Digital Main Street


Digital Main Street offers programs and services to help small businesses improve their digital literacy and help them thrive in the face of new challenges. The program was initially built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and Digital Service Squads*, teams of highly trained recent graduates who help main street businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology.

*Each municipality in Halton region currently has a Digital Service Squad (DSS) available to help main street businesses in Business Improvement Area (BIA) catchments. If your business is a member of a BIA, please contact them for information on how the DSS can help you with your website and digital marketing efforts.


Digital Main Street (DMS), in partnership with FedDev Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced its new Future Proof Program on August 19, 2020.

With Future Proof, DMS aims to expand their support and create lasting change for small businesses across Ontario. The Future Proof program is designed to have regions explore what is possible when we work together. It offers three streams of support (click these links for more information about each stream):

If you have any questions about how your business or organization can participate in Digital Main Street, please reach out to our program lead, Lee St James:

“Helping Main Street get back on its feet starts with supporting local small businesses to grow and adapt to today’s world. The Future Proof program will provide the support small businesses need to transform their operations to meet the challenges of today and opportunities of tomorrow.”

— The Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.