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; and
- A business with a minimum of one employee, other than the business owner.
- PD7A – Current Source Deductions
- PD4R – Notice of tax deduction, Canada Pension Plan and employment insurance discrepancy
- Screenshot of CRA Transaction Receipt for Payroll Source Deductions
- Screenshot and/or scan of Bank (e.g. CIBC, RBC, etc.) Transaction Receipt for Payroll Source Deductions
- Government Remittance Summary from payroll system (e.g. Ceridian)
- Copies of employee pay stubs
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; and/or
- 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.
Application link: Canada Digital Adoption Program – CCAB