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. The government provides financing to help entrepreneurs like you start a business and we have a tool where you can find everything that government has to offer.

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    Government financing

    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).

    • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
      Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
    • Ulnooweg's Aboriginal Business Loans
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      If you are a status or non-status Aboriginal living in Atlantic Canada, you could get funding to start, buy, grow or refinance a business.
    • Aboriginal Business Development Program
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are a member of the First Nations in Quebec, you could receive a non-refundable contribution to support the development of your business.
    • Indigenous Economic Development Fund — Business and Community Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible to apply for a loan for your Indigenous business in designated regions of Ontario.
    • Aboriginal Initiatives Fund III
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Your for-profit or non-profit Indigenous organization could be eligible for a grant for its economic development project.
    • Aerospace and Defence Tax Rebate
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      Your PEI aerospace and defence-related business may be eligible for a tax rebate.
    • Agriculture Financial Services Corporation Lending
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Access loans and services to start or grow farm, agribusiness or other small business.
    • ATB BoostR
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      This crowdfunding platform can help your Alberta business raise money through a community of supporters, in exchange for a reward.
    • Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grants
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Learn about grants and resources for artists in Alberta.
    • Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you are an Indigenous entrepreneur seeking financing and business support, learn about loans, equity investments and services available to you.
    • Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.
    • Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc.
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Are you an established or budding entrepreneur seeking financing and business support services? If so, learn about direct business financing, equity investments, and business services.
    • Soutien à l'achat d'une première entreprise de pêche commerciale
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you thinking of acquiring your first fishing business? If so, you may be eligible for financial support to do so.
    • ATB Financial
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you are looking for money to help you start or operate your small business in Alberta, you may be eligible for financing opportunities.
    • Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      If you live in a rural region of Atlantic Canada, you can access business counselling, financing and training to help start or grow your business.
    • Atuqtuarvik Corporation — Financing
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are Inuit and live in Nunavut, you can apply for a loan to start or expand your business.
    • AVAC Ltd.
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you operate a new Alberta agricultural business, you can apply for money for R&D and to help you market your product or service.
    • BDC Buying a business
      Find out how you could 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 business loans
      You could get money to help you start or grow your business.
    • BDC Start-up financing
      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 Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan
      As an Indigenous entrepreneur, you could get money to help start or grow your business.
    • BDC Small Business Loan — for existing business
      Only Applies to : Canada
      Get a loan of up to $100,000 within 5 business days. There are no application fees or hassles and the entire process is online.
    • Black Business Initiative — Financial support
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      As an African Nova Scotian entrepreneur, you could access a loan of up to $25,000 to start or expand your business.
    • Investment Attraction Fund
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      You could get a loan or equity investment to establish your company in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • Business Development Centres of Nunavut
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are a Canadian living in Nunavut, you can apply for help to start or grow a business in your community.
    • Business Development Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      Access funds to start, expand or improve your business in Atlantic Canada.
    • Business Start Program
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      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.
    • CBDC First-time Entrepreneur Loan
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      If you're a first-time entrepreneur living in a rural community in Atlantic Canada, you could get help to buy an existing business or start your own.
    • CBDC General Business Loan
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      If you’re an entrepreneur living in a rural community in Atlantic Canada, you could get help to expand your existing business or buy a new one.
    • CBDC Youth Loan
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      If you're a young entrepreneur living in Atlantic Canada, you could get help to start, expand or modernize your business.
    • Centre for Entrepreneurship Education Development — Financing
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      If you live in Halifax, Dartmouth or Bedford, you may be eligible for several financing programs to help fund your venture.
    • City of Saskatoon Business Development Incentive
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      Your business may be eligible for a tax abatement from the City of Saskatoon.
    • Clarence Campeau Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      If you are Métis, you could get a financial package to help you start, buy or expand a business.
    • Commercial and agriculture loans for First Nations entrepreneurs
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      Your business could access loans for capital expenditures, including farm equipment, livestock and land acquisition.
    • Community Business Development Corporations — Social Enterprise Loan
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      You could get a loan of up to $150,000 to start-up, renovate or grow your social enterprise in rural Atlantic Canada.
