On behalf of the Ontario Government, thank you to the more than 400,000 small businesses who are making a difference in Ontario every day. Small businesses are the backbone of communities across the province, creating good-paying jobs and contributing new ideas to our economy.
We were fortunate to meet with many small businesses in 2022. From print shops and art studios to restaurants and local grocery stores, these Ontario success stories were heartening to hear, and we know that there are many more out there.
Our government is proud to support the hardworking small business community and help more people start and grow their businesses. Whether you run a local corner store or are building a new startup, we’re here to help with a wide range of programs to support entrepreneurs and business owners. This includes the Digital Main Street program, in which we are investing an additional $40 million over the next two years to expand.
As we build Ontario, small businesses will continue to play an important role because when Ontario’s small businesses thrive, so do local families and our economy.
Thank you to CanadianSME Small Business Magazine for highlighting and supporting Ontario’s small businesses. We look forward to working with you and the small business community in the year ahead.
Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
The Honourable Victor Fedeli is a lifelong entrepreneur, successful businessperson, and philanthropist, and serves the Ford government as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade.
His business experience led his firm Fedeli Corporation to be ranked 34th in the Top 50 Best Places to Work in Canada in 1989. It also served him well, when he was elected to two terms as Mayor of North Bay from 2003 to 2010. As Mayor, Vic focused on fiscal prudence and economic development, restoring hope and restoring solvency to North Bay.