Was your business’ application for Ontario COVID-19 returned “Disqualified”?

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Please note the following if your application for Ontario COVID-19 funding or subsidies was “Disqualified”

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has become aware of a (now resolved) glitch in the online applications for various COVID-19 related Ontario programs and subsidies that may have affected the applications for certain Sault Ste. Marie businesses.

Upon investigation, we were advised that applications were being automatically disqualified if the PERIOD (.) was not included at the end of “Ste.” in “Sault Ste. Marie” when identifying the region of the application. It appears that the omission of the “.” was resulting in the region not being recognized by the online system and automatically returning a “disqualified” response for the funding or the subsidy being applied for.

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce immediately contacted our MPP’s office about this and we have been advised that the problem has now been corrected.

In the meantime, if any of our members applied and were disqualified for any of the following programs, we encourage you to re-apply:

  • Ontario Small Business Support Grant
  • Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant: PPE support
  • Property tax and energy cost rebates

You can find out more about these programs at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs

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The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Sault since 1889. Two years after the first Canadian Pacific railway reached Sault Ste. Marie, a group of businessmen formed an organization dedicated to community welfare and development. During the two years leading up to the Chamber's founding railway spurred an economic boom. Business prospered, the population doubled, and on June 25, 1889 forty businessmen organized the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Trade. Today, this non-profit organization continues to serve the interests of business in a rapidly changing economy. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is funded through annual membership of its's member businesses and agencies, enabling it to advocate on behalf of business. Through the years, the Chamber has worked closely with the business community and various levels of government to find solutions to challenges faced by the community and has spearheaded numerous solutions.