May 11, 2023
Dear Friends and Neighbours,
Emerging businesses and new start-ups bring jobs and a variety of services to the communities they serve and help bolster the local economy. That is one of the reasons why the City of Toronto highlights an array of tools, initiatives, and targeted supports to assist businesses in the early stages of their development. Here are some examples of what is available:
- Funding for Black and Indigenous Entrepreneurs - The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Program provides loans of up to $250,000 to Black businesses and entrepreneurs. Additionally, the Indigenous Arts & Culture Partnerships Fund offers individuals and groups up to $10,000 or $30,000 of funding to go towards Indigenous arts and culture projects.
- Hiring Grants – The Ontario Apprenticeship Programs and the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit support employers who train apprenticeships with financial incentives and refundable tax credits.
- Small Business Loans – The City of Toronto showcases a number of small business loans, some of which are targeted towards young start-up owners and people with disabilities. To access the full list of funding options and supports listed on the City of Toronto website, please visit this link: Funding for Small Businesses – City of Toronto
Our Environment Day on Sunday, April 16 at the Esther Shiner stadium was a great success! Thank you to those who came out. To all who couldn't make it, the office will be hosting another Environment Day on August 22, 2023, at Downsview Park. Please visit my website for future updates and to RSVP closer to the date: http://jamespasternak.ca/environmentdays/
This is a great opportunity for everyone to drop off batteries, electronics, paints, solvents, and other chemicals as well as used toner cartridges. And don't forget, we'll be giving out free compost for gardens.
My team and I are always ready to respond to your questions and alleviate your concerns. You can connect with us via phone at 416-392-1371 or by email at email@example.com.
City Councillor for Ward 6 – York Centre
Chair, North York Community Council
Chair, General Government Committee