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. The Microlending for Women in Ontario program will provide close to 175 microloans. In total, over 630 low-income women will receive business readiness supports and financial skills training to help them on a successful path as entrepreneurs.
Connect Legal: Toronto
Connect Legal will provide women in microlending programs with tailored workshops to address important legal issues related to microenterprises.
Director of Programs
Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund: Northwestern Ontario
Nishnawbe-Aski Development Fund will establish four new microlending circles for Aboriginal women in northwestern Ontario.
807-623-5397 ext. 26
PARO: Northeastern Ontario
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise will expand its existing microlending program into remote communities in northeastern Ontario for Aboriginal, Francophone and rural women.
Welland Heritage Council: Niagara Region
The Welland Heritage Council will develop a new microlending program for immigrant and Francophone women in the Niagara Region.
905-732-5337 ext. 128
Women’s Centre of York Region: York Region
The Women’s Centre of York Region will develop a new microloan program in York Region by providing graduates of their business training program with microloans in a business start-up environment.
Co-ordinator, Microfinance Program
905-853-9270 ext. 221
YWCA Hamilton: Hamilton and area
YWCA of Hamilton will develop a new microlending program that will allow women in the Hamilton region to access start-up investments.
Manager of Employment Services
905-522-9922 ext. 151