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Enterprise Toronto ET offers free seminars which you can register for online. If you have written a business plan, you can book a free consultation with one of ET's business advisors to review and evaluate your business idea.

Toronto Business Development Centre As a business incubator, TBDC assists entrepreneurs in starting and developing a new business. It offers entrepreneurial training programs, business seminars and business networking opportunities. helps to streamline your business permit and licensing process. Use their simple application to find out which special permits or licensees may be required for your business.

Toronto Employment and Social Services If you are receiving Ontario Works and are interested in starting a business, the Self-Employment Development program available through Employment and Social Services may be right for you.

YMCA of Greater Toronto Areafacilitates the Ontario Works Self Employment Program as well as the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program for those on social assistance or unemployment insurance. Visit their website for information on eligibility and start dates for these programs.

Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) This website is geared towards helping you start your own business. Follow the links to discover lots of information that can help you grow your business.

Canada Business Services for Entrepreneurs Click on your language preference. On the left side of the next page, click on Starting a Business under the Topics heading. Here you will find lots of useful information from making a business plan, registering your business name, to financing.

Youth Employment Services (YES) This website provides information about the programs at YES that can help you start your business.

Service Canada Under the heading Services by Subject on the left hand side of this webpage, click on Starting a Business.

Service Ontario Check out the web site for resources that will help you when starting a new business, including general start-up information, online tools and "How to" guides about starting a specific type of business.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Visit this link to learn strategies you can introduce to your workplace that can help balance your work and life.


SmallbizXpress Toronto Public Library's SmallbizXpress provides access to a wide variety of materials and resources essential to starting a new business.

Connect Legal is a not-for-profit corporation formed to provide legal education and assistance to low-resource immigrants engaged in launching and growing independent businesses. LP EARN provides educational services to hard working immigrant entrepreneurs by way of seminars and the dissemination of legal knowledge. LP EARN also matches low-resource immigrant entrepreneurs with volunteer commercial lawyers who provide pro bono (free) commercial law services.

Learning Enrichment Foundation has added a new training program geared to help new immigrants start and run a business. The “Entrepreneurship” program now serves Canadians and New Immigrants alike, by providing 3 –indepth 13 week small business training programs, one day small business start up clinics, coaching and consulting services.

Workplace Essential Skills Partnership – WESP, a project of the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) provides a free 4-week pre-employment workshop for professionals with disabilities who are looking to re-enter the workforce. By simulating an office-based environment, WESP can help participants gain the necessary skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur.

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