Please note: Canada Business Ontario is now FedDev Ontario Small Business Services.
Our information and services remain the same.

Newcomer Entrepreneurs

If you are new to Canada and want to start your own business, Small Business Services (SBS) can help. Whether you come to Canada as a business immigrant, foreign investor or self-employed person, Small Business Services has a variety of resources to help you plan or start your business including:

Business guide for newcomers to Canada

You can learn about government resources for immigrant entrepreneurs in Ontario starting a business.

Futurpreneur Canada newcomer program

Recent immigrants between the ages of 18 and 39 years old can apply for money to start a business.

Work in your profession or trade

If you or one of your employees has acquired business skills, training or qualifications outside of Canada, this guide can help you get them recognized in Ontario.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Employers

Get help recruiting skilled foreign workers and international students for your business.

Business immigration programs

Find out if you can immigrate as an investor or as a self-employed individual.

Immigration and ethnocultural diversity

Browse statistical resources on ethnic groups, visible minorities, the Canadian-born population, immigrants and non-permanent residents.

In addition to being available in English and French, many documents are also offered in 13 other languages, including:

  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese - Simplified
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Chinese - Traditional
  • Polish
  • Tagalog
  • Farsi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • Portuguese

For more information on starting a business as a newcomer to Canada, contact Small Business Services today. Telephone services are available in English or French.