Starting a business
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This program provides hands-on business training and financial support to help young people start up and run their own summer businesses.
- Toll-Free: 1-888-745-8888 ext 00
This program offers financial products and consulting services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs to assist them with business start-up, financial planning, business plan development, and market and product development.
- Toll-free: 1-877-BDC-BANX (1-877-232-2269)
The Canada Small Business Financing Program helps you with your financing needs. Under the program, the Government of Canada makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.
- Toll-Free: 1-866-959-1699
This program provides various types of assistance to eligible employment insurance recipients who want to start their own business.
BDC's specialized financing increases access to capital for Aboriginal entrepreneurs wanting to expand an existing business or start a new one, on or off a reserve in Canada.
- Toll-Free: 1-877-BDC-BANX (1-877-232-2269)
The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills provides information and free resources to help improve the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians.
- Toll-Free: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
- TTY: 1-800-926-9105
The Seed Capital Program provides repayable, unsecured loans to start, expand or improve a small business.
- General Inquiries: 1-888-576-4444
The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to attract applicants who intend and are able to become self-employed in Canada.
- Toll-Free: 1-888-242‑2100
- TTY: 1-888-576‑8502