The Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) helps growth-oriented Canadian businesses to expand by helping them access the key government services they need to grow, such as financing, exporting, innovation and business advice.
The only Canadian bank dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help businesses grow and succeed through flexible financing, business consulting and venture capital. As Canada's business development bank, they work with entrepreneurs in all industries and stages of development, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a progressive trade agreement that upholds and promotes the values that Canada shares with the EU. This landmark agreement was signed on October 30, 2016 and entered into force on September 21, 2017.
Canada's new anti-spam law was passed in December 2010 and, following a Governor in Council order, it entered into force on July 1, 2014. The law will help to protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace. On January 15, 2015, sections of the Act related to the unsolicited installation of computer programs or software came into force.
For more than 120 years, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has been helping companies navigate international markets. Canadian trade commissioners are located in more than 160 cities worldwide, and can provide you with key business insights and access to an unbeatable network of international contacts.
The CPTPP is a new free trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Once the CPTPP enters into force, it will be one of the largest free trade agreements in the world and will provide enhanced market access to key Asian markets.
The Community Futures Program is a Government of Canada initiative which supports 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Ontario— FedDev Ontario works with the 37 CFDCs in rural Eastern and Southern Ontario, while FedNor works with the 24 organizations in the North. CFDCs offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth. The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation falls under this program.
In response to Ontario's economic challenges, Budget 2009 provided more than $1 billion over five years for a new Southern Ontario development agency. The agency's programs will support economic and community development, innovation, and economic diversification, with contributions to communities, businesses, and non-profit organizations. It will help workers, communities, and businesses in Southern Ontario position themselves to take advantage of opportunities, as economic growth recovers in Canada and around the world.
The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) ensures federally regulated financial entities comply with consumer protection measures, promotes financial education and raises consumers’ awareness of their rights and responsibilities. On their website and Facebook page they provide valuable information for managing money and debt at all phases of life. Great tutorials for students to retirees as well as info about consumer rights pertaining to financial institutions.
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-proﬁt organization that provides ﬁnancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.
We provide innovation and funding services customized to your specific needs. Our goal? To help you accelerate the growth of your business through innovation and technology. Our Program helps firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace.
The starting point to Industry Canada's huge business and consumer information site. Follow the simple alphabetical index for quick access to a long list of resources. Also information about the Small Business Financing program.
Encouraging Canadians to develop science, tech, engineering, and math skills to compete in the global economy. To ensure we have diverse representation in these fields and that we attract both Canadian and international talent.
Innovative Solutions Canada is a new program with over $100 million dedicated to supporting the scale up and growth of Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs by having the federal government act as a first customer. Twenty participating federal departments and agencies will set aside a portion of funding to support the creation of innovative solutions by Canadian small businesses.
Small Business Services (SBS) is part of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). We help Ontario entrepreneurs access government business information and services.
Venture capital (VC) is a specialized type of private equity financing that takes educated risks on great ideas and smart people, giving young, high growth-potential companies the opportunity to develop their ideas into marketable products. In addition to capital, VC investors bring operational experience, technical knowledge, networks and mentorship to the firms in which they invest. A strong and steady stream of VC investments is an essential element in the success of many of Canada's potential future technology leaders.
A centre-piece of Budget 2018, the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy is a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, talent, networks and expertise. It highlights the Government of Canada's commitment to create a diverse, inclusive economy that supports prosperity and a better quality of life for all.
211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthen Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians become more engaged with their communities. 211’s award-winning telephone helpline (2-1-1) and website provide a gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and related government services. 211 helps to navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 150 languages.
Whether you're a community leader, an economic development professional or citizen volunteer, this site may help you identify the program that is right for your project. Learn about Economic Funding Programs, Tools and Resources, as well as Education, Research, Employment, Business, Industry, Rural Agricultural, Technology, Infrastructure, Green energy and ecology.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities, and research hospitals. We also support and invest in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial. Another expanding focus for OCE is the development of the next generation of innovators through our entrepreneurship fellowships and programs for students and youth across Ontario.
Ontario Job Creation Partnerships is an employment program that provides work experience to unemployed job seekers within projects that benefit the community or local economy. At the end of their participation, participants in the program will have recent work experience and additional skills to add to their résumés, increasing their chances of successfully finding long-term employment.
This website has been made so you can get a better understanding about Bruce County, Grey County, and Huron County. Whether you need short-term housing, want exclusive offers from local businesses or want more information about the surrounding communities, you will find it all here.
Got a great idea for a new business? Win financial support and training by "pitching" your idea at the annual PitchIt Minto competition! The competition is geared towards entrepreneurs that wish to open, purchase, expand or relocate a business within the Town of Minto.
Everything you need to know about starting a business in Bruce County - lots of local information, maps and contacts, plus background information on all the major communities in the area. Great resources here!
SOFII provides interest-bearing business loans to support innovation and growth in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the region. A total of $20 million was contributed to the two regional SOFII funds, which are self-sustaining, revolving loan funds, delivered in their respective territories.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a catalyst that enables Ontarians to work together to enhance the quality of life in their communities. We believe that communities across Ontario are rich in talent, creativity and drive, and our grants stimulate communities to build on these assets.
The go-to website for Canadian statistics for everything to do with population demographics, health, education, industry and much more. Statistics for towns and villages all the way up to the entire country. Great for market research.
Contact Nord is Ontario’s distance education and training network. It is a non-profit corporation funded by the Government of Ontario. It offers access to education opportunities through on-line learning to over 4 million Ontarians in 600 small, remote, rural, Aboriginal and Francophone communities across the province.
Open College Online Studies
Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 100 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become Australia’s leader in online learning. We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.
With the strength of over 109,000 small business owners from coast-to-coast – entrepreneurs just like you – the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the big voice for small businesses. For over 40 years, they have represented the interests of the small business community to all three levels of government in their fight for tax fairness, reasonable labour laws and reduction of regulatory paper burden. They offer lobbying, business support and counselling and training for its members.
Comprised of 15 counties or single-tier municipalities plus 7 separate cities, operating out of Stratford to strengthen the economic development of South Western Ontario. Working together to achieve more.
PROBUS is a local, national and international association of retired people who come together in non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, autonomous clubs which provide regular opportunities for members to meet others in similar circumstances, with similar levels of interest, make new friends and maintain and expand their interests.
Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc. (aka Mompreneurs®), is here to support, educate, and empower moms in business. We are dedicated to bringing the businesses and talents of moms in business and female entrepreneurs into recognition for our collective community. Our network encourages and facilitates:
Connecting members to other women and businesses across Canada
Providing affordable ways for female entrepreneurs to promote their businesses
Advocating for female entrepreneurs and women in business both locally and nationally
Creating an online presence for female entrepreneurs in one centralized location
This agency is a not-for-profit organization representing 14 counties in western Ontario, the purpose of which is to enhance the prosperity and overall well-being of rural and small urban communities across the region. The members of the WOWC work collectively to influence federal, provincial and municipal legislative, regulatory and program initiatives through advocacy, research and analysis and education.