Aspiring and existing online entrepreneurs need reliable sources of information regarding local business programs, funding, licensing, learning, mentorship, and more for the Canadian province they’re doing business in. Official gateways and non-profit programs provide a starting point for this information.
No matter which province you live in, check them all out. I’ve found valuable information on many of these sites that apply to national or even international startups. Some of them provide more than others, including tools and blogs.
Provincial Business Portals & Gateways
Business and industry funding and support, labour relations, and corporate tax incentives.
A directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs in Alberta.
Business Link is a non-profit organization supported by the Government of Canada and the Government of Albert. They offer one-on-one advice, resources, support, events, training, and webinars.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in the region by:
- Helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive.
- Working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies.
- Championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.
Small Business BC helps British Columbia’s entrepreneurs grow successful and sustainable businesses through expert business advisors, educational services, easy-to-use free resources and engaging community events.
The Government of Manitoba has a business portal of information and resources related to all aspects of doing business in the province.
Information about Ontario’s economy and how to do business there. Includes economic development opportunities, research funding, tax credits for business, and the Ontario Budget.
The London Small Business Centre provides entrepreneurs with the training and support necessary to start and grow successful businesses.
PEI is focused on providing new opportunities for entrepreneurs, creating new jobs for Islanders and encouraging business innovation and growth to build on economic success.
Entreprises Québec simplifies the steps to be taken by businesses by facilitating their access to government information: assistance measures, rights, obligations, programs and services.
The Government of New Brunswick has a business portal of information and resources related to all aspects of starting and running a business in the province.
The Government of NFLD & Labrador covers everything related to starting and operating a business there.
Resources for starting, operating and ending a business in Nova Scotia.
Business resources for startups are provided by the Government of Saskatchewan.
The Square One program provides business information and advisory services for Saskatchewan entrepreneurs. The team is ready to provide you with relevant and timely information to help you start and grow your business.
Funding, training and business support programs that foster economic development in Nunavut.
This is your gateway to information about starting and improving a business in the Northwest Territories, including services, programs and regulations.
Learn about funding, licensing, taxation and more for Yukon startups and established businesses.
Funding, training and business support programs that foster economic development in the Yukon.
Many of these sites will lead you to other Canadian tools and resources, from the federal level right down to the municipal level. You can be sure they’re directing you to official and reputable websites with accurate and (usually) current information.
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