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Microlending for Women in Ontario Program 2012-2015

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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.

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.

Contact:
Catherine McNeely
Manager, Settlement, Language and Employment Programs
cmcneely@thorncliffe.org
416-275-9363

Welland Heritage Council: Niagara Region
The Welland Heritage Council is delivering a new microlending program for immigrant and Francophone women in the Niagara Region.

Contact:
Lori Webster
Program Manager
lwebster@wellandheritagecouncil.com
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.

Contact:
Catherine Madden
Executive Director
cmadden@wcyr.ca
905-853-9270

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.

Contact:
Medora Uppal
Director of Operations, YWCA Hamilton
muppal@ywcahamilton.org
905-522-9922

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.

Contact:
Denise Sherritt
Manager
denise.sherritt@cityofnorthbay.ca
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.

Contact:
Janice Wiggins
Director of Programs
jwiggins@connectlegal.ca
416-964-3933

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund: Northwestern Ontario
Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund is establishing four new microlending circles for Aboriginal women in northwestern Ontario.

Contact:
Colleen Martin
General Manager
cmartin@nadf.org
807-623-5397 ext. 26

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

Contact:
Dada Gasirabo
Directrice générale
dadag@oasisfemmes.org
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.

Contact:
Maria Talarico
Program Developer
mariat@paro.ca
807-625-0328

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