Starting a Business

Another way to earn money in Canada is to start your own business. Canada Business is a government information service for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Canada Business brings together federal, provincial/territorial and local information about programs, services and business tools that are available to help you. You can find this information online at www.canadabusiness.ca, by calling the Canada Business information line at 1-888-576-4444 or by visiting a Canada Business service centre in person (see the website for locations).

You may need financial assistance to start a business. Through the Canada Small Business Financing Program, the federal government makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions. For more information, visit www.ic.gc.ca or call 1-866-959-1699.

The municipal government in the city or town where you live is another good source of information and support for starting a business. Visit your city’s municipal website and look for the section on business. You can also use the Blue Pages of the telephone book to find a municipal information number you can call or a service centre you can visit.

Another useful resource is the Business Development Bank of Canada (www.bdc.ca or call 1-877-232-2269) which offers financing, venture capital and consulting services for small and medium-sized companies.

In addition, you can visit the BizPaL website (www.bizpal.ca). BizPal is an online service that simplifies the business permit and licensing process for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and business service providers. The Canada Business information line (1-888-576-4444) is available to provide answers to questions about BizPaL

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