Canada Digital Adoption Program

FREE Money!! Interested in e-commerce? Get your small business a $2,400 grant funded by the Government

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Canada Digital Adoption Program

FREE Money!! Interested in e-commerce? Get your small business a $2,400 grant funded by the Government

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Want to grow your small business online? don't miss out!
There's help for getting started!

If you answered yes to growing your business, there is no time than the present to start developing and implementing e-commerce for your business. The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) is helping small businesses get online with a Grow Your Business Online Grant. Your small business may be eligible to receive a microgrant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies

That’s not all, you also have access to e-commerce advisors who will work with you to assess your small business digital needs and develop e-commerce digital strategies to achieve your near and long-term transformation goals.

If you have a small business and would like to serve existing customers more effectively and attract new customers in the digital marketplace the Canada Digital Adoption Program may be right for you!

Let's begin your transformation journey

At Up Front By Design we understand the challenges in your small business market and are here to help you make the most of this opportunity!

We provide access to e-commerce advisors who will work with you to assess your small business digital needs and develop e-commerce digital strategies to achieve your near and long-term transformation goals.

But that’s not all! We offer more services that will make your journey successful!

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Is your business eligible for a grant? Take a Look!

Are you a small business owner looking to adopt or grow your e-commerce operations? See if you’re eligible and apply for the Grow Your Business Online grant.

what is included in the Grow your business online program?

$2,400 Micro-grant

Personalized support for improved digital strategies

Eligibility to Receive the Grow Your Business Online Grant

The Grow Your Business Online Grant is offered Provincially in Canada and is currently open for applications from businesses that meet all the following criteria:

  • Is a for-profit business (including for-profit social enterprises and co-operatives)
  • Is a registered or incorporated business
  • Is a consumer-facing business
  • Can be accessed by consumers or provides in-person services to consumers
  • Has at least one employee (other than the owner)
  • Must commit to maintaining digital adoption strategy for six months after participation in the program
  • Must consent to participating in follow-up surveys, sharing information with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada), and having the name of the business published as a recipient of funding

The following types of small businesses are ineligible:

  • Corporate chains, franchises or registered charities
  • Representatives of multi-level marketing companies
  • Real estate brokerages
  • Businesses that engage in online reselling or drop-shipping businesses reliant on third-party suppliers
  • Wholesale or distribution businesses and manufacturers (unless their business model includes direct sales to the end consumer)

examples of eligible expenses

All eligible costs must be directly tied to the sale of goods and services online

  • Costs related to the implementation or improvement of a digital e-commerce plan such as:
    • online reservation/booking tools
    • online ordering systems
    • electronic payments
    • Search engine optimization (SEO)
    • Social media advertising

Pro Tip: Your roadmap cannot be used solely for SEO or Social Media Advertising; these activities need to be tied to overall eCommerce implementation plan

  • Development or upgrading of an e-commerce website
    • installation of an e-commerce platform such as WordPress, Wix, etc. (including subscription fees/costs);

Pro Tip: Redesign of an existing site is not eligible and yet upgrading of a site is – it is imperative to use the same terminology on your roadmap as found in the eligibility list on the government website.

  • Back-office solutions to support an e-commerce strategy
  • Creation of customer databases
  • Hiring a consultant/agency to execute Digital Marketing initiatives related to your e-commerce store
  • Software:
    • To track and manage product inventory, as well as fulfill and ship orders
      for product databases
    • to track sales, market to customers, offer discounts, maintain a loyalty program
    • to simplify marketing
    • Cyber Security software or certifications
    • Hardware and accompanying software up to 20% of total grant amount
      • As for examples of limited coverage for software, it would be any software that is bought with the equipment that is required to support an e-commerce strategy. For instance, if a small business buys a new e-commerce integrated point of sale (POS) system that costs $1,300 (including software), CDAP will cover 20% or $260.

Pro Tip: The person completing the application form must also be listed in the articles of incorporation, your application will be rejected automatically.

Pssst…we've got so many tips to share with you! So get ready to start spending someone else's money & Making your own!

Let Us Help You Access and Make The Most Of CDAP Funding. Reach Out Today For More Information About The Program, Your Eligibility, And Your Transformation Opportunities!

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No, a business is only eligible for one grant of $2,400 per entity.

At least one employee, full-time or part-time, who has been employed for at least three months prior to the application. Owner excluded.

No, each business must submit their paid receipts for their eligible expense to be reimbursed.

Your business just needs to be able to be accessed by consumers (consumer-facing). A consumer-facing business is one that sells products or services directly to end consumers. It may have a bricks-and-mortar presence as well as an online presence. Businesses that are not considered consumer-facing are those that focus primarily on wholesale trade or sell only to other businesses. Businesses that engage in drop shipping or online reselling are also not considered consumer-facing.

A business that sells to other businesses or engages in wholesale trade may be considered a consumer-facing business if it also sells directly to end consumers.

To ensure your business meets the eligibility requirements, please have the following information ready for the application:

  • Business name
  • Business owner’s name and contact information
  • Business structure
  • Number of years in business
  • Alberta business registration number
  • Articles of incorporation document for upload
  • Industry type and NAICS code
  • Proof Of Payroll Source Deductions Paid (PD7A and Paystub) for upload (mandatory)

    It is preferred that your business provide a government document that confirms its business registration. If you provide only a GST/HST number, the number will need to be verified via the GST/HST registry.
Indigenous businesses must provide one of the following documents:

  • A government document that confirms their business (e.g., incorporation or registration documents, CRA documents)
  • A GST/HST number (verified via the GST/HST registry)
  • Proof of business registration with a Band Council.

    Business registration with a Band Council is a form of proof that only Indigenous businesses have the option of providing if they don’t have the other two forms of proof (government document or GST/HST number, which are preferred). This rule doesn’t apply to non-Indigenous businesses. A screenshot of a CRA account is acceptable as long as they capture the relevant information and can be verified. The business registration number or GST/HST number can be confirmed via a separate database or directory.

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