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This section links to websites that provide information about entrepreneurship as a career option, how to start your own business and how to be successful in self-employment. It would be of interest to either career professionals considering self-employment themselves or supporting clients who are. If you know of an interesting website that does not figure in the listings below, you are welcome to add it by clicking on the “Add a listing” button.

2014 Career Professionals Survey Report

The 2014 Career Professionals Survey Report provides insight into the work and life of career practitioners who support the Canadian labour market. In particular, we compare and contrast the work/life of SELF-EMPLOYED Career Professionals versus those who are EMPLOYED by organizations within the sector. By learning about our colleagues, we can gain a new understanding and better perspective, so that we can come together, value, and support each other. By understanding the benefits and challenges of self-employment and employment, we can all make more informed career and business decisions.

Aboriginal Business Development Fund

The ABDF (Aboriginal Business Development Fund) is a program that provides tools for Aboriginal entrepreneurs who choose to start their own businesses. The funds are available through a community-based organization.

Aboriginal entrepreneur

Various resources and funding for aboriginal entrepreneurs and youth.

Alberta – Self-Employment Program

The Self-Employment program is designed for Albertans who are unemployed and in need of self-employment training to participate in the labour market.

Alberta – Useful Information for Entrepreneurs/Self-employed

List of programs, services, resources, forms, publications, legislation, etc. useful for entrepreneurs and the self-employed in the province of Alberta.


Streamlining your business permit and licensing experience Launched in 2005, BizPaL is jointly managed by a partnership involving governments at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels. Provinces, territories and hundreds of municipalities have collaborated together to provide you with the permits and licences that may be required to start and grow your business.

British Columbia – Self Employment for Job Seekers

Self Employment is an employment program that provides financial assistance and entrepreneurial support to eligible individuals while they develop and implement their business plan. This program assists unemployed eligible individuals who are creating jobs for themselves by starting a business.

Canada Business Network – Starting your business

Want to be your own boss? The idea of starting your own business is appealing to a lot of people and it can be very rewarding. However, a lot of new businesses fail. This information will help you plan for a successful start to your entrepreneurship journey.

Centennial College Centre for Entrepreneurship

Mission: To help teach, coach and inspire aspiring entrepreneurs. Who we help: Out of work Ontario residents Canadian Military personnel who are in transition Canadian Union of Skilled Workers members who are in transition We provide: Entrepreneurial training Business plan development Analysis of proposed acquisitions As-needed business advice and consulting International business training

Enterprise Toronto

Enterprise Toronto is an innovative public and private sector alliance created to provide one-stop sourcing of services and programs tailored to meet the needs of the Toronto’s Entrepreneurs and small businesses. Enterprise Toronto can help you make good decisions during your business start-up and develop your management capabilities as your business venture grows. Enterprise Toronto is managed by the City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture Office which offers services and programs in the areas of Small Business and Local Partnerships, Business Development and Retention, Investment Marketing, Economic Research and Business Information. For more information, visit: View

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