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Entrepreneurship Connections Programs

Welcome to the resource hub for newcomer entrepreneurs looking to start their business in Canada.

Rhoda Patience Badze

"Entrepreneurship Connections has been an amazing experience. The program not only provided me with invaluable information about doing business in Canada but it also gave me access to mentors and helped me create networks. People who are invested in helping you succeed really helps to boost your confidence and morale. Thanks to ACCES I am well equipped to confidently take on the entrepreneurship journey in my new home country."

Company: EdgeBD Inc.

Amar Benaissa

“The Entrepreneurship Connection Pre-Arrival Program was a very positive and enlightening experience [...] I also had the opportunity to meet with amazing coaches and consultants, who shared their experience and advice with me. I now feel that I am equipped with both the skills and knowledge to pursue my entrepreneurial dream, and for that, I am grateful to ACCES, the team and all its sponsors and partners”
Company: Canadian Business and Language Academy

Araceli Fazzio

ECP was really helpful, the e-learning modules are easy to understand and the materials at the end of each module consolidate the knowledge achieved. [...] Also, the one-on-one conversation with an ECP consultant opened my mind to new opportunities that I had never considered before. She was kind and supportive all the time, provided me with numerous resources and materials that will help me to launch my business in the near future. I really appreciate all the support I received from the ECP, and I recommend it to everyone who would like to open a business in Canada.

Asma’u Atta

"The ACCES settlement program is a great initiative staffed with a ton of friendly, professionals that go the extra mile to help you succeed. Once you sign up, expect to jump right in."

Zhi (George) Tan & Hong (Veronica) Lan

"Thanks to ACCES for providing the Entrepreneurship Connections program to new comers like us. This program is like a boot camp to learn the knowledge of business professionally, and to build faith of entrepreneurship. We gained confidence from the program and gained friendship from the program. It is a wonderful experience and it will be a valuable fortune in our business journey."


Cesar Vargas

"Doing the Entrepreneurship Connections program at ACCES, was such a great experience to me. The most important thing about the program was to realize that you can do whatever you want in Canada, no matter your language or where you came from. This country gives you the opportunity to grow personal and professionally. You just have to work hard, but entrepreneurs know very well what that means."

Company: The Caricatures

Akracha Brink

"I have been very happy with the Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival program, which provided me with a much-needed foundation for me to start my own company in Canada... I would not have been able to do this without the support from [ACCES staff and their] constant check-ins! It helps a lot when you know someone is there for you and is helping you in every way possible!"

Company: Plato Coaching

Prajit Dasani

"The guidance and support provided has helped me a great deal and gave me the confidence to begin on this long dreamt path sooner then I could've imagined. I am sure if I am able to implement the learning and resources shared by the team, there is nothing that could prevent me from succeeding and contributing to the Canadian economy. I would highly recommend the course to all the budding entrepreneurs in Canada."

Company: Atrybe Inc

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About the Programs

New to Canada and thinking about starting your own business? ACCES Employment offers two programs to help newcomer entrepreneurs successfully launch their businesses.

Entrepreneurship Connections®

Entrepreneurship Connections is a free, intensive training program offered in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Moncton, with sessions in both English and Arabic. The program includes in-class training for up to 4 weeks, plus one year of mentorship and networking opportunities.

In this program, learn how to:

  • build a business plan
  • prepare for Canadian business culture and communication
  • navigate the Canadian legal system and taxation regulations
  • conduct market research
  • devise a market strategy

You will also receive one-on-one support from certified business coaches.

Entrepreneurship Connections® Pre-Arrival

Entrepreneurship Connections® Pre-Arrival (ECP) is a free program that helps you explore how you could use your experience and education to start your own business in Canada so you can decide if starting a business is the right decision for you. This program will provide you with multiple ways to explore entrepreneurship in Canada, including making connections with business experts and other potential entrepreneurs.

This program prepares internationally-trained professionals for the Canadian business market through 8 weeks of pre-arrival support, including:

  • self-employment readiness assessments
  • learning modules and webinars
  • online networking events
  • one-on-one support
  • targeted referrals to post-arrival resources 

For general inquiries about the Entrepreneurship Connections® Pre-Arrival (ECP) program, please click here  to email a member of the team to learn more about registering for these pre-arrival programs.


Toronto Cohorts

If you are interested in joining one of our Toronto cohorts, please register for one of the information sessions to learn more about the program and speak with our Entrepreneurship Connections team.

May 3 - May 28, 2021

Toronto Information Sessions

The information sessions for the Entrepreneurship Connections® program will be conducted through webinars, please refer to Online Information Sessions for upcoming dates.

*Please note, all info sessions will be held virtually until further notice.

Entrepreneurship Pre-Arrival Sessions

Thank you for your interest in Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival program. To learn more about how the program supports entrepreneurship and if the program is right for you, please attend one of the upcoming information sessions.

March 11, 10:00 AM

March 25, 10:00 AM

For more questions, please click here to connect with Ying Que.

Other ACCES Locations

The following information sessions for the Entrepreneurship Connections program will be held at various ACCES Employment locations across the GTA. Please note the location of the information session before registering.

Online Information Sessions

The following information sessions for the Entrepreneurship Connections program will be offered via webinar. Please note you will need a computer to access these information sessions.

March 17, 11:00 AM

March 24, 11:00 AM

March 31, 11:00 AM

April 7, 11:00 AM

April 14, 11:00 AM

April 21, 11:00 AM

Resources for Starting Your Own Business


How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Protected Person
  • Live-in caregivers with a temporary work permit
  • Interest in starting your own business

Is there a program fee?

No. The Entrepreneurship Connections program is offered free-of-charge. The program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Do you provide small business loans or financing?

The Entrepreneurship Connections program does not provide loans or financing. However, our expert trainers will equip you with knowledge and resources to access available funding for your business. ACCES Employment does not provide business start-up financing, income or childcare support to program participants.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

The Entrepreneurship Connections Program is a four-week, part-time intensive training program. To ensure your success in the program full attendance and completion of all course work is highly recommended.

Do I need a specific business idea to join the program?

The Entrepreneurship Connections Program currently accepts individuals with viable business ideas to participate in the program. However, if you are considering entrepreneurship as a career option, our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options including providing you with valuable community resources to lead you in the right direction.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Entrepreneurship Connections is offered at the following site:
  • Toronto
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