Financing from non-government organizations 

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Look beyond traditional funding sources. There may be not-for-profit or community-based organizations that can offer you financing or direct you towards financing. These organizations are often set up to help business owners in a specific geographic region or demographic group. Your success is their success!

Organizations offering financing

These not-for-profit and community-based organizations either offer financing or can help you access financing.

  • ACCESS Community Capital Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Access loans of up to $5,000 to start a business in the Greater Toronto Area.

  • Black Creek Micro-Credit Program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could be eligible for a loan of up to $5,000, as well as business support, to start your business in Black Creek, Toronto.

  • Futurpreneur Canada Newcomer Program

    If you are between the ages of 18 and 39 and have lived in Canada for less than 60 months you can apply for financing to start a business.

  • Futurpreneur Canada Start-Up Program

    Are you between 18 and 39 years old? If you are a Canadian resident with a good business idea, you could get $15,000 or more to start or run a business full-time.

  • Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund

    As a young entrepreneur with a social or environmental goal you may be eligible for loans of up to $25,000 to start or grow a business.

  • Export Market Access — A global expansion program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you have at least 5 employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a grant of 50% on costs to grow export sales.

  • Ottawa Community Loan Fund
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Apply for short-term loans of up to $15,000 for your Ottawa-area business or entrepreneurship project.

  • Rise Asset Development
    Applies only to: Ontario

    If you are an entrepreneur facing mental health or addiction challenges you could get $300 to $10,000 to help start, grow or promote your business.

Other organizations offering business support

There are a variety of organizations that offer business assistance in the form of business development, coaching services, or networking opportunities. Often these organizations can also help you access financing.

  • Business support organizations

    Seeking the advice of peers, professional business counsellors and coaches can help you transition from new business owner to experienced entrepreneur.

Government financing delivered by not-for-profit organizations

Some government agencies provide funding to not-for-profit organizations to deliver financing services to entrepreneurs. These programs are listed in our government grants and financing section.