A Resource Portal for Ottawa Service
Providers Working with Job Seekers


If you are working with a client who is considering entrepreneurship, you can point them to some of the self-assessments below to help them to determine their suitability on the Considering Entrepreneurship page.


If a client decides that they want to pursue entrepreneurship, there is a wide variety of programs and support in Ottawa and online resources to which you can point them. Some of these are highlighted below under the following headings:




Aboriginal Business Canada - Helps Aboriginal entrepreneurs and organizations achieve their business goals.


Canada Business Ontario  1.888.745.8888 - Free telephone research and information service with requests answered in five business days; multilingual Info-Guides and How to Guides that provide valuable information on many aspects of starting a business.


City of Ottawa Business portal - Information on starting, running and expanding a business with a focus on municipal resources and requirements.


Fresh Founders Ottawa - Source for connecting with local entrepreneurship resources. E


Innovation Works - Part of the “Ready.Set.Work.” initiative, provides an opportunity for at-risk youth ages 16-29 to explore, replicate, start-up and receive supports to start businesses in Ottawa. 


Invest Ottawa - Starting a Business Basics - Provides several resources for entrepreneurs looking to start their own business, ranging from FAQs, an accelerator program, business workshops and seminars, and one-on-one meetings with experienced mentors.


Launch! - A 12-week program to inspire and prepare youth to start their own business.


Ottawa Public Library Business Service - Helps local businesses find the information they need to be successful and stay competitive. Clients include existing businesses, new start-ups, and business students. Online resources include a business directory and business plans handbooks.  Free business consultation.


Ottawa Public Library Directory of Business Services - List of local services for entrepreneurs and businesses.


Public Library list of Government Services for Entrepreneurs - Links to different government programs for entrepreneurs.




Aboriginal Capital Corporations - Network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions dedicated to supporting Aboriginal business development.


Business Development Bank of Canada - Financing for businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as advice and other resources.


ODSP Employment Support - Provides support to people with disabilities to start their own business.


Ottawa Community Loan Fund - Loans and other financing packages for entrepreneurs and small businesses


Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program (OSEB) - Support for job-seekers looking at starting their own business.




Code Factory - Shared office space where entrepreneurs can work and connect. E


Exploriem - Office space and other resources for those looking to start their own business. E


HUB Ottawa - Forum for networking and collaboration between entrepreneurs as well as a shared workspace. E


Invest Ottawa Entrepreneurship Centre - Resources for aspiring entrepreneurs and information about seminars and events on entrepreneurship.


Invest Ottawa Mentorship & Business Advice - Mentors work with a company from inception to the first rounds of investment and beyond. This includes a service plan for all portfolio clients.


Mercury Grove - Startup accelerator in Ottawa that helps build the entrepreneurial community. E


Ontario Works: Self Employment - An Ontario Works employment activity that supports participants, who have a realistic business idea, to successfully develop their business (generally full-time but part-time may be approved).


Ottawa Young Entrepreneurs - Collaborative project between the four Ottawa post-secondary institutions designed to provide resources, mentorship and other programs to help young entrepreneurs succeed.


Startup Canada - Network for entrepreneurs to share information, resources, and engage in the entrepreneurial community. E

Still have questions?

Still have questions?

Search Ottawa's
eBluebook or call 211 now

...and remember to share new
resources on our homepage

Language key

Language Key

All resources are bilinguial
unless otherwise indicated
E = English only   F = French only