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Sources of Funding

Funding, advice, accessing new marketing…and everything in between. There’s a lot government can do for Canadian rural business.
With so much out there, it helps to know where to look.

That’s where Canada’s Business Benefits Finder can help. The Finder at, is government’s one-stop shop to help connect businesses in Canada with federal, provincial and territorial programs and services to help them recover, grow and scale. It’s everything government can do for business, all in one place.

Entrepreneurs simply answer a few interactive questions about their business needs to get a tailored list of the right government supports. And, because business owners have a lot on the go, the Business Benefits Finder also has a notifications feature where users can sign up to receive emails if new programs are launched that meet their needs, or if application deadlines are coming up for their favourite programs.

There’s a lot government can do for Canadian business. But with so much out there, it
helps to know where to look.

That’s where
Canada’s Business Benefits Finder comes in. A one-stop shop for
everything government can do for your business, the Finder brings hundreds of federal,
provincial and territorial programs together, all in one place.
How does it work?

Visit the Business Benefits Finder at and answer a few simple
questions about your business needs. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a customised list
of programs and services to help your business start, grow or scale.
Plus, you can save time later by signing up to receive email notifications when new
programs and services that match your needs are added, or if a program deadline
changes. If you would prefer, you can also call and receive the same service by
phone: 1-833-201-4358.

One more thing

If you’ve got an established, incorporated business, it might time to speak to an
Innovation Advisor in your area. As former entrepreneurs and business leaders,
Innovation Advisors can offer advice that comes from experience and an
understanding of types of support the government has available. Innovation Advisors
are located across Canada and know the business landscape in their regions. Call
Innovation Canada toll-free at 1-833-201-4358 to find out if your business is ready to be
connected to an Innovation Advisor. 

Further Sources of Funding

Indigenous Business Development

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is committed to providing greater opportunities for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and to helping Aboriginal business owners to succeed in their business goals.

Business Development Bank of Canada

Helps create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

FedDev Ontario - Small Business Services

Provides resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.

Canada Small Business Financing Program

A loan program in collaboration with financial institutions designed to help small businesses.


FedNor is the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs and services, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.

Invest in Ontario

We make it easy to grow your business in Ontario. We offer an array of government incentive programs and services that can lower your corporate taxes and help your business save on labour costs, R&D, and expansion activities.

Northern Ontario Angels

The Northern Ontario Angels is Northern Ontario’s premiere organization for entrepreneurs (looking for growth capital) and angel investors (looking for investments). The creative concept and foundation of this network was developed to take Northern Ontario businesses to the next level.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is working to build strong, prosperous northern communities and we are pleased to offer unique programs to help foster hope and opportunity across Northern Ontario.

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

We know Northwestern Ontario is a place full of intelligent people, where new and innovative ideas are thought up everyday.

Service Ontario Gateway for Starting a Business

Information about Ontario's economy and how to do business here. Includes economic development opportunities, research funding, tax credits for business and the Ontario Budget.

Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre

The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre helps you determine what you need to do before, during and after launching your business.