Commercial activities are resuming as the lockdown and many of the health restrictions are lifted. Montréal is continuing to mobilize in support of its merchants as they adapt to a new context.
This series of tools and measures, which were launched by the city or its partner organizations, is specifically for Montréal merchants.
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 experts from PME MTL, Montréal’s business support network. Learn more
The small business assistance program, which is managed by PME MTL, gives small businesses access to capital in the form of loans in order to maintain, consolidate or boost business activity that has been affected by the pandemic. Learn more
Assistance for bars and restaurants
PME MTL, The Fonds de relance des bars et des restaurants du centre-ville, which is managed by PME MTL, offers subsidies to offset the financial impact of business closings in the red zone, such as bars and restaurants. 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 merchants and building owners to promote the renovation of facades and commercial premises :
Financial help for Businesses in Areas Spanned by the Express Bike Network
This program allows businesses in an area spanned by the EBN to receive a subsidy of up to $5,000 per year in order to support them during construction operations.
The subsidy amount is based on the area covered by the establishment:
- Area smaller than or equal to 186 m2: $2,500
- Area larger than 186 m2 but smaller than 464 m2: $3,750
- Area equal to or larger than 464 m2: $5,000
Support for development of a business project
Commercial entrepreneurs can take advantage of free coaching from PME MTL 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
Guidance in optimizing digital marketing
Merchants on the island of Montréal can sign up for the digital consultation program developed by the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (CQCD). The program’s benefits include:
- Consultation with a digital marketing and e-commerce expert
- Access to a digital marketing toolbox
- Webinars and online training
- Access to special content that is exclusive to CQCD members
Online sales guidance for merchants
Selling online is more important than ever. Through a city program with the Cégep André-Laurendeau, merchants can obtain personalized guidance and training from electronic marketing advisors to help them develop an action plan, choose providers and set up an online store. For further information
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 restaurant owners
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
For owners and companies, the 2021 municipal property tax instalments have been delayed. The first instalment is now due on June 1 and the second instalment is due on September 1. The annual tax accounts for the year 2021 will be sent out at the end of February.
For merchants near a commercial development corporation area, the 2021 SDC dues instalments have been delayed. The first instalment is now due on June 1 and the second instalment is due on September 1. The dues for the year 2021 will be sent out at the end of February.
Contact Affaires Montréal