    • Community Futures Alberta — Small business loans
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in rural Alberta.
    • Community Futures British Columbia — Financing programs for entrepreneurs
      Only Applies to : British Columbia
      You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in a rural area of British Columbia.
    • Community Futures Manitoba
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      Find out about loans to start or grow a business if you live in rural and northern Manitoba.
    • Community Futures Program (NWT)
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      If you are starting a new business or looking to grow your existing business in the NWT, you could be eligible for business assistance, funding or counselling.
    • Community Futures Program (Quebec)
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Get funding for starting or growing a business in a designated rural or suburban area of the province of Quebec.
    • Community Futures Program (Ontario)
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You could receive funding to start or grow your business in rural Ontario.
    • Community Futures Saskatchewan — Loan products for small businesses
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in rural or northern Saskatchewan.
    • Community Futures Self Employment Program
      Only Applies to : British Columbia
      If you live in BC and are underemployed, unemployed or have made an EI claim in recent years, you could get help to start a business.
    • Community Futures Treaty Seven — Business development
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      Are you an Aboriginal entrepreneur wishing to start or grow your business? You may be eligible for a business loan.
    • Cooperative Buyout Support Program
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are a member partner of a cooperative, you may be eligible for funding to buyback a business.
    • Craft Business Development
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Access skills development and funding assistance to develop or grow your craft business in Cape Breton Island and Mulgrave.
    • Development Capital
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could receive funding of $5 million or more for your growth project.
    • Direct Equity Tax Credit Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      Invest in a new or expanding small business in Newfoundland and Labrador and receive a provincial income tax credit.
    • Eastern Ontario Development Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are located in a rural area of Eastern Ontario, you could get financing to start or grow your business.
    • Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities: Financing
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      If you are a Francophone living in Manitoba, you may be able to get financing to start or grow a business.
    • Economic Development Initiative (Southern Ontario)
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Funding may be available for your organization if you provide business support services in French to a Francophone community in southern Ontario.
    • Elevate!
      Only Applies to : Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta
      Are you a person with a disability looking to start a business in a rural community? Support may be available.
    • Entrepreneur Loan Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You may be eligible to receive up to $100,000 directly from authorized lenders backed by a government guarantee for your new or expanding business.
    • Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
      Only Applies to : Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia
      If you are an entrepreneur with a disability and you live in Western Canada, you could get help to start or grow a business.
    • Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
      If you are Aboriginal and live in the territories, you could get financing to start or grow a business.
    • ESSOR Program — Funding support for development projects
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could get funding to create a new business, or to upgrade your processes or facilities.
    • 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.
    • Femmessor — Réussir en affaires
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could obtain funding, training or mentoring for a project relating to the acquisition, start-up, expansion or consolidation of a business.
    • FIJE Fund
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are a woman, an immigrant or a young entrepreneur of the Haute-Yamaska region, you could get a loan of up to $50,000 for your business project.
    • Financial programs
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      Are you looking to obtain financing for your business? This program offers term loans, equity, contributions and letters of credit.
    • Financial support for aspiring farmers
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are a Quebec farmer and want to take over an existing farm or start a new one, this funding might be for you.
    • First Citizens Fund — Business Loan Program
      Only Applies to : British Columbia
      If you are an Aboriginal resident of B.C. you can get support to start or grow your business.
    • Fisheries Loan Guarantee Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      If you have a commercial fishing enterprise, you could take advantage of a loan guarantee to access funding from financial institutions.
    • Fishing Licence Loan Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Apply for a loan to buy a New Entrant or New Species fishing licence.
    • Fonds afro-entrepreneurs — Loans to Afro-Québécois businesspeople
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you a member of one of Quebec's black communities? You could receive a loan or loan guarantee for your business' needs.
    • Fonds d'aide à l'économie de Lac-Mégantic
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could receive financial assistance if you carry out studies or projects promoting economic and tourism development in the town of Lac-Mégantic.
    • Fonds d'appui au rayonnement des régions
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you have a development project that meets a regional priority, with the exception of the Capitale-Nationale and Montreal, you could receive funding.
