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City of Toronto Resources

In response to the recent challenges faced by businesses, the City of Toronto has established the BusinessTO Support Centre. This center offers valuable information on various resources available to businesses. It provides one-on-one virtual assistance for completing government program applications and offers general business guidance. Additionally, the City has expanded its Digital Main Street program to aid small businesses in website development, e-commerce platform setup, and more.

Funding Resources

Visit Fundingportal, which uses innovation to help businesses and organizations get funding.

Other places to start

Get in touch with your neighborhood financial institution. We understand that many small businesses already have established relationships with local banks. The financial sector has enhanced their lending capacity, making them an excellent initial point of contact to assist you.

CaféTO Accessibility

CaféTO participants are responsible for adhering to the guidelines to ensure accessibility for patrons and to prevent any hindrance to sidewalk use.

The CaféTO guidebook outlines essential rules for operators, including maintaining clear pedestrian pathways, ensuring cane detectability, and utilizing contrasting materials. The guidebook also provides suggestions to enhance outdoor dining accessibility, covering furniture selection and café layout. Please refer to the relevant section, starting on page 12 of the CaféTO guidebook.

CaféTO is a component of the City's ShowLoveTO initiative, in collaboration with Founding Sponsor American Express and Destination Toronto. It aims to support Toronto businesses, neighborhoods, and residents in their recovery efforts and revitalization, without reference to past challenges.

Stay informed about CaféTO updates and information by subscribing to the BusinessTOnewsletter.