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
Micro-grants up to $2,400
Access to E-Commerce Advisors
Access to an
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.
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.
Funds will be reimbursed upon review of receipts and/or invoices copies, with proof of payment.
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.
Small Business Recipients must commit to maintain digital adoption strategy for 6 months post intervention.
Business applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria: :
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.
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.
Alacrity Canada will review submitted and complete applications against eligibility criteria. Applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks with an update of their application.
Applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will be conditionally approved for the program and will receive a grant letter along with their grant agreement.
Once the applicant signs the grant agreement, they will be approved into the program.
Approved applicants are then matched with E-Commerce Advisors to facilitate implementing their e-Commerce proposal.