In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada announced the $4 billion Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) to help grow your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost or help digitalize your business’s operations.
CDAP provides funding and support to businesses, as well as training and work opportunities for young Canadians.
As a consumer-facing small businesses, you can receive help and funding to adopt new e-commerce tools.
Is a for-profit business (including for-profit social enterprises and co-operatives)
Is a consumer-facing business
(Businesses that are not considered consumer-facing are those that focus primarily on wholesale trade or sell only to other businesses.)
Businesses that engage in drop shipping or online reselling are also not considered Consumer Facing
Can be accessed by consumers or provides in-person services to consumers
Has at least one employee or the Business had a gross annual revenue of at least $30,000 in the previous fiscal year
Must commit to maintaining digital adoption strategy for six months after participation in the program
Must consent to participating in follow-up surveys, sharing information with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada), and having the name of the business published as a recipient of funding
Is a registered or incorporated business
Corporate chains, franchises or registered charities
Businesses that focus primarily on wholesale trade or sell only to other businesses.
Representatives of multi-level marketing companies
Real estate brokerages
Businesses that engage in online reselling or drop shipping businesses reliant on third party suppliers
Wholesale or distribution businesses and manufactureers
(Unless their business model includes direct sales to the end consumer)
The goal of the grant is to enable businesses to serve existing customers more effectively and to attract new customers in the digital marketplace.