Business Resources


Business Resources

We have gathered an extensive collection of online resources to share with you on a wide range of topics to help sources all relevant information when planning and financing a business. Contact us today to learn more by emailing


Frequently Asked Questions: Canadian Grants & Loans

Navigating the Canadian government funding process can be challenging for businesses of all sizes. Optimizing the planning, writing, submission, and reporting process can take considerable time and resources; however, there are tremendous benefits associated with accessing funding regularly. Companies should take time to familiarize themselves with the options available when completing the Canadian Government Funding process to ensure they receive the greatest outcome possible. 
Clean Energy Initiatives in Indigenous, rural and remote communities

Many Indigenous, rural and remote communities use diesel or fossil fuels for heat and power. Diesel is a well-known and reliable energy source, however, it can also impact communities and the environment. The transition to clean energy continues to be important to Indigenous communities and the Government of Canada as we work together towards reconciliation.An additional $300 million is available until 2027 for your clean energy projects. These projects can help advance Indigenous-led climate action, support local economic development and create skilled jobs while reducing pollution and improving air quality.

Who can Apply? 

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, governments, development corporations and organizations
  • Canadian businesses and not-for-profit organizations
  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal government organizations
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Indigenous Economic Development in Northern Ontario

Information and links to funding programs offered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, other federal programs and initiatives, as well as additional supports that can help your business and community grow.

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Northern Ontario Exports Program – Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC)

The Northern Ontario Exports program provides timely financial assistance and targeted training to help export-ready small and medium enterprises, industry associations, and not-for-profit organizations from across Northern Ontario to kick open the doors to new markets. 

The program team can be reached at:

Jenni Myllynen, Program Manager, 249-377-9018,

Nicolas Mora, Technical Coordinator, 705-674-4455 x1448


Business Benefits Finder-Ontario 

Find the right programs and services, whether you're starting out or scaling up your business. - Business Benefits Finder


Mentor Works

Canadian Business Startup Resources


Mentor Works - Develope and Submit Funding Applications

Learn your options to develope and submit funding applications for business owners.


Innovation Canada - Government of Canada

Business advice, driving new collaborations, and funding these programs and services are designed to help businesses create new jobs, innovate, and grow Canada's economy.


BizPal-Permits & Licences

Bizpal streamlines which permits and licencing you will need to start a small business in Canada, and make sure you get it right the first time.


IRAP Youth Employment Program (YEP)

Receive up to $30,000 per Graduate in Grant Funding. The IRAP Youth Employment Program (YEP) was designed to assist funding of hiring young Canadian post-secondary graduates. Graduate can be applied to most areas from business development to technical to customer service/administration.


Government Of Ontario-Rural and North 

Information about Northern Ontario, agriculture and local food. Learn about funding programs that support rural, northern and indigenous communities.

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Small Business Centres Ontario

SBCO have E-learning, Events, Webinars, and Services for small businesses. No matter what stage you are in with your business, they are here to help.

Ontario Small Business - SBC Ontario


Fednor - Northern Ontario Development Program

Open to municipalities and Indigenous Communities in NWO

Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario (CIINO) (


Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants

Resilient Communities Fund Resources

Community Investment Grants

Youth Opportunities Fund

Community Building Fund

Third-Party  and Other Funders


Small Business Center Ontario - Web Events


Funding and Assistance in new programs
Next Level Program with NWO Innovation Centre
Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre - Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (


New Business and Business Plans
Steps to starting a business and how to create a business plan


Trailblazer program from Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre
The Trail Blazer program is a program for early-stage startups. The program is designed to take you through the necessary steps to identify your market and validate your idea.


BDC - Steps to Starting a Business or Buying a Business


Business Plan Essentials – Start Up Planning

PARO & GoForth Institute Online Education


Money & Finance Resources:
Finance Resources from BDC


Small & Medium Enterprises
NOW Program - for small to medium enterprises


Small Business/Entrepreneurial Resources from BDC


Business Toolkit & Assessment


Financial survival techniques for entrepreneurs
Finance (


Innovator Membership Program


Tips for Entrepreneurs - How to thrive in tough times


Business Women and Young Entrepreneurs:
Enterprising Women
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Business to Business (B2B) Vendor Database - PARO


Resources from BDC for young entrepreneurs

Soft Landing: Scale From Home program


Digital Main Street - Future Proof
Digital Main Street - Transforming Bricks-and-Mortar | Digital Main Street