National and Provincial Business Development Programs

There are a number of National and Provincial programs and funds which can provide aid to entrepreneurs.  Whether you are a young student with a business idea, a veteran who is looking to create a business start-up or a woman business owner with expansion plans these resources maybe of interest to you.
 

General Programs

Business Development Bank of Canada 
https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/home.aspx
The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only exclusive bank devoted to entrepreneurs.  This resource and their team of representatives can assist entrepreneurs with the creation of a business plan to financing terms to mentoring services.


Canada Small Business Financing Program 
http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/csbfp-pfpec.nsf/eng/home
This Government of Canada program, administered through Industry Canada, can provide entrepreneurs with capital to purchase or expand a business.


Youth/Young Entrepreneur Programs

Summer Company 
https://www.ontario.ca/page/summer-company-program-guidelines
This Government of Ontario program is eligible to young Ontario entrepreneurs aged 15 – 29 who wish to start a new independent business and are attending school.  This program provides non-refundable financing in allotments to first-time eligible applicants who spend a pre-determined amount of time on their business dependant on their school status.    
 

Futurpreneur Canada
https://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/get-started/financing-and-mentoring/ 
Offering financing, mentoring and expertise to get your start-up off the ground.  If you’re 18-39 and ready to launch a business, Futurpreneur Canada can help.


Service Personnel Program

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur
https://www.princesoperationentrepreneur.ca/
This national program offers various levels of business workshops and support services for military members who are transitioning, veterans or spouses of military personnel.


Women Entrepreneurial Program
 

Women Entrepreneurship Fund   
https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/128.nsf/eng/h_00000.html

This Government of Canada program seeks to ensure full and equal participation from women in business development.  The empowerment initiatives focus on supporting women entrepreneurs who are pursuing international market opportunities or considering business expansion and growth.