Small Business Resources for New Canadians

If you are new to Canada and interested in starting a business, the Halton Region Small Business Centre can help. We offer one-on-one consultations, educational and networking sessions and a business resource library.  Come to one of our general information sessions and learn how we can help today.

General information sessions for new Canadians include:

  • Business registration
  • Name protection
  • Municipal licensing
  • Insurance
  • Financing
  • HST
  • Business planning

The next session is taking place on June 13 at the Newcomer Centre (Centre for Education & Training) from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  There is no cost for the session but registration is required.  Call 905-875-3851 ext. 5008 to book your spot.

The Halton Region Small Business Centre, in partnership with the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC), is offering a program for new Canadians looking to start a small business.  Our business consultants are available to meet one-on-one.  A consultant will be at HMC on Wednesday, May 21 and you can book an appointment by calling 905-842-2486.

Another great resource is the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) Newcomer Program. The CYBF Newcomer Program provides support to new Canadians between 18-39 years old by offering start-up coaching, financing, mentoring and other business expertise and resources.  For more information about the CYBF program dial 311.

The Canada Business Ontario (CBO) website also has info-guides that are designed to help guide you through the federal and provincial programs, services and regulations.  The info-guides are available online in the following languages:

  • عربي(Arabic)
  • 中文 (Chinese – Simplified)
  • 中文 (Chinese – Traditional)
  •  فارسی (Farsi)
  • Français
  •  Italiano (Italian)
  • 한국의 (Korean)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi)
  • Pусский (Russian)
  • Espanol (Spanish)
  • Tagalog (Tagalog)
  • اردو (Urdu)

The Halton Region Small Business Centre is here to help you. One of the goals of the Centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and give you the tools to achieve success.  For more information about resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311, 1-866-442-5866, online at, by email at or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.


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