Canada Digital Adoption Program

For Businesses

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Designed for symbiosis, this program has two parts. One side supports businesses digitize. The other provides digital marketing education to students, and grows them into E-commerce advisors. These students turned advisors are connected to businesses in the program and will apply what they’ve learned to help them grow online.

If you are looking to apply as an E-Commerce Advisor, see 

Grow Your Business Online

In BC, the Grow Your Business Online Program administered by Alacrity Canada will support small businesses that haven’t yet adopted digital technologies, to take advantage of e-commerce opportunities. 

Businesses will receive:

Adopted Digital Technologies

E-commerce Opportunities

Micro-grants up to $2,400

Access to E-Commerce Advisors

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                              Access to an

                                E-Commerce Advisor

E-Commerce Advisors will be available, at no cost to the business, to review current digital strategy and requirements, provide a recommendation on strategies for digital marketing, social media, SEO, paid advertising, and analytics to help you determine the best options for your business.

A dedicated Alacrity Liaison will be assigned to manage all aspects of the E-Commerce Advisor assignments to the business, answer questions and resolve concerns should they arise.

E-Commerce Advisors will spend up to 30 hours working with each business on assessment, recommendation and some implementation of the solutions.

* While the services of the E-Commerce Advisor are not mandatory, it is highly recommended that small businesses take advantage of this service to help ensure that they make an informed decision.

                                 Awarded Funding

 

Approval of funding to successful applicants will be conditional upon the terms and conditions set out in the grant letter received upon acceptance into the program.

Following project completion, the business must submit the expense summary report along with receipts and/or invoice copies, with proof of payment, for all eligible project related expenses within 90 days, to Alacrity Canada.

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When will funds be reimbursed?

Funds will be reimbursed upon review of receipts and/or invoices copies, with proof of payment.

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What is required of my business after the program?

A business will be required to consent to participating in follow-up surveys, having their information shared with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada), and having the name of their business published as a recipient of funding.

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How long is the commitment?

Small Business Recipients must commit to maintain digital adoption strategy for 6 months post intervention.

Eligibility Requirements

Business applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria: :

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A for-profit business (including for profit social enterprises and cooperatives)

A registered or incorporated business

A consumer-facing business

A business that can be accessed by customers or provides in person services to customers

A business with a minimum of one employee (other than the business owner)

The business’s sole or primary operations are located in B.C

Does not currently have digital technology or requires digital technology improvements

Businesses ineligible for application :

Corporate chains, franchises, or registered charities

Representatives of multi-level marketing companies

Real estate brokerages and sales agents

How do I apply? 

Alacrity Canada acts as an intermediary for GYOB Program on behalf of the Canadian Government. Should you apply through us, we’ll be the ones supporting  you and your growth.

 Applicants will be asked to share…

  • Business and Owners contact information
  • One of the following:
      • A government document that confirms the business (e.g., incorporation or registration documents, CRA business number, operating/business license,); or
      • Federal Business Number
        GST/HST number; or
      • (Indigenous businesses only) Proof of business registration with a Band Council
  • A government document that confirms the payment of Payroll Source Deductions paid (the employee must have been working at the business for at least three (3) months)
  • Industry type and NAICS code
  • Number of years in business
  • A proposal how funds will be used against the eligible cost categories 

Flip through the slider below to learn about the application process. 

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Step 1

Complete the online application, demonstrating that you meet the eligibility criteria, provide required documents and submit your proposal for the implementation or improvement of digital technologies.

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Step 2.

Alacrity Canada will review submitted and complete applications against eligibility criteria. Applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks with an update of their application.

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Step 3

Applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will be conditionally approved for the program and will receive a grant letter along with their grant agreement. 

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Step 4

Once the applicant signs the grant agreement, they will be approved into the program.

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Step 5

Approved applicants are then matched with E-Commerce Advisors to facilitate implementing their e-Commerce proposal.

 Things to know…

Grants will be awarded in the order received. The application form must be submitted and approved by Alacrity Canada before the project begins. Meeting the program intake criteria does not guarantee that the application will be approved for funding. Applicants must ensure that the application form and all required information and attachments are completed and submitted. An incomplete application cannot be approved to receive a grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for this funding if I have an at-home business?

