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Starting a Business in Canada

Newcomers often come to Canada with a wealth of business experience and are highly educated and skilled in various sectors. With the right supports in place, self-employment is a highly viable option for newcomers. Small and medium sized businesses in Ontario contributed over 98.5% of all new jobs created in Canada over the last 10 years (Statistics Canada).

About Entrepreneurship Connections

Entrepreneurship Connections is designed for newcomers who plan to start a business in Canada. If you have owned or operated a business outside Canada, this innovative and informative program will help you use that experience in the Canadian market. You will receive individual coaching to start a business. This includes developing a business plan, receiving legal consultation, and benefiting from the support of an established mentor. This program operates part-time for four weeks so that you will have time to apply what you are learning in the classroom.

Program Benefits:

  • Individualized coaching to start your business
  • Guidance to develop a marketable business plan
  • Advice on how to target investors and secure funding
  • Legal consultation to help launch your business
  • Strengthen your knowledge of strategic planning
  • Work with established entrepreneurs as mentors
  • Strengthen your understanding of HR infrastructure
  • Learn how to brand and market your business

Specialized Entrepreneurship Program for Syrian Newcomers

ACCES Employment, in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), will run information sessions for Syrian newcomers on starting a business in Canada.

Upon completion of the information sessions, participants who are ready to move forward with their business start-ups will enroll in a customized Entrepreneurship Connections program. This uniquely tailored program will help Syrian newcomer entrepreneurs with business language training, mentoring, and other supports so that they can overcome barriers in order to successfully start their business in Canada.

The training will be co-delivered with the BDC and a number of subject matter experts in Arabic and English in a 2-week condensed format.

Throughout the 2 weeks, participants will be provided with more in-depth training on the key components of a business plan and related topics including but not limited to:

  • Market Research
  • Legal Issues
  • Bookkeeping and Taxes
  • Financing
  • Human Resources Practices

Entrepreneurship Connections is funded by the Government of Canada.

To learn more about Entrepreneurship Connections, please click here to email Rola Mustafa or call us at 416.921.1800.