Canadian Startup Resources: Provincial Business Portals and Gateways

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

Alberta Business

Business and industry funding and support, labour relations, and corporate tax incentives.

Alberta Small Business Resources

A directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs in Alberta.

Business Link 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.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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

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.

Manitoba Business Info

The Government of Manitoba has a business portal of information and resources related to all aspects of doing business in the province.

Ontario for Business

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.

Small Business Centre of London, Ontario

The London Small Business Centre provides entrepreneurs with the training and support necessary to start and grow successful businesses.

Prince Edward Island Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship

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

Entreprises Québec simplifies the steps to be taken by businesses by facilitating their access to government information: assistance measures, rights, obligations, programs and services.

New Brunswick Resources for Business

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.

Government of NFLD & Labrador Business & Economic Development

The Government of NFLD & Labrador covers everything related to starting and operating a business there.

Access Nova Scotia

Resources for starting, operating and ending a business in Nova Scotia.

Starting a Business in Saskatchewan

Business resources for startups are provided by the Government of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Small Business Support

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.

Nunavut Business Support

Funding, training and business support programs that foster economic development in Nunavut.

Canada Business Northwest Territories

This is your gateway to information about starting and improving a business in the Northwest Territories, including services, programs and regulations.

Yukon Doing Business

Learn about funding, licensing, taxation and more for Yukon startups and established businesses.

Yukon Business Support for 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.

We’ll expand and update this list of provincial business portals and gateways as we discover them. Please follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of the latest updates, or join us in the Online Business Canada Facebook group.

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Robert Klein

You might want to update the broken link for the Alberta Provincial Portal. The one I found is at: https://www.alberta.ca/supports-grants-and-resources

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