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Invest Ottawa

Innovation Centre, Bayview Yards, 
7 Bayview Road
Ottawa, ON
K1Y 2C5

Invest Ottawa delivers economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region. Its goal is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a knowledge-based business.

Invest Ottawa services include startup incubation and mentorship, acceleration for existing companies, global business attraction and local business retention, targeted sector development, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life.

The organization delivers:

  • Many free programs and workshops available, on a continuous basis throughout the year, for basic information;
  • Free one-on-one 30-minute sessions with a business advisor, by appointment, help with specific questions;
  • Business advisory services include business plan and strategic reviews, market entry strategies, product evaluations and customer identification, competitive analysis, financial forecasting and capital structure assessment, governance and management evaluation and guidance, advice on investment pitch decks and assistance in crafting messages for the investment community, referrals to funding agencies, referrals to other Invest Ottawa programs and services, referrals to targeted investors;
  • Customized market research and access to a variety of databases; access to publications from more than 500 leading publishers and consulting firms worldwide. Detailed information and in-depth analysis of markets in different geographic areas;
  • Mentorship may be general or specific depending on company needs and requirements. Mentors are pre-qualified and are assigned to work with company management based on an appropriate match of skills and fit between the mentor and company senior management.

World Skills Employment Centre -  Enhanced Language Training for Entrepreneurs
300-219 Argyle Ave.
Ottawa, ON K2P 1B8
613-233-0453 Ext. 300

World Skills Employment Centre is a non-profit charitable organization that offers free services for immigrants who are looking for a job or who want to start their own business.
Enhanced Language Training for Entrepreneurs is a high-level 8-week language program with purpose of helping clients learn the language of effective business communication through the development of a complete business plan.

  • In this course, participants learn how to: write a business plan; understand Canadian business culture; understand customers by conducting primary and secondary market research; market a product or service; look at the operational and financial aspects of starting and running a business; and, present a business idea to potential investors through a simulated Dragon’s Den. 
  • Presentations are delivered by subject matter specialists on variety of topics.
  • Eligibility criteria: Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, or Live-in Caregiver, residing in Ontario with Canadian Language Benchmarks (listening, speaking, reading and writing) levels 6-9.

Algonquin College: Small and Medium Enterprise Program

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8

613-727-4723 and 

Algonquin College Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Programs range from those focused on entrepreneurship and basic business skills to more specialized programs such as law and human resources.


The Ignite AC Centre is a one-stop shop that provides Algonquin College students, faculty and staff an ecosystem of people, programs, resources and partnerships to expose, engage and enable their innovative and entrepreneurial endeavours. 

  • The Centre offers SUMMIT, a Summer Intensive Bootcamp. This three month program welcomes entrepreneurs who have a business idea in mind, and gives them the tools, workshops and resources they need to help them achieve their business goals. Each company is given up to $3,000 to move their business forward, and make their entrepreneurial dream a reality.

Impact Hub Ottawa

123 Slater Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4


Impact Hub Ottawa is a member based community and coworking space optimized for innovators, artists, professionals, and social entrepreneurs who are collectively creating a positive impact. 

  • Members access a creative and collaborative community and space to work, plug into innovative projects, and participate in learning and networking events.
  • Learning and training opportunities include skill-building and networking experiences that provide members the cutting-edge knowledge, tools and relationships they need to do good better. Available programming includes, Impact Academy, an early stage incubation program for social enterprise.

Impact Hub Ottawa is part of a global network of over 15,000 purpose driven individuals and organizations in more then 85 Impact Hubs around the world.

Collab Space

70 Bongard Avenue

Ottawa, ON, K2E 7Z9


Collab Space (Collab) is an incubator- inspired coworking facility that gives owners of startups and established small businesses a place to work in a professional environment, amongst a community of collaborative, growth-oriented peers. Access to on-site mentors, meeting rooms, roundtable discussions, networking events, free parking, and the ability to pitch to a board of investors offer entrepreneurs what they require to take their business to the next level.

  • Coworking space with packages customised to suit the needs of different business models.
  • Variety of meeting rooms and event space for rent.
  • Business education available for members and the public, in the form of roundtable discussions, workshops, and more. Meet with mentors one-on-one to answer questions specific to your business. 

Free networking for entrepreneurs at a monthly event, Entrepreneurs In Action.

The CodeFactory

100 Gloucester Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A4


The CodeFactory is a bootstrap business incubator and shared workspace focused on providing value to clients (entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organizations), facilitating their success, and becoming a partner in their long term sustainable growth. Its goal is to help create value for clients and be an active contributor toward their success.

The CodeFactory services include facilitating a high trust learning environment, peer-to-peer based knowledge transfer, talent acquisition, and building bootstrap startup survival skills and business competencies for our clients. TheCodeFactory is an entrepreneurial organization culturally aligned with and funded by clients and the business community.

The organization delivers:

  • Employee to Entrepreneur ( an interactive peer-to-peer learning program designed for new entrepreneurs and people transitioning from large organizations to entrepreneurship. The program leverages their existing transferable skills and builds new skills and knowledge related to basic startup business competencies.
  • Students and Startups ( is an interactive event that runs several times each year. The program is based on the philosophy that students want meaningful and relevant employment and startups want energetic and enthusiastic employees.
  • Flexible, Hassle-Free Shared WorkSpace. TheCodeFactory was created to be a place for motivated entrepreneurs to work, network and make connections all the while growing themselves and their businesses to the next level without making a commitment to a long term-lease.

Ottawa Community Loan Fund / Fonds d'emprunt communautaire d'Ottawa

308-2211 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X5


The Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) is a non-profit organization working for financial inclusion in the Ottawa area. OCLF arranges loans to start, buy or expand your business, and professional development loans to increase employability. Professional Development loans can be used for covering costs such as professional licensing, credentials recognition and tuitions.

OCLF provides financial literacy and entrepreneurship education through community partners for on-site delivery. 

  • Loans: Business loans up to $15.000 (with an option of $45.000 for borrowers aged 18-39 yrs old) and Professional Development loans up to $5.000 (minimum of $100).
  • Interest rates: usually 6% above the current bank prime rate
  • Services: one-on-one counseling on business plan development, marketing, market research, and strategic planning.
  • