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York Region

York Region Covid-19 Small Business Recovery Program
If you have a brick and mortar location and your business experienced a loss in revenue, the York Region COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Support Program (BRSP) can help.
The program offers free training and mentoring opportunities to help local businesses adapt to the challenges posed by the pandemic. It also provides grants of up to $5,000 to help businesses adopt new tools, increase their online presence and implement new business strategies. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 25, 2020.

What you can receive:

  • Mentoring 
  • Business training on a variety of key topics 
  • ​Free business advisory services
  • Workshops and networking opportunities
  • The ability to apply for a grant of up to $5,000

Visit the website for eligibility criteria and application info.


Stay up to date with York Region COVID-19 information via this link: HERE 


YRBiz Workshops

York Region, in partnership with Newmarket and Vaughan Chambers of Commerce, and with support from the York Region Business Coalition, has launched the Roadmap to Recovery series which runs from July to October. Free of charge, the sessions are delivered virtually via Zoom and feature practical strategies that participants can apply to their own businesses.

For more information on the YRBiz Series, click HERE 


Town of Newmarket

Business Assistance Concierge (BAC)

In partnership with the Newmarket Chamber, the Town has launched the Business Assistance Concierge (BAC) program to ensure local businesses have access to support and resources from all levels of government. If you own a small or medium-sized business and need assistance navigating the impacts of COVID-19 on your operation, the Business Assistance Concierge (BAC) program can help. Visit for more info and to set up an appointment with a BAC team member.

Mentorship Access Program (MAP)

The MAP provides businesses with access to a directory of fellow business leaders for mentorship on items such as business planning, marketing, employee engagement and more.  It aims to augment the business owners' expertise with an objective partner in brainstorming and business planning.  Interested? Fill out the form here: 


Flexible Patio Program

The Town has launched a flexible patio program which allows restaurants to create outdoor serving areas in a variety of spaces where it is safe to do such as on sidewalks and in laneways.
All businesses interested in an outdoor patio or display should contact the Town of Newmarket through the Business Assistance Concierge at The Town will work directly with each business to try to accommodate their requests, while ensuring appropriate physical distancing and health and safety measure are in place:

  • Patio licensing fees are waived for 2020
  • The Town’s current patio guidelines and regulations are updated to include greater flexibility around hours of operation, encroachment on town lands and other considerations necessary to accommodate temporary outdoor patios
  • Set up and tear down of pedestrian zones on Town property adjacent to interested businesses is being funded by the Town for the 2020 season.


Leslee Mason
04 Sep, 2020

Newmarket has more than 200 years as a community under its belt. Plaques and markers spotlighting Newmarket’s rich history can be found throughout the older areas of Town, making it a great walking destination.


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