Federal Government Announces the Launch of HASCAP

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
On Tuesday, January 25, 2021 the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced the launch of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). As first outlined in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, HASCAP will provide financial support to businesses across the country, in all sectors, that have been hit hard by the pandemic. This includes restaurants, businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors, and those that rely on in-person service.

Through HASCAP, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with participating Canadian financial institutions to offer government-guaranteed, low-interest loans of up to $1 million. Hard-hit businesses, like a chain of hotels or restaurants with multiple locations under one related entity, could be eligible for up to $6.25 million.

Eligible businesses can start applying as early as February 1 at principal financial institutions and more widely by February 15. Interested businesses should contact their primary lender to get more information and to apply.

Read the full news release 

Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Ontario Small Business Support Grant
Applications are open for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020. This new program will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.

Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support
This is a one-time grant of up to $1000 for eligible businesses with 2 to 9 employees. Sectors include retail, accommodation and food services, and more. 

Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants
This grant will cover the entire length of time that public health restrictions are in place for municipal and education property taxes and energy costs, including electricity and natural gas (or where natural gas is not available, propane and heating oil).
Minister MacLeod to Host Webinars Outlining
Ontario’s COVID-19 Financial Supports
From February 1st to February 10th, the Honourable Lisa Macleod will be hosting 13 regional webinars that outline supports offered by the government of Ontario including: 
  • Small Business Support Grants of up to $20,000
  • Property Tax and Energy Bill Rebates
  • Main Street Relief Grant for PPE Support of up to $1000
  • Not For Profit Support with Ontario Trillium Foundation 
  • Support for Arts Organizations 
If you are interested in applying for these programs and you would like to learn how to access these supports, please sign up to attend the webinar for your region here.


The Howl at the First Moon
Join ITO and Great Lakes Cultural Camps at Explorers’ Edge virtual event “Howl at the Full Moon”!

Date: January 28, 2021
Time: 8pm to 8:45pm EST

Great Lakes Cultural Camps will be sharing the significance of wolves in Indigenous culture presented in partnership with ITO. Outdoor adventure educator and naturalist Robin Tapley will give us a little instruction on how wolves communicate, our special guest wolf pack will help him demonstrate, and then everyone can head outside and howl at the full moon wherever you are in the world.

What better way to celebrate what’s known in the almanacs as “The Wolf Moon” than to let your Covid frustrations out with the rest of your baying bubble? Send photos or videos of your baying bubble in action to Explorers’ Edge and you’ll be entered to win amazing prizes. Join in the fun and register using the link below!
2021 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival resumes its call for submissions for the first annual Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards (SSIMA)
The SSIMA will present awards representing a variety of music genres as well as awards for cultural contribution, significance, legacy and social voice. The award show itself will be two hours in length including the presentation of awards to the winners and live performances from finalists throughout the evening. Submissions to 18 awards categories are open until April 1, 2021. Learn more about the event


Continuance: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontáhkwen
Continuance is the state of remaining in existence.
On October 3, 2020, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in partnership with Woodland Cultural Centre located in Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations, presented a powerful performance called Continuance: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontáhkwen.

Enhanced by ancient-future imagery, Haudenosaunee dancers performed the story of cultural strength, beauty and Continuance despite the 142-year history of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. Reclaiming the Mohawk Institute with Haudenosaunee art has been a community-driven initiative. The residential school stopped operating in 1970 and two years later opened as the Woodland Cultural Centre, collecting artifacts and research. Today, Woodland Cultural Centre serves to preserve and promote Indigenous history, art, language and culture.

As part of Grand Acts of Theatre, the National Arts Centre has released the performance for public viewing. Watch the introduction

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