligible Costs
  • Marketing (printing/distributing postcards/flyers promoting the service locally)
  • Travel costs based on the posted provincial mileage rate (only applicable to outlier areas and applicants who cover multiple cities)
  • Cell phone costs for squad members ($50/month maximum)
  • PPE (if necessary)
  • Zoom charges or equivalent platform fees
  • Squad Member Salary/Wages/Contract Fees
    • Preference to graduate or undergraduate students
  • Note the grant cannot be used to pay a current member of your team to be on the Digital Service Squad.

Digital Service Squad Grant Application Form

Fill out and submit the application form below to apply for a Digital Service Squad Grant for your community. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

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