RE3: Rebuild, Reopen, Revive (en français)

RE3 is a government funded program that provides non-repayable performance based contributions up to $5,000 to assist Southern Ontario women-led SMEs to rebuild, reopen and revive their businesses


With the support of FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and Northumberland CFDC are working collaboratively within our regional entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance women-led SMEs across Ontario, effectively positioning for rapid and positive post-pandemic economic recovery.

Canadian women entrepreneurs are key to our economic success as a country, and they make invaluable contributions to our communities. However, women still face unique and systemic barriers to starting and growing a business, and they remain underrepresented in our economy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women entrepreneurs. It has severely affected sectors such as retail, hospitality and food services — sectors where women entrepreneurs are most present.

For these reasons, RE3 is focused on supporting and strengthening the position of Women-led SMEs in our economic recovery, reformation and revitalization.





Online application intake opens July 13, 2020 and will remain open pending the availability of funding. For eligible applicants located in Western Ontario Region:

1. Submission – submit your application online
2. Due Diligence – WindsorEssex Economic Development will carry out review and due diligence.
3. Panel Evaluation – Evaluation by a panel of Western Ontario Eco-System Partners.
4. Committee Review – WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation Committee review and recommendation to the Board of Directors.
5. Project Selection - Decision by Board of Directors, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (Accept or Decline).

WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation reserves the right to extend the review and due diligence period where applicable in order to receive and evaluate any additional documentation and substantiation.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. No project will extend past January 29, 2021.

UPDATE: RE3 applications are now closed. All applications received as of November 11, 2020 will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified by email whether or not their project is approved for RE3 funding.

Questions? Contact a program officer at 519-253-6900 or fill out our contact form.