Support for businesses

Last updated November 22, 2022
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Business is an important part of Montréal’s economy. The city and its partners are mobilizing to offer support that is tailored to merchants’ reality.

Financial assistance

Funding for businesses

The Fonds Entrepreneuriat commercial offers subsidies to support commercial project implementation and development or recovery activities for businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. Customized guidance is also offered by PME MTL, Montréal’s business support network. Learn more

Financial assistance for businesses affected by major construction

Eligible businesses located in an area affected by major construction can receive financial assistance of up to $40,000 per fiscal year. Learn more (in French)

Support for commercial renovation

Montréal offers grants to eligible business and building owners to promote the renovation of facades and commercial premises and improve universal accessibility :

Advisory services

Support for development of a business project

PME MTL offers free support to business owners on the island of Montréal to develop their business project.

  • Business plan optimization
  • Analysis of market research and response to local needs
  • Support for setting up a new business
  • Assistance with the digital shift and the challenges related to e-commerce
  • Referrals to specialized resources and strategic partners

Economic development commissioners in Montréal’s boroughs offer free support to entrepreneurs who want to start a company or implement a business. Learn more about how to buy a commercial space, carry out renovation work, install a sign or commercial terrace or get an occupancy permit. Learn more

Guidance in optimizing business practices

Merchants on the island of Montréal can register for “PME en mouvement” (in French), a support program developed by the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD). A number of issues can be explored as part of the program, including :

  • Sustainable development and circular economy
  • Communication and marketing
  • Supply and logistics
  • Brand image

Practical tools

Envoi Montréal

To simplify the shipping of purchases, Montréal merchants can now take advantage of a simple, practical tool. Envoi Montréal offers competitive shipping fees and more environmentally friendly means of delivery. For further information

Delivery platforms for the restaurant sector

Montréal restaurant owners can take advantage of affordable ordering and delivery service platforms. These platforms offer fairer commissions and let users reduce their operating costs. For further information

Design Guide for Resilient Businesses

Montréal has made a guide available to merchants to help them revisit the design of their business with a view to resilience and mitigating the impacts of the pandemic. Learn more

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