Did you know that many organizations in the GTA provide free services for newcomer entrepreneurs to help them a start business? Below is a list of some key resources that include courses, workshops, mentoring, tips, tools, information, and funding options.
Program for newcomer entrepreneurs providing individual coaching to start a business.
Alterna Savings Micro-Finance Program
Micro-finance program for new and marginalized Ontarians looking to start a business.
Business Development Bank of Canada
Crown corporation that offers business loans and consulting services to SMEs
Canada Business Ontario
Business Guide for Newcomers to Canada
Government of Canada resources to help newcomers plan or start a business.
Accelerator for Centennial Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL)
Business incubator helping youth aged 18-29 start or grow businesses in the eastern GTA. It provides mentoring and consultations.
Financing and Mentoring
Financing, mentoring and support tools for newcomer entrepreneurs.
Starting a Business
Online resource that provides tips, advice and links to tools on how to start, manage, grow, and exit a business.
Humber College & Richview Library
Pop-Up Business Incubator
Workshops and network opportunities with industry professionals and Humber College students.
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Meet-Up
Meet-up group for newcomer entrepreneurs and small business.
Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers
Workshops delivered across York Region that assists newcomers interested in exploring entrepreneurship.
MaRS Discovery District
Online tools and information to help entrepreneurs launch and grow a business.
Meridian & Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)
Financial roadmap for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Pro Bono Ontario (PBO)
Legal Help for Entrepreneurs
Resources for Entrepreneurs
Provides commercial legal education and assistance to those with viable businesses who are unable to afford legal help.
RBC, Royal Bank of Canada
Support for Newcomers
The RBC Newcomer Advantage provides everything a newcomer needs to get started financially in Canada.
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office
Support for Entrepreneurs
Support for budding entrepreneurs.
Toronto French Business Network
Support in funding, management and mentoring for the Francophone business community.
Toronto Public Library
Programs, seminars, and resources on running your small business; plus space to work and meet.
Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs)
Network supporting professional immigrant associations to connect members to meaningful employment.