Need to Know

Digital Main St. Grants

The Province of Ontario and the Ontario BIA Association are offering grants to help small businesses across Ontario strengthen their digital and online capacities.
 
The Digital Transformation grant provides $2,500 to each qualifying small main street Ontario business to purchase and adopt digital tools and technologies including: website, social media, e-commerce, digital marketing, SEO, SEM, SMM, 360° Photo.
 
For more information and assistance applying, please follow the link below and complete the contact form. kingstonecdev.com/grants/digital-main-street  

Book your free consultation with Chris Morris, Digital Advisor: morris@kingstoncanada.com  613-539-8438

 

GroupMe App

Did you know? Kingston Police run a mobile app called GroupMe for downtown businesses. The app is a crime prevention tool to keep businesses informed and communicating with police and each other. Many downtown businesses are subscribed and find the app helpful. Visit the Kingston Police website here for more info and to register.

 

OBIAA Accessibility Handbook

The Ontario Business Improvement Association (OBIAA) has produced a handbook The Business of Accessibility – How to Make Your Main Street Business Accessibility Smart. Check out this great resource here: obiaa.com

 

Cannabis Act

Legalization of recreational cannabis (Cannabis Act) comes into effect on Oct. 17, 2018. Keep informed on the new legislation with the links below:

Government of Ontario
Cannabis Legalization

Ontario Ministry of Labour
Impairment and Workplace Health and Safety

Government of Canada
Department of Justice, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

 

Bill 47 - Making Ontario Open for Business Act

Ontario's labour laws have changed - please keep up to date here:

Employment Standards Act

Bill 47

 

Kingston Frontenacs Feature Business Program

The Kingston Frontenacs are partnering with local businesses this year to help build the hockey community. They want to help grow your business by promoting your offers and driving traffic to your business!  For more on how you can participate in this new promo opportunity, please contact Dylan Chenier at 613-542-4042 ext. 6019 or Shannon Rombough at 613-542-4042 ext. 6052.

 

Kingston Transit – Downtown Kingston! Employer Transpass

Kingston Transit offers discounted rates on monthly adult bus passes through downtown employers! Kingston Transit will come to your business to sign up your employees on the spot! Contact Heather Grosney at Kingston Transit hgrosney@cityofkingston.ca

Visit the City of Kingston's website for more info about the Kingston Transit Employer Transpass.