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Starting a Business in Canada

Newcomers often come to Canada with a wealth of business experience and are highly educated and skilled in various sectors. With the right supports in place, self-employment is a highly viable option for newcomers. Small and medium sized businesses in Ontario contributed over 98.5% of all new jobs created in Canada over the last 10 years (Statistics Canada).

Entrepreneurship Connections®

Entrepreneurship Connections® is designed for newcomers who plan to start a business in Canada. If you have owned or operated a business outside Canada, this innovative and informative program will help you use that experience in the Canadian market. You will receive individual coaching to start a business. This includes developing a business plan, receiving legal consultation, and benefiting from the support of an established mentor. This program operates part-time for four weeks so that you will have time to apply what you are learning in the classroom.

Entrepreneurship Connections® is now being offered nationally! In addition to our Toronto cohorts, we will be offering this unique program in Hamilton, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Moncton. Some locations will be offering condensed boot-camp sessions both in English and Arabic, please check our our events page to see our upcoming schedule. Please click here to visit our events page to find an info session and program close to you.

Program Benefits:

  • Individualized coaching to start your business
  • Guidance to develop a marketable business plan
  • Advice on how to target investors and secure funding
  • Legal consultation to help launch your business
  • Strengthen your knowledge of strategic planning
  • Work with established entrepreneurs as mentors
  • Strengthen your understanding of HR infrastructure
  • Learn how to brand and market your business

Entrepreneurship Connections® is funded by the Government of Canada.

To learn more about Entrepreneurship Connections®, please click here to email Ying Que or call us at 416.921.1800.

Fill out the form to learn more about Entrepreneurship Connections®

Please fill out the form below to learn more about the Entrepreneurship Connections® Program at ACCES Employment. Our team will follow up with you regarding your interest in participating in our program.  Please note that filling out this form does not mean you a registered for this course. 

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Entrepreneurship Connections® for Syrian Newcomers

يقدم برنامج ريادة الأعمال للسوريين القادمين الجدد إلى كندا المساعدة للسوريين الراغبين بإطلاق مشروعهم الخاص. في حال كان لديكم مشروعكم الخاص خارج كندا أو ترغبون بإطلاق مشروعكم هنا في كندا، سيقدم هذا التدريب المجاني الذي يُقام لمدة يوم واحد معلومات ستساعدك على إطلاق مشروع ناجح في سوق الأعمال الكندي.

:فوائد البرنامج

يقدم البرنامج معلومات عن العناصر الرئيسية لخطة العمل وموضوعات أخرى متعلقة بريادة الأعمال بما في ذلك على سبيل المثال لا الحصر:

دراسة السوق •

قضايا قانونية •

ثقافة الأعمال الكندية وطرق التواصل •

الحصول على  تمويل للمشاريع •

For more information about the upcoming program, please click here (Arabic flyer) or click here (English flyer)


Program Cohorts

Cohort #

Start Date – End Date

Cohort 37

May 13 – June 7, 2019

Cohort 38

July 2 – July 26, 2019

Cohort 39

September 3 – 27, 2019

Cohort 40

November 4 – 29, 2019

Cohort 41

January 6 – 31, 2020

Cohort 42

February 18 – March 13, 2020


Information Sessions

Location: ACCES Toronto

Morning – First Wednesday @ 10:00 AM

Evening – Third Wednesday @ 6:00 pm

2019: May 1, June 5, August 7, October 2 December
2020: February 5

April 17, May 15, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18
2020: January 22

 Location: ACCES Other Locations

Time : 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

ACCES North York

2019: June 19, August 28
2020: January 15

ACCES Mississauga

2019: May 27, October 30, December 11
2020: February 12

ACCES Scarborough

2019: July 3, September 10

ACCES Brampton

2019: June 26


2019: May 8, May 30, June 11, July 31, August 14, September 4,, November 6, January 8, January 26, December 20
2020: March 4