Help for entrepreneurs

No one can do it alone. Below we have listed some supports and initiatives designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses push through COVID-19 and get back on top.

If you need help accessing any of these programs, click here to get in touch.


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Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates provides expertise and funding for entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Click here for an overview of their programs.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

AWE provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring and network development.

Business Credit Availability Program

The federal Business Credit Availability Program is a program designed to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the COVID-19 crisis. Find information on how to apply by clicking here. Contact BDC or EDC to learn more.

Business Development Bank of Canada

BDC has announced several programs designed to support entrepreneurs and small businesses through COVID-19. Please click here to learn more.

Canada Emergency Business Account

The Canada Emergency Business Account provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover operating costs. The loans are available through your financial institution. Learn more here.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is the federal government’s program to help business owners retain staff through the COVID-19 pandemic. Find information on how to apply by clicking here.

Export Development Bank of Canada

EDC has a number of resources designed to help business owners through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for their programs.

Industrial Research Acceleration Program

IRAP supports Canadian SMEs pursuing technology-driven innovation. The Venture and District Ventures teams have experience helping clients work with IRAP to boost their innovation further. For more information, click here, or get in touch with our team.

Are we missing something? Click here to drop us a note if you know of a recent initiative designed to support entrepreneurs in Canada or your community. If we agree, we would be happy to highlight it here or on our social media channels.