Small Business Resources for Newcomers

small-business-owners-for-newcomer-blogMore and more new Canadians are seeking information on starting up a new business, whether it’s a micro-business, a small to medium enterprise or starting a business utilizing their foreign education credentials.

We often meet with individuals who may have limited English language proficiency or who are looking to have their professional credentials recognized in the Canadian economy. There are many resources available to newcomers, both online and here at the Halton Region Small Business Centre to help navigate the Canadian business landscape. Here are some highlights of what resources are available online.

Canada Business Ontario has a wealth of small business resources for all Canadians as well as specific information that is helpful for newcomers to navigate small business information in Canada. A significant feature of this website is that information is available in 14 various languages, to aid in the translation of terms and regulations. This information is available in: Arabic , Chinese (simplified)Chinese (traditional),  Farsi,   ItalianKoreanPolish, PortuguesePunjabiRussianSpanishTagalog , and Urdu. In addition to this, there is information and contact information pertaining to the following:

  • Legal work status in Canada
  • An interactive Job bank
  • Working in Ontario – an integrated search tool
  • Global experience Ontario – foreign trained (non-healthcare) professionals
  • HealthForceOntario – Internationally educated health professionals
  • Getting started in business – business planning
  • Regulations
  • Legal questions
  • Taxation
  • Hiring employees
  • Workplace safety
  • Employment standards
  • Importing and exporting

This website is a great starting point.  Additionally, individuals or business owners can meet with a consultant at the Halton Region Small Business Centre to discuss business topics and gain advice on how to move forward.

One of the goals of the centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and provide the right tools to achieve success.  For more information about resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by calling 1-866-442-5866, dial 311. You can visit us online at, by email at or in person at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.



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