Funding Sources

BMO Celebrating Women Grant – Open Until August 13, 2021



BMO, in collaboration with Deloitte, is pleased to present the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program.

10 Women-Owned Businesses will each receive a $10,000 grant, and an additional 8 will receive a $2,500 grant for their business

Sustainability is fundamental to BMO’s Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. In line with BMO’s commitment to direct capital to achieve positive sustainability impacts, applicants for the 2021 BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program will be evaluated for their contribution to social, environmental and/or economic sustainability outcomes. Applicants are asked to demonstrate how they are creating positive impacts, or minimizing negative impacts, for their customers, communities, employees and/or other stakeholders. Impacts can be generated through an organization’s policies, practices or products, where these advance sustainability objectives such as those of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Link to Apply here


IFund Women 10K plus 1 year of coaching open Until August 3, 2021



Visa She’s Next Grant Program for Canadian Entrepreneurs

Visa is back with more funding opportunities for women-owned businesses in Canada, in partnership with IFundWomen.  As part of Visa’s continued commitment to support small businesses, women entrepreneurs in Canada are encouraged to apply for another chance to win $10,000 CAD plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching membership. Applications are being accepted through August 3, 2021. No purchase necessary. See official rules for more details.

Link to Apply here


TELUS – Open until Oct. 31, 2021

We’re committing $1M to champion small business.

TELUS Business is a proud supporter of Canadian business.  That’s why we’re committing $1M in funding, local advertising and mentorship to showcase their incredible stories and community impact.

Apply for your chance to receive $10,000 and more

We’re championing small business owners with incredible stories of resilience and community impact.  Share your story with us for your chance to receive funding, local advertising and mentorship. Selected recipients will be announced weekly until October 31, 2021. See application rules for details.



The PARO program  offers a grant/loan program.  The first level is $1000 (50% grant that is not paid back, 50% paid back), the second level is $2000 (50% grant and 50% paid back).  The program is managed through PARO who provide the grant and LAMBAC who manage the loan portion. For Manitoulin Island contact  705-368-3114

NOTE:  As of June 28th, my company has been hired under a 1 year contract with the PARO organization in the role of Business Growth Advisor.  My goal with this position is to be able to identify and promote all of the things that can be offered to WOMEN through the PARO network.  I have always promoted PARO, now I will have more details on all of the services, other than just Peer Circles.

BIZ Growth Fund (a funding partnership between PARO and FedNor. 


$5,000 Stream 1: Growth, Scale-up and Recovery. If you are an existing women owned business in Northern Ontario and are looking to grow, scale-up, or expand BizGrowth may be for you. Businesses may have difficulty moving their business to the next level and this program is designed to help businesses increase and capitalize on market opportunities to grow and expand. The purpose is to assist businesses to expand into new markets, implement innovative plans, including recovery from Covid19 Pandemic impacts. For this stream, applications will be accepted until March 31, 2022 or until all funds have been committed.

IFund Women

IFundWomen is the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses and the people who want to support them with access to capital, coaching, and connections.

We offer immediate access to capital through a premium online fundraising experience, access to small business grants from corporate partners, expert business coaching on all the topics entrepreneurs need to know about, and a network of women business owners that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge and ignites action.


Northern Ontario Women – NOW program A Project to stimulate women-owned and women-led business start-ups and scale-ups by increasing access to business development supports throughout the Northern Ontario region. – . This is a grant program that has an open periods that you must work within, the current intake closes November 30th. Sue Whynott is the liaison and her email is


Programs for Ontario Businesses As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street is proud to announce three new programs to support businesses across Ontario.


LAMBAC.  The contact person is Carolyn and she can be reached at 705-282-3215.  Email  LAMBAC is a Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) sponsored by Innovation Science And Economic Development / FedNor, created to support small and medium-sized business and community economic development. LAMBAC supports businesses through small business loans and resources. The organization administers local investment funds to help finance new or existing small and medium sized business and social enterprises for start-up, expansion or stabilization that will maintain or create jobs. LAMBAC is a one-stop source for information and guidance on starting, expanding and operating a business in the LaCloche Manitoulin region. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or existing business owner, we are here to help.


FedNor to check out their programs. FedNor is the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs and services, and through its financial support of projects that lead to job creation and economic growth, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.   The contact person is Arik Theijsmeijer and he works out of the LAMBAC office in Gore Bay and he can be reached at 705-665-3185 or 1-877-333-6673

NOHFC (Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation)

Nohfc The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) was established in 1988 with a mandate to promote and stimulate economic development initiatives in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects that stabilize, diversify and foster the economic growth and diversification of the region. Contact person is Kristen Luoma  (Gore Bay office)  705-282-1429

Blue Sky Net  BTIF Program

BTIF is a FedNor-funded initiative which assists businesses develop their capacity for e-business and in effect their ability to compete and thrive in the digital age. Blue Sky Net, through BTIF, is committed to helping small-to-medium-sized businesses in the Blue Sky Net region within Northeastern Ontario who are looking to enhance their capacity for business technology and their ability for technology adoption.  The BTIF grant helps to alleviate the costs of implementing innovative technology solutions for your business that will help take you to the next level.  

Ontario Business Grants

BDC – Business Development Bank  The Ontario Business Grants website will provide you with a drop down set of criteria to complete to help you find the type of funding, loans, grants that will suit your needs. There are currently (as of 2020 18 programs available for Women-owned businesses.  

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

If your business has been directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible to access these credit options:

  • Up to $60,000 interest-free loans through the Canada Emergency Business Account
  • Up to $12.5 million for operational cash flow through the BDC Co-Lending Program
  • Junior loans ranging between $12.5 million and $60 million through the BDC Mid-Market Financing Program

Aboriginal Specific Funding

NACCA, the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association

NACCA.CA.  NACCA, the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, is a network of over 50 Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) dedicated to stimulating economic growth for all Indigenous people in Canada.

Waubetek  The Waubetek Business Development Corporation is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled organization that delivers business financing and economic development services to First Nations and Aboriginal entrepreneurs in North-Eastern Ontario