The program supports low-income women who are seeking to start their own business by providing financial literacy training, entrepreneurial mentoring and skills development and life skills support. These skills will ensure women’s success in starting and growing their businesses.
Women who become business ready within these programs will be eligible to receive small loans (microloans) to start their businesses. Through the Microlending for Women in Ontario program, over 800 low-income women will receive business readiness supports and financial skills training to help them on a successful path as entrepreneurs.
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office of Toronto: Toronto
Thorncliffe is expanding its existing microlending program for newcomer women in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park and surrounding areas to help grow or start their home-based businesses.
Manager, Settlement, Language and Employment Programs
Welland Heritage Council: Niagara Region
The Welland Heritage Council is delivering a new microlending program for immigrant and Francophone women in the Niagara Region.
Women’s Centre of York Region: York Region
The Women’s Centre of York Region is delivering a new microlending program in York Region by providing graduates of their business training program with microloans in a business start-up environment.
YWCA Hamilton: Hamilton and area
YWCA of Hamilton is delivering a new microlending program that will allow women in the Hamilton region to access start-up investments.
Director of Operations, YWCA Hamilton
The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound: Thunder Bay and area
The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc. is delivering a new microlending program that will allow diverse women to access startup investments in the North Bay-Parry Sound Area.
705-474-0626 x 2425
Connect Legal: Toronto
Connect Legal is providing women in microlending programs with tailored workshops to address important legal issues related to microenterprises.
Director of Programs
Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund: Northern Ontario
Business training and microloans to assist low-income Aboriginal women, on and off reserve, to start a small business in Northern Ontario and to establish or rebuild credit.
Oasis Centre des femmes : Toronto
Oasis centre des femmes will establish a new microlending program for Francophone women entrepreneurs in the Greater Toronto Area.
416-591-6565, ext. 223
PARO: Northeastern Ontario
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is establishing its existing microlending program into remote communities in northeastern Ontario for Aboriginal, Francophone and rural women.