Starting a Business - For People with Disabilities

  • Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
    The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities provides funding for national, regional and local projects that assist people with disabilities in preparing for and finding employment or self-employment, as well as acquiring the skills necessary to maintain that new employment.
  • Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program
    The Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program offers vocational counselling, financial support for training, and job search services to recipients of Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability Benefits to help return to work.
  • Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program
    The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program provides services to entrepreneurs with disabilities who live in western Canadian communities and who are seeking to start up or expand a small or medium-sized business.

Other programs and services:

  • Business Development Program
    The Business Development Program provides unsecured and interest-free loans to small and medium-sized businesses in Atlantic Canada to help them carry out start-up and expansion activities.
  • Community Futures Loan Program
    Throughout Western Canada the locally run, non-profit, Community Futures organizations have achieved outstanding success by integrating the social and economic needs of their communities. A wide range of services and financing opportunities are available to small businesses and entrepreneurs at the local Community Futures offices.
  • Financing for starting a business
    Business Development Bank of Canada's helps entrepreneurs start up new businesses by providing them with long-term loans as well as consulting services and advice.
  • Francophone Economic Development Organizations
    Francophone Economic Development Organizations provide services to francophone entrepreneurs who are seeking to start up or expand small and medium-sized businesses in western Canada.
  • Seed Capital Initiative
    The Seed Capital Initiative provides repayable, unsecured loans to start, expand or improve a small business.
  • Training and Employment Initiatives
    Employment and Social Development Canada provides individuals who are eligible for Employment Insurance with income and entrepreneurial support while they develop and implement their business plan.
  • Women's Enterprise Initiative
    The Women’s Enterprise Initiative provide services to women entrepreneurs who are seeking to start up or expand small and medium-sized businesses in Western Canada.
  • Women in Business Initiative
    The Women in Business Initiative provides financial support, information and advice to women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada to help them develop their businesses and increase their competitiveness.

See all Starting a Business programs and services.