The Grow Your Business Online (GYBO) Grant Program, administered by Alacrity Canada, supports small businesses looking to adopt or improve their use of digital technologies.
This program makes funding and E-commerce Advisors available to B.C.-based businesses to help them establish or improve their digital business activities, including e-commerce and online booking services.
Alacrity educates E-commerce Advisors and then pairs them with businesses that have successfully applied.
If you want to apply to be an E-commerce Advisor, see
Your business must
Be for-profit (includes for-profit social enterprises and cooperatives)
Be a registered or incorporated business
Have at least 1 employee (in addition to the business owner)
Primarily operate in B.C.
Corporate chains, franchises, or registered charities
Representatives of multi-level marketing companies
Real estate brokerages and sales agents
Micro-grants up to $2,400
Access to an E-commerce Advisor
E-commerce Advisors will be paired with participating businesses and will work together to review existing digital strategies and make improvement plans. These Advisors will spend up to 30 hours with each business. E-commerce Advisors will provide recommendations and undertake work to make new digital systems, make changes, or make improvements. Each business and E-commerce Advisor pairing will have a dedicated Alacrity Liaison at their disposal and answer questions and resolve concerns should they arise.
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.
When will money spent be reimbursed?
Money spent on e-commerce improvements will be reimbursed upon review of receipts and/or invoices copies, with proof of payment.
What is required of my business after the program?
Businesses are asked to participate in follow-up surveys, agree to having their business information shared with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada), and agree to their business name being published as a recipient of funding.
How long is the commitment?
Businesses must agree to maintain their digital adoption strategy for 6 months post-intervention.
How do I apply?
Alacrity Canada acts as an intermediary for Grow Your Business Online Program on behalf of the Canadian Government. If you apply for CDAP funding through Alacrity, we will be the ones supporting you and your growth.
Documents and info you need to have ready:
- One of the following:
A government document proving the legal existence of the business (e.g., incorporation or registration documents, CRA business number, operating/business license),
Federal Business Number GST/HST number
Proof of business registration with a Band Council (Indigenous businesses only)
- PD7A document (statement of account) showing Payroll Source Deductions — the employee must have been working for the business for at least 3 months. Find this form in your CRA Business Account.
- Industry type and NAICS code
- Number of years in business (since business registration)
- A paragraph explaining how funds will be used towards eligible expenditures
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.