    • Fonds de développement économique de la région de la Capitale-Nationale
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could get financial assistance if your project has a structuring effect on the economic development of the Capitale-Nationale region.
    • Fonds de diversification économique de la MRC des Appalaches
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you starting or growing a business in the Des Appalaches MRC? If so, you may be eligible for financial assistance.
    • Fonds de diversification économique du Centre-du-Québec et de la Mauricie
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you looking to start or expand your business development project in the Centre-du-Québec and Mauricie regions? You could get financial support.
    • Fonds de diversification économique — MRC des Sources
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you looking to start or expand your business development project in the Regional County Municipality of Des Sources? You could get financial assistance.
    • Fonds d'investissement en agroalimentaire Nicolet-Yamaska
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could receive financial assistance of up to $10,000 to start or expand your non-conventional-sized agri-food business.
    • Fonds d'investissement pour la relève agricole
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you an agricultural entrepreneur 39 years old or younger? You may be eligible for assistance to acquire or lease agricultural land with option to purchase.
    • Fonds Jeunes Entreprises
      Only Applies to : Quebec Montréal-Est Anjou Saint-Léonard Montréal-Nord Montréal Westmount Verdun LaSalle Montréal-Ouest Lachine Côte-Saint-Luc Hampstead Outremont Mont-Royal Saint-Laurent Dorval L'Île-Dorval Pointe-Claire Kirkland Beaconsfield Baie-d'Urfé Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Senneville Pierrefonds Sainte-Geneviève Dollard-des-Ormeaux Dollard-Des Ormeaux Roxboro L'Île-Bizard
      If you are an entrepreneur living on the Island of Montreal, you could get a grant to start or grow your business.
    • FONDS MOSAÏQUE
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are a member of one of Quebec's cultural communities, you may be eligible for funding to start a business or run a business that has been in operation for less than five years.
    • Fonds Tourisme PME
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are starting a business or have a growth project in the tourism industry, you may qualify for a loan of up to $250,000.
    • Forestry Financing
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are a forestry producer in Quebec, you could benefit from support and funding for your private woodlot development projects.
    • Funding programs for Nunavut filmmakers
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are a filmmaker, producer or owner of a production company based in Nunavut, you may get money to create films, television shows and digital media.
    • 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.
    • General business loans
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      As a member of the Six Nations or New Credit aboriginal communities, you could qualify for a business loan of up to $300,000.
    • Saskatchewan art and creative grants
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      Are you a Saskatchewan resident looking for funding or professional development in the arts? Learn about the various programs available to entrepreneurs.
    • Grants for registered family child care homes
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      Thinking of starting a registered family child care home in Newfoundland and Labrador? You may be eligible for start-up grants and yearly supplements.
    • Impact Loan program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are starting or expanding your business in the London area and you cannot access traditional financing, you may qualify for a loan of up to $5,000.
    • Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are Indigenous and run an agricultural-related business, you may qualify for a variety of loans.
    • Indian Business Corporation services
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you are a First Nations person looking for financing for a new or existing business, learn about loans and business services available to you.
    • Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Learn about financing and support that may help you develop and commercialize innovative techniques, products and services in Ontario.
    • Creative Saskatchewan Investment Programs
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      If you are an artist or creative producer in Saskatchewan with a product ready to sell, you can apply to receive a grant to support your efforts.
    • JEDI Aboriginal Development Fund
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      If you are Aboriginal and live in New Brunswick, you can apply for up to $2,500 to start or grow a business.
    • Jeunes entreprises collectives
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are starting a cooperative, you could receive funding of at least $23,000 in the form of a grant, subsidy or loan.
    • Junior Exploration Assistance Program
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      You could receive a grant to conduct advanced mineral exploration and prospecting activities.
    • Le Fonds ADM / 375 idées
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you a Montreal entrepreneur between the ages of 18 and 40? If so, you can receive a loan to start or grow your business.
    • Livestock Loan Guarantee Program
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      Find out about alternative financing solutions to purchase livestock, including cattle, sheep and bison.
    • Local investment fund
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Apply for financing to start or expand a business in Quebec.
