As part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP), the Government of Canada has partnered with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) to deliver the Grow Your Business Online grant to small businesses across the country.
Eligible Indigenous businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting e-commerce. These businesses will be supported by a network of e-commerce advisors.
Eligible businesses must be small and meet all the following criteria:
- The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) person/persons.
- A for-profit business (including for-profit social enterprises and cooperatives)
- A registered or incorporated business.
- A consumer-facing business.
- A business that can be accessed online by customers or provides in person services to customers.
- A business with a minimum of one employee (other than the business owner).
Recipients must commit to maintaining digital adoption strategies for 6 months (post grant). Additionally, any business that receives a grant will be required to consent to participating in follow-up surveys, having their information shared with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada), and having the name of their business published as a recipient of funding.
Non-Eligible businesses include:
- Corporate chains, franchises, or registered charities.
- Representatives of multi-level marketing companies.
- Real estate brokerages and sales agents.
Applicants are only permitted to submit one application under the program. The program may establish specific intake periods and will be limited to a predetermined number of applications. Each intake period will be open until the predetermined number of applications are received.
Please note: As funds are limited, applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once funds are exhausted, all other applications will not be processed. We reserve the right to close the application window when the application allotment is reached.
Eligible Micro-Grant Costs include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Implementation or improvement of a digital e-commerce plan (i.e. website development, electronic payment)
- Website search optimization
- Installation of an e-commerce platform (incl. subscription fees)
- Back-office solutions to support e-commerce strategy
- Social media advertising
- Creation of customer databases
We are respectfully requesting that businesses not allocate 100% of the grant amount to software such as QuickBooks or Office Suite that do not provide complete e-commerce solutions. If you purchase an item such as QuickBooks and the cost is $100.00, CDAP will only cover 20% or $20.00.
This applies for hardware and accompanying software. For example, if a small business buys a new e-commerce integrated point of sale (POS) system that costs $1,300 (including software), CDAP will cover 20% or $260.00.
Any software directly tied to the selling of goods and services will be eligible for 100% of the grant up to $2,400 such as:
- Software to track and manage product inventory, as well as fulfill and ship orders,
- Software for product databases
- Software to track sales, market to customers, offer discounts, maintain a loyalty program
- Software to simplify marketing
- Cyber Security software or certifications
Digital Transformation Planning
Eligible businesses can meet virtually with an E-Commerce Advisor to build a digital strategy. The advisor will assist the business owner in identifying their first priorities and the first digital tools/technology they want to activate. The Advisor will activate and implement digital tools and technologies that will be most effective to achieve the business’s strategic goals.
Applications are now open.