Starting a Business - For Youth and Students

  • Self-Employment
    The Self-Employment program provides individuals who are eligible for Employment Insurance with income and entrepreneurial support while they develop and implement their business plan.
  • Micro Loans for Small Businesses
    The Micro Loans for Small Businesses program provides loans, through financial institutions, to entrepreneurs for small business start-up or expansion in western Canada.
  • Women's Enterprise Initiative Centres
    The Women’s Enterprise Initiative Centres provide services to women entrepreneurs who are seeking to start up or expand small and medium-sized businesses in Western Canada.
  • Co-Vision: Start-up Financing Program
    The Co-Vision: Start-up Financing Program helps entrepreneurs start up new businesses by providing them with long-term loans as well as consulting services and advice.
  • Seed Capital Initiative
    The Seed Capital Initiative provides repayable, unsecured loans to start, expand or improve a small business.
  • 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.
  • 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.

See all Starting a Business programs and services.