    • Makigiaqvik Loans
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you have an Inuit-owned business and are living in the Qikiqtani region, you may be eligible for a loan of up to $50,000.
    • Marketing Support Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You could obtain financial assistance for marketing costs from start-up through to international exporting.
    • Métis Assistance Program (Saskatchewan)
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      If you are a Métis business owner in Saskatchewan, learn how you could get up to 40% of your project costs covered.
    • Metis-Dene Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      You could get a loan to help you develop your business in the Northwest Territories.
    • Métis Voyageur Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are Métis, your Ontario-based business may be eligible for loans up to $1M with better rates and fewer restrictions than with commercial lenders.
    • Micro-Loan Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You may be eligible to receive financing to help start or expand your PEI-based business.
    • MicroEntreprendre
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could obtain microfinancing from this network to start a business in Quebec.
    • Microlending for Women in Ontario Program
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      As a woman entrepreneur, you may be eligible for business support training and microloans to help you start your business.
    • Music PEI Funding Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      If you are a musical artist from PEI, you may apply for a grant to assist you in developing your craft.
    • New Business Growth Program
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      If you are an established musician in PEI, you could get help in developing your career, particularly through revenue streams.
    • BDC New Canadian Entrepreneur Loan
      Only Applies to : Canada
      As a new immigrant to Canada with little to no credit history, you can apply for a repayable loan of up to $50,000 to start a business.
    • New Entrant Farmer Loan Program
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      You could get up to $750,000 in loans to help you buy a farm.
    • Northern Business Opportunity Program (Northern Ontario)
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Your Northern Ontario business could be eligible for grants or loans ranging from $200,000 to $1 million.
    • Nova Scotia farm loans
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Apply for a variety of lending products to help start or grow your agricultural business.
    • Nunavut Business Credit Corporation
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      You could get up to $1 million to start or grow a business in Nunavut.
    • Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund for Social Enterprises
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible for a loan of $5,000 to $25,000 for your innovative Ontario-based social enterprise.
    • Ontario Disability Support Program: Employment Supports
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are an entrepreneur with a disability, you can get help starting a business.
    • PME MTL Fund
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could obtain a loan and technical assistance to carry out your business project if you have a business in Montreal at the start-up or development stage.
    • Prêt à entreprendre
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Are you starting a business or thinking of buying an existing one in Quebec? If so, you could get a loan on trust and support services.
    • Programme de soutien à la reprise collective
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Do you want to transfer or buy a business? If so, you can receive funding to help you.
    • Prospectors Assistance
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      You could receive funding for mineral exploration activities and prospector training.
    • Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP)
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Find out about financial and other resources that can help you develop your Quebec business.
    • Rise Asset Development
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia 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.
    • SaskMetis Loan Programs
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      If you are Metis, you may be able to get up to $500,000 to help you start, buy or grow a business, or to use for working capital.
    • impact: more than a start up loan
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick
      If you live in one of 6 major Atlantic cities, you could obtain a loan to start, grow or improve a small business.
    • Self-Employ PEI
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      Interested in starting your own business? If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible to receive benefits to help you do so.
    • Self-Employment Assistance
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      If you are unemployed and want to create a job for yourself by starting your own business, you may be eligible for financial and entrepreneurial assistance.
    • Self-Employment Benefit — Workforce Expansion
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      Do you want to start a business and be your own boss? Find out about a program that could help you get started.
    • Self Employment Option
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      Interested in starting your own business in the NWT? If you are unemployed, you could continue to receive benefits and get help to start your business.
    • Self Employment Program (Manitoba)
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      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.
    • Self-Employment Program (Saskatchewan)
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      Are you currently unemployed and interested in starting your own business? You can apply to get training and support.
    • Self-Employment Program (Alberta)
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      If you are unemployed, you could get self-employment training, continue to receive benefits, and get assistance for living expenses.
    • Self-Employment Program (Nova Scotia)
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Get support and training to start a business to create your own job.
    • Support for Self-Employment
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could get financial and technical support to start a business or create your own job.
    • Settlement Investment Corporation
      Only Applies to : Alberta
      As a Métis business owner, you could get support with direct business loans and services such as business plan development and training.
