Canada Digital Adoption Program Eligibility Requirements

In today’s digital age, small businesses must adapt to the ever-growing online marketplace to stay ahead of the competition.
With the Grow Your Business Online Grant as part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, we’ll equip your business with
the essential e-commerce capabilities it needs to thrive.

Program Eligibility

To apply for the Grow Your Business Online Grant as part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, your business must:

  • Be a for-profit business
  • Be registered or an incorporated business
  • Be a consumer-facing business
  • Attest to one of the following options:
    • The business currently has at least one employee on the payroll (other than the business owner or a contractor) for whom tax deductions were remitted and who has been working at least three months prior to the application
    • For businesses that have been in operation for less than 80 weeks who have not filed their first year’s taxes or received their Notice of Assessment: The business has had a gross revenue of at least $30,000 in the last 12 months of operations or since incorporation/registration for businesses who have been in operation for under a year
    • For businesses that have been in operation for more than 80 weeks who have received a CRA Notice of Assessment: The business had a gross annual revenue of at least $30,000 in the previous fiscal year
  • Commit to maintaining a digital adoption strategy for 6 months after participating in the program
  • Consent to participate in follow-up surveys, have this information shared with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada), and have the name of their business published as a recipient of funding
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Application Requirements

You’ll need the following information to apply for the Grow Your Business Online Grant:

  • Business name (legal entity name/trade name)
  • Business owner’s name and contact information
  • Business structure (incorporated, sole proprietor, partnership)
  • Number of years in business
  • Alberta business registration number
  • Articles of incorporation (include all pages of the document for upload)
    • OR Sole Proprietorship Registration Statement (include all pages of the document)
    • OR Partnership Registration Statement (include all pages of the document)
  • Industry type and NAICS code

To apply for the Grow Your Business Online Grant, submit your application through our grant partner, Digital Main Street. Though applications are submitted through Digital Main Street, the grant is administered by Business Link.

Canada Digital Adoption Program Document Requirements

Article of Incorporation
Register Trade Name – Proof of Filing
Partnership Registration Statement
Incorporate Alberta Registration Statement

Grant Expense Eligibility

The $2,400 micro-grant is a reimbursement-style grant, meaning funding will be issued after your spending plan is approved, grant agreement is received, and eligible receipts/proof of payments are submitted and approved.

Please note the approval of the spending plan is not an authorization to purchase any items, and no funds should be spent until the business receives an email from the Funding Manager authorizing purchases.

Please note that all eligible costs must show a direct tie in to implementing a new eCommerce store in your proposed spending plan. Anything that is not tied to directly selling products or services online, will not be an eligible expense.

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