Funding for business women

Funding access helps your Canadian women-owned business capitalize on opportunities, diversify markets and grow globally.

Federal funding

Funding for women entrepreneurs

Women in Trade – Export Development Canada (EDC)

Insurance solutions to protect your exports, working capital and financing options.

Woman entrepreneur – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Financing to fuel growth.

Women in Technology (WIT) Fund – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Venture capital for Canadian technology businesses.

Futurpreneur Canada

Financing, mentoring and support for aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs aged 18–39.

Women Entrepreneurship Fund – Startup Canada

Micro-grants for Canadian entrepreneurs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Market expansion

CanExport

Financial support to help your Canadian business develop and access exciting new export opportunities.

Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA)

Help for Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service to explore  vast opportunities in foreign markets.

Expand your search for financing

Funding and support programs

Explore the programs offered by the Trade Commissioner Service.

Innovation Canada

Share your story and discover what the Government of Canada can do for your business.

Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada

Learn about the National association of professional business support organizations for women entrepreneurs.

Words of wisdom

“I knew China had great potential for us, so I reached out to the Business Women in International Trade team. They connected me with the CanExport program. With their help, we received funding to pursue our opportunities in China.”

– Manon Pilon, CEO, Derme&Co., Montreal, QC

Regional funding for women

Eastern Canada

Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations

Loans and funding opportunities for Atlantic Canada-based businesses.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. – The Export Growth Program

Financial contributions that  help businesses visit or invite potential partners/clients from outside the province.

Prince Edward Island – Trade and Export Supports

Funding for international business trips and marketing.

Central Canada

Quebec

Export Québec (available in French only)

Contributions that help Quebec-based companies grow internationally.

Femmessor (available in French only)

Loans between $20,000 and $150,000 for women entrepreneur in Quebec.

Ontario

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – Export Market Access

Contributions for Canadian small businesses to fund international expansion.

Microlending for Women in Ontario

Start-up loans to help low-income women start and build successful businesses.

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

Community loans to help women start or grow a business.

Western Canada

SME Export Support Fund Alberta

Contributions that fund export-related activities for Alberta-based businesses.

Women’s Enterprise Centre British Columbia

Business loans for BC-based business women.

Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba

Loans up to $150,000 for Manitoba businesses for start-up, expansion or the purchase of an existing business.

Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP) – Market Access Program (MAP)

Contributions for Saskatchewan-based STEP members to fund export-related activities.

Connect with Business Women in International Trade (BWIT)

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