Directory of Resources

A wide range of provincial and national resources to help you launch, finance and develop your business.

Conduct market research

Statistics Canada

A key source of statistical information on Canada and its industries.

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Institut de la statistique du Québec

A key source of statistical information on Quebec and its industries.

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Draw up your business plan

Canada Business Network

Find resources and advice to help you draft your business plan.

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Choose a legal status

Association du jeune barreau de Montréal – Aspects légaux du démarrage d’entreprise

A business start-up guide that provides information on the various legal forms available (French only).

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La boussole entrepreneuriale

A virtual brainstorming tool to help you identify the best legal structure for your business (French only).

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Canada Business Network – Obligations, taxes and regulations

Provides information on fiscal and legal requirements for businesses and organizations operating in Canada.

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Revenu Québec

Provides information on fiscal and legal requirements for businesses and organizations operating in Quebec.

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Find resources and financing

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Provides information and funding for Canadian SMEs.

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Export Development Canada (EDC)

EDC offers funding, credit insurance, bonds and letters of guarantee for Canadian exporters, as well as expert advice on foreign markets.

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Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada offers a wide range of resources to Canadian SMEs, including assistance in drawing up a business plan and finding a mentor.

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Northstar Trade Finance

Northstar supports exporters by providing financing solutions to international clients for the purchase of eligible goods and services.

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Ulule crowdfunding platform

A crowdfunding platform for Canadian entrepreneurs.

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED)

Businesses can benefit from the SR&ED tax incentive program when filing their taxes with Canada Revenue Agency.

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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Provides financial support and advice to SMEs seeking to develop and market technology.

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Canada Small Business Financing Program

This program from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada helps small businesses obtain bank loans by sharing risk with the lending institution.

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Engage Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

This program allows companies to resolve specific technical problems with the help of researchers from universities and eligible non-profit organizations.

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Community Futures Network of Canada

The Community Futures network encourages business development in rural communities by providing financial and technical support for SMEs in each province.

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Directory of programs and services available through the Government of Canada

Find a complete list of grants, contributions and loan guarantees available through the Government of Canada.

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Canada Business Network

Resources to help you draw up a business plan, find funding and carry out market research.

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CMHC offers a range of tools and resources for businesses looking to acquire new real estate.

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Quebec

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Offers a number of financial support programs for SMEs and non-profit organizations aimed at fostering economic development in rural Quebec.

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Anges Québec

Anges Québec is a network of experienced entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting the launch and growth of new businesses.

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École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce

At this school for Canada’s business leaders, Quebec’s top entrepreneurs share their experiences and help the leaders of tomorrow become better managers and accelerate the growth of their business (French only).

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Femmessor

This network supports women entrepreneurs in the preparatory, start-up, maintenance and growth phases of their business.

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Fondation de l'entrepreneurship

The Fondation de l’entrepreneurship offers products and services for entrepreneurs, such as Réseau M—mentoring for entrepreneurs—and a vast collection of French books dedicated to business start-up, management and growth (French only).

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Fonds Mosaïque

The Fonds Mosaïque is the result of a partnership between Filaction and the Quebec government and provides support for entrepreneurs from Quebec’s cultural communities (French only).

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Info entrepreneurs

This website, administered by the business information experts at the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, provides information on programs and services available through the federal and Quebec governments, as well as regulatory requirements.

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The National Bank | HEC Montreal Institute for Entrepreneurship

The National Bank | HEC Montreal Institute for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to promoting and supporting business creation and entrepreneurial takeovers.

It helps develop innovative entrepreneurs via educational activities and training, carrying out and communicating cutting-edge research and providing coaching and networking opportunities.

It also offers activities intended to identify, assess and present the issues faced by Quebec business creators and SME owners. The Institute has four distinct roles:

To find out more about the Institute’s activities, innovative resources and new developments, visit iebn.hec.ca (French only).

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Investissement Québec

Provides financing and investment solutions to promote Quebec's economic development.

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PME MTL

This Montreal network operates a number of investment funds to support entrepreneurs as they launch and maintain their business. Mentoring, support and advice are also offered.

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Immigrant Investor Programs

National Bank Financial is particularly involved in supporting immigrant investors. Take advantage of our expertise!

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Tax Credit for Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED)

Businesses can request a tax credit for salaries relating to scientific research and experimental development conducted in Quebec.

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Directory of programs and services available through the Government of Quebec

Ressources+ is a search tool providing access to the complete list of resources—funding, tools, advice and forms—available to Quebec entrepreneurs (French only).

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Réseau des SADC et CAE (Société d’aide au développement des collectivités et Centre d’aide aux entreprises)

This network aims to foster business development in French-speaking Canada. It provides support, resources and mentoring services for entrepreneurs in each province.

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Université Laval - National Bank Centre

The FBA - National Bank Centre of Université Laval is a dynamic hub for the development and transfer of management skills. The Centre unites academics, researchers and business people dedicated to bringing together knowledge and business development (French only).

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Ontario

Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs)

This network provides small businesses in Ontario with a wide range of services to support business start-up and development.

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Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations

This association aims to foster economic development in Ontario by offering a wide range of programs and services for SMEs.

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Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs

Toolkits, business development guides and everything else an SME in Ontario might need for a successful start-up.

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British Columbia

Community Futures British Columbia

The Community Futures network encourages business development in rural communities by providing financial and technical support for SMEs starting up in B.C.

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Specialized resources for the agricultural and agri-food sector

Agribusiness

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Discover the programs available through the Government of Canada for the agriculture and agri-food sector, including those offered as part of the five-year Growing Forward 2 program.

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La Financière agricole du Québec

Discover the financing programs offered by the Quebec government for the agricultural industry.

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Agri-food

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Discover the programs available through the Government of Canada for the agriculture and agri-food sector, including those offered as part of the five-year Growing Forward 2 program.

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Association québécoise des industries de nutrition animale et céréalière (AQINAC)

AQINAC is dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of the animal nutrition and production industry in Quebec (French only).

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Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food (CRAAQ)

An extensive network of experts offering specialized publications, events and digital services for the agriculture and agri-food community.

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Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ)

Source of news on the agri-food industry in Quebec (French only)

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Food and Beverage Ontario

Complete information on the agri-food industry in Ontario (resources, funding, news).

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Agri-Food Export Group

Expert advice and information on exporting Canadian agri-food products.

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Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI)

Comprehensive information on the agri-food sector.

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Ontario Agri Business Association (OABA)

This organization represents the interests of country grain elevators, feed manufacturing facilities and crop input supply business in Ontario. The website provides information on markets and financing.

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Programmes - Transformation et distribution alimentaires

A list of programs offered by Quebec’s ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food for agri-food businesses (French only).

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