Written by: Classii Toronto Classifieds on December 22, 2017

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.

Current Programs:

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.

Catherine McNeely
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.

Lori Webster
Program Manager
905-732-5337 ext.128

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.

Karen McConvey
Microlending Program
905-853-9270 ext.221

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.

Medora Uppal
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.

Denise Sherritt
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.

Janice Wiggins
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.

Kimberley Bird
Loans Manager

Oasis Centre des femmes : Toronto
Oasis centre des femmes will establish a new microlending program for Francophone women entrepreneurs in the Greater Toronto Area.

Dada Gasirabo
Directrice générale
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.

Maria Talarico
Program Developer