If your business is a consumer-facing business that can be accessed by customers or provides in person services to customers, it would be eligible (given that all other eligibility criteria are met).

I’m a sole proprietor and don’t have any employees, can I apply?

Only businesses with a minimum of one employee (other than the business owner) are eligible, the employee can be part-time. 

What proof do you require that my business has an employee?

A government document (i.e. pdf from your CRA account) that confirms the payment of Payroll Source Deductions paid. The employee must have been working at the business for at least three (3) months. (Example PD7A document)

Are non-profits eligible for this program?

Only for-profit businesses (including for-profit social enterprises and cooperatives) will be considered.

My business address is located outside of British Columbia, but I live in B.C. Can I still apply?

The program administered by Alacrity Canada is for businesses with a local B.C. address only. Please see https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/152.nsf/eng/00011.html for providers in other provinces.

Can I have a consultant apply for the Grant on behalf of my business?

No, only the business owner can apply and sign for the grant.

I have received funding from other programs, including Buy BC Partnership Program E-commerce Funding Stream or Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. Am I still eligible?

Yes. However, you will be required to declare that the programs are not used to pay the same expense twice, i.e. the funding provided through the Online Shops Program will be used toward expenses not covered by the other programs your business has participated in.

My business is part of a franchise. Am I eligible to apply for the grant?

Corporate chains, franchises, or registered charities are not eligible.

I have an e-commerce site. Am I still eligible for funding to enhance it?

If the proposal is for improvements and/or something new it may be eligible. However, a replacement of existing features would not be.

Can the grant be used for marketing / social media only?

This grant can not be used solely for marketing purposes, as the purpose of this grant program is for small businesses to create new or improve existing e-commerce solutions.

If I lose a receipt for any of my eligible expenses, can I still submit it as an eligible expense?

No. All submitted expenses will require both proof of service completed and proof of payment.

The invoices are in U.S. funds, what exchange rate will be used to reimburse these?

Micro-grant disbursements require the receipt of both an invoice and proof of payment. The exchange rate can be based on the rate stated on the credit card statement or a copy of the cancelled check.

Will the taxes on the invoices be reimbursed?

Micro-grants will be issued based on the cost of the expense(s) before taxes; tax charges will not be reimbursed.

Can I send one of my staff to a training course related to digital marketing and submit the tuition as an eligible expense?

Training costs for digital marketing are not considered an eligible expense.

I’ve already started to build/enhance my business’s e-commerce site. Are those expenses eligible?

Costs can only be incurred from the date on which your application has been deemed eligible. You can claim your micro-grant within three (3) months of your application being deemed eligible or meeting with the E-Commerce Advisor, whichever date is later. You must provide both your invoice and proof of payment within these three (3) months.

Can the grant be used to pay an employee or contractor to support digital adoption?

The micro-grant can be used to pay a contractor only if the contractor operates an independent business (registered and/or incorporated) that provides digital adoption services. The grant cannot be used to pay an employee’s salary.

I have an online shop but need to add product pictures. Could I apply all the eligible funding toward a professional photographer?

As the website already has a functioning online shop, expenses related to photography would not be eligible.

Can I submit receipts for expenses that I incurred while setting up my online shop prior to applying for this grant?

No. Costs can only be incurred from the date on which your application has been deemed eligible. You can claim your micro-grant within three (3) months of your application being deemed eligible or meeting with the E-Commerce Advisor, whichever date is later. You must provide both your invoice and proof of payment within these three (3) months.

Are the grant funds taxable revenue?

Yes. The grant funds are taxable and should be reported on your corporate tax return.

When do I submit my receipts for reimbursement?

All receipts must be submitted within 90 days from the project start date, receipts must be submitted together for a maximum amount up to $2400 and proof of payment must be provided for each receipt.

What if I still have questions?

If you have a question, support is available from Alacrity Canada. Support can be provided in both English and French at this time. Please contact Alacrity Canada by email: cdap@alacritycanada.com