Grants and Funding

Small Business Accelerator: A Starter Company Plus Program 

  • ​Business Training Program, mentoring and up to $5000 for those 18+ wanting to start, buy or expand a business
  • Learn more about Starter Company Plus. 
  • Applications are now closed for 2021

 

Applications are now closed for 2021.  You should subscribe to our newsletter to be notified if and when applications will re-open.



Other Grants and Funding Resources 

Summer Company 

  • ​Business Training, mentoring and up to $3000 for full time students aged 15-29 in school or returning to school​​
  • Learn more about Summer Company. 

 

UPDATE: Program is now closed for 2021.  Thank you to everyone who applied

Other Funding Resources 

​Below are some financial related resources for your business! There are loans and grants available for business owners.
 
Financing Options
  • Grants, Contributions and Financial Assistance
  • Summer Company: Business training, mentoring and up to $3,000 for full-time students aged 15-29 in school or returning to school
  • Starter Company Plus: Business training program, mentoring and up to $5,000 for those 18+ wanting to start, buy or expand a business​
  • Futurpreneur: Apply for up to $60,000 to launch or buy a new business or grow one that’s been fully operating for less than 12 months.  This is for people between the ages of 18-39
  • Access Community Capital: Access offer loans to people with poor or no credit, no collateral, or anyone unable to get a loan from a major bank. They use a character-based lending model, which means they consider your character, skills and motivation when you apply.
  • Rise Assets: Provides microfinancing and mentorship to entrepreneurs living with mental health and addiction challenges interested in pursuing self-employment. Business loans, leases, and other investments are offered depending on the stage of development, needs and capacity of each business.
  • Banks:  all banking institutions offer financing options for businesses.  Connect with the bank you deal with for your personal banking

The best tool to search for government programs and financing is through the interactive business benefits finder at innovation.canada.ca
 
The Benefits Finder is a tool that can help you find Benefits and Services that you may be eligible to receive. It asks a few questions and uses your answers to search. It does not collect or track your information. The more questions you answer, the more customized and accurate your results will be.
 
 
Alternatively, we suggest registering for a free program on How Do You Finance A Small Business?
 
It is essential to understand all potential sources of funding, along with the pros and cons of each. Then carefully consider which one will work best for you and your business. This session will help you form a plan to get the money needed to start your business.
 

Key takeaways include:

  • Financing Options
  • Pros and Cons
  • Financing Decision Tree
You can enroll for free here