Supporting the local economy throughout the global pandemic has been a top priority for the City of Vaughan. New measures and programs have been launched! All Economic and Cultural Development initiatives, forms, and access to assistance are now available at vaughanbusiness.ca . During the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the City of Vaughan remains committed to working with all levels of government to stand up for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and to maintain the competitiveness of the local economy.
Small business remains the backbone of Vaughan’s economy. Last April, Members of Council launched the #ShopVaughanLocal initiative to provide relief to the business community and to help ease the financial burden caused by COVID-19. There are many ways to show your local love with #ShopVaughanLocal – even from the comfort of home. You can make a difference by:
- Ordering takeout or delivery from a local restaurant
- Shopping in-store or ordering online from local businesses
- Sharing your local love using #ShopVaughanLocal on social media platforms
- Buying gift cards from local businesses to use at a later date
Virtual Business Advisory Services
The City offers virtual business advisory services to support with registering a business, business planning, accessing government assistance programs and more.
Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
We offer advice to entrepreneurs and businesses of all stages and sizes. Whether you’re mulling your first business idea or looking for solutions to complicated business challenges, we’re here to help.
- Business Name Registration
- Book a Consultation
- Becoming an Entrepreneur
- Small Business Centres (SBC) Ontario
Fund Your Business:
As a business, you may be eligible for government funding to help you expand or modernize. Learn more about some of the newest and most popular programs.
Grow, Expand or Relocate:
The Business Development Unit can help you expand or relocate in Vaughan. We can help by supporting your real estate search, connecting you to the right people, sharing information on Vaughan, and advising on other opportunities and challenges.
The City of Vaughan can help you both find strategic partners and offer partnership opportunities to grow your business. We facilitate networking through events, entrepreneurship programming and our online networking platform, the Vaughan Business Café. Ask for tailored suggestions by contacting us or signing up for a complimentary one-hour consultation with our team.
The City of Vaughan also offers a variety of partnership opportunities and customized sponsorships through the Corporate Partnerships program. From purchasing the Naming Rights to a city facility, to program partnerships and infrastructure support, we can customize a B2B or B2C opportunity that not only meets your business objectives but also allows you to give back through an investment in your community.
Support for Tourism Organizations:
The Tourism, Arts and Culture unit and the newly launched Tourism Vaughan Corporation are working to develop Vaughan’s tourism sector. Our initiatives support Vaughan-based tourism organizations and businesses by offering:
- Exposure – extended reach to visitors through marketing opportunities.
- Knowledge – a better understanding of visitors to Vaughan through reports and insights.
- Community – fostering a strong network of peers and industry leaders through network opportunities.
Open for Business
The City is committed to supporting businesses, consumers and all citizens and has developed an online list of local businesses that are open during the current state of emergency. This voluntary listing includes both essential services and businesses that have modified operations and provide goods and services by phone, online, take out or delivery. The public is encouraged to take appropriate safety precautions at all times and observe social distancing requirements for their safety and the safety of others.
Vaughan businesses wishing to list their services, may submit an application for review.
Vaughan Rising Podcast
Produced by the City of Vaughan’s Economic and Cultural Development department, the Vaughan Rising Podcast explores Vaughan as the place for business and as a leader in city-building. While season one covered the city’s commercial real estate scene and mega-developments, season two builds on this momentum – addressing the major economic impact of COVID-19 and sharing how the Vaughan business community is responding to physical distancing restrictions in bold and innovative ways.
The Vaughan Rising Blog accompanying the podcast delves into ways Vaughan businesses can adapt in an eventual post-COVID-19 economy by providing practical resources. Hosted by Economic Development Officer Michelle Samson, season two of the podcast features 10 episodes, 10 to 15 minutes each, examining the resilience of Vaughan’s businesses community during COVID-19 and talking to leaders who are pivoting, innovating and doing what it takes to make it through to the other side of the pandemic.
Vacant Employment Land Directory
The City of Vaughan has one of the largest supplies of vacant employment lands in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Vacant Employment Land Directory details all vacant land parcels (sites) designated for industrial, office and commercial development within the City of Vaughan’s Employment Areas (EA)—isolated employment parcels excluded.
The City continues to offer and promote events for local businesses and entrepreneurs to attend virtually and network with others in their industry. For a list of events for businesses, continue to check vaughanbusiness.ca/events. Get ready to learn about a wide range of topics such as expanding your patio, selling on social media, building credibility, product design, and product launches!
Vaughan Business Resilience Plan
Last year, the City launched the Vaughan Business Resilience Plan (PDF) as an immediate and long-term plan to help Vaughan’s business community build capacity to adapt to the post-COVID-19 world. Through this plan, the Economic and Cultural Development department helps businesses and the economy build resilience; builds resilience into key economic opportunities and strategic sectors like healthcare, supply-chain and manufacturing, and tourism; and shares Vaughan’s reimagined public spaces within physical distancing guidelines and invite the community to experience Vaughan’s culture and arts.