    • Sivummut Grants to Small Businesses
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you live in the Baffin (Qikiqtaaluk) region of Nunavut, you could get up to $25,000 to start or grow a business.
    • Small Business Loan Guarantee Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      You could borrow up to $500,000 to help establish or grow your Nova Scotia business.
    • Small Business Assistance
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      You could obtain a small business loan to purchase or expand a business, to consolidate debt, or undertake new construction.
    • Small Business Support Program
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are a Nunavut resident, you can get financial support to help start, run, and expand a small business or community organization.
    • SmartStart Seed Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible for funding of up to $70,000 to help you through the validation stage of your innovation-based business.
    • Social Enterprise Ontario
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      Your social enterprise with an environmental or social goal for Francophones may be eligible for grants of up to $16,000 or loans of up to $40,000.
    • Starter Company Plus
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be eligible for funding of up to $5,000 and business skills training to help you a start or expand a business.
    • Strategic Investments Program
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      You could get funding to start or grow a business, or to help build Nunavut's economy if you run a not-for-profit corporation or society.
    • Student Entrepreneurship
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      Are you looking for a summer job? You could get an interest-free loan of up to $3,000 to operate your own business.
    • Summer Company
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      If you are a student between 15 and 29 years of age, you may be eligible for up to $3,000 to help you start and run a summer business.
    • Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories
      You may be eligible to receive financial support to start a new business or improve your business' capacity.
    • Support for Québec Farm Business Development
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you run development projects for your agriculture and agri-food business, you could be eligible for an investment grant.
    • Support loan program
      Only Applies to : St. John's Mount Pearl
      Your non-profit organization could receive funding to start or grow a social enterprise.
    • New Small Business Tax Deduction
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Find out how you can avoid paying Nova Scotia corporate income tax for the first 3 years of your new incorporated business.
    • Prince's Operation Entrepreneur
      If you are a transitioning Canadian Armed Forces member looking to establish a small business, this program could be for you.
    • Toronto Enterprise Fund
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You could receive funding to start or manage a social enterprise that provides employment or training for socially marginalized people.
    • Tourism development north of the 49th parallel
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      Do you have a tourism development project to be carried out north of the 49th parallel? If so, you could be eligible for funding.
    • Tourism Financing Assistance
      Only Applies to : Prince Edward Island
      If you own a tourism establishment, you may be able to get a loan to buy, build, renovate or expand your business or consolidate debts.
    • Town of Conception Bay South Business Incentive Programs
      Only Applies to : Newfoundland and Labrador
      If you are opening a business or expanding an existing business in the Town of Conception Bay South, you can apply for a business tax reduction.
    • SMBs and Large Corporations — Project Financing
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      You could get a loan, a loan guarantee or financing in "quasi-equity" for up to 100% of project costs related to the growth of your business.
    • Vessel Loan Program
      Only Applies to : Nova Scotia
      Apply for a loan to purchase, build or modify your fishing vessel.
    • Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc.
      Only Applies to : Saskatchewan
      If you are a woman living in Saskatchewan, you could get a loan, advice, training, referrals and more to start, grow or buy a business.
    • Women in Cleantech Challenge
      Are you a female entrepreneur looking to put your cleantech idea into action? You could get funding and support, while competing for $1 million.
    • Women's Enterprise Centre (British Columbia)
      Only Applies to : British Columbia
      If you are a woman living in British Columbia, you could get a loan to start, grow or buy a business.
    • Women's Enterprise Centre (Manitoba)
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      Are you a woman entrepreneur looking to start, expand or purchase a business? Get help to improve your business skills and acquire financing.
    • York Entrepreneurship Development Institute programs
      Only Applies to : Ontario
      You may be able to access training, certification, and mentoring for your innovative small business or established not-for-profit enterprise.
    • Young Entrepreneurs Program
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      If you are a young entrepreneur between 18-29 years old, you could receive a grant to help set up your business.
    • Young Volunteers
      Only Applies to : Quebec
      If you are between 16 and 29 years old, you could get financial and technical support to help you create your business or become self-employed.

    Private-sector financing

    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.

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