There are many opportunities for women entrepreneurs to gain access to capital through business grants and financing programs, though we have to admit – it’s often very tricky to actually hear about these opportunities, or find them easily online! We’ve compiled a quick and easy breakdown of the key links to help you explore options for your own business.
(If you know of any other opportunities that you feel should be added to this list, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
Canada Small Business Financing Program
The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders, through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. This is not a grant program.
List of Lenders — find out which banks and credit unions are affiliated with this program
Guidelines for Loans — find out what loans can be used for, and whether you are eligible
Canada Business Network — Grant Search Tool
Explore opportunities to receive public funds to help propel your business – certain opportunities apply to businesses in all provinces and territories, and others apply only to businesses in a specific region.
Canada Business Network — Private Sector Financing
Private Sector Lenders and investors offer various types of financing in order to earn a return on their money, ultimately deciding whether to provide you and your company with financing after assessing the risks and potential rewards of doing business with you.
Types of Private Sector Financing — a great breakdown of opportunities and helpful links, from Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Business Incubators, Crowdfunding, and more.
Need More Info?
Looking for other organizations and groups to further support your journey in entrepreneurship?
Visit the HELPFUL LINKS page for a comprehensive list of organizations across Canada ready to help you take your business to the next level!