The business support ecosystem has mobilized to offer technical solutions to the challenges that Montréal businesses are facing during the pandemic
After the call for proposals the city launched to non-profits on April 9, 17 organizations were selected to offer technical support solutions to Montréal businesses dealing with challenges around the COVID-19 crisis: operations management, supply, developing business models, technical training, etc.
$1 million to support 2,625 businesses
In total, some 2,625 businesses will get direct support through these projects, and $1 million was set aside for the call for proposals. The cost of the proposals that were selected varies between $11,717 and $150,000 for an average cost around $58,000. Financially supported projects cover a variety of sectors of activity. Four involve business, three involve social economy, three involve entrepreneurship, two involve arts and creative industries, two involve industrial/manufacturing, one involves food processing, one involves IT and one involves the medical field.
Projects for companies in the Montréal agglomeration
Other than the Association Centre-Ville de Lachine, the Comité and the CCEM, whose projects target, respectively, Lachine’s Rue Notre-Dame, the SCD Quartier Fleury Ouest and eastern Montréal, all projects will benefit all businesses and industries located within Montréal’s city limits.
Selected proposals stood out because of the organizations’ ability to implement and drive the project; the relevance of the proposed project to respond to the needs of businesses facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 situation; the geographic and sectoral scope of the project; the number, type and size of companies that would benefit from the project; the short-term feasibility in the current context; and the budget and relationship between the project’s cost and the number of businesses that could potentially be supported.
The organizations that the city will fund are: Architecture sans frontières Québec (in French), Association Centre-Ville de Lachine, Bureau de Prod (in French), Chambre de commerce de l’Est de Montréal (in French), Conseil des industries bioalimentaires de l’Île de Montréal (in French), Consortium de ressources et d’expertises coopératives, École des entrepreneurs du Québec (in French), Espaces Temps, Fintech Cadence (in French), Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec (in French), Insertech Angus (in French), Le Comité, Montréal In Vivo (in French), Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (in French), Sous-traitance industrielle Québec, Techno Mtl and YES Montréal.
Montréal businesses that would like technical support can contact these organizations directly.