Financing your new business
Entrepreneurs often report that getting financing is the most challenging aspect of starting a business. There are both government and private-sector sources of financing that you can tap into to get your business off the ground.
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The government provides financing to help entrepreneurs like you start a business. Some of this financing is targeted at specific demographic groups and industry sectors, and some of it is available to a wider audience. The financing includes grants and contributions (which generally do not have to be repaid), loans, and loan guarantees (which generally do have to be repaid).
- BDC Buying a business
Find out how you may get financing to buy an existing business.
- BDC Capital
Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of growth of your business.
- BDC Financing for starting a business
Learn how you could get a loan to start or buy a business or to buy property or equipment to set up your business.
- BDC Small Business Loan — for existing business
Get a loan of up to $50,000 within 5 business days. There are no fees or hassles and the entire process is online.
- BDC business loans
You could get money to help you start or grow your business.
- BDC growth capital for aboriginal business
Find out how you could get money to help start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- Business Start Program
Are you ready to begin your business journey? Access this 3-day business workshop and loan guarantee program to start things off on the right foot.
- Canada Small Business Financing Program
Access funds for your small business with the help of this loan guarantee program.
- Canadian Agricultural Loans Act program
Find out how this loan guarantee could help you secure credit for your farming business.
- Community Futures Manitoba
Find out about loans to start or grow a business if you live in rural and northern Manitoba.
- Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities: Financing
If you are a Francophone living in Manitoba, you may be able to get financing to start or grow a business.
Are you a person with a disability looking to start a business in a rural community? Support may be available.
- Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
If you are an entrepreneur with a disability and you live in Western Canada, you could get help to start or grow a business.
- FACTOR funding for the sound recording industry
If your business operates in the English sound recording industry in Canada, you could qualify for funding to support various business activities.
- Farm Credit Canada — loans and lending options
You could access flexible financing options for your farming, agri-food or agribusiness operation.
- 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 the ages of 18 and 39? 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.
- Neighbourhoods Alive! Tax Credit
Interested in starting a social enterprise? You could receive a tax credit to help you.
- Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
If you are a person with disabilities who wants to start a business or if would like to hire someone with a disability, you could qualify for funds.
- Self Employment Program
Are you collecting Employment and Income Assistance? Are you ready to be your own boss? The Self Employment Program might be the next step for you.
- TechFutures Program
Are you a young entrepreneur with a technology-driven business idea? You could receive financial support to launch your business.
- The Prince's Operation Entrepreneur
If you are a transitioning Canadian Forces member looking to establish a small business, this program could be for you.
- Women's Enterprise Centre (Manitoba)
Are you a woman entrepreneur looking to start, expand or purchase a business? Get help to improve your business skills and acquire financing.
- Young Entrepreneurs Program
If you are a young entrepreneur between 18-29 years old, you could receive a grant to help set up your business.
You can also turn to the private sector for financing for your business. You can look to Canada's major financial institutions, such as banks, credit unions, and cooperatives. Depending on the type of business you want to start, you might also be able to secure venture capital or financing from angel investors.
- Sources of private sector financing
Find out about the debt and equity financing available from the private sector for your business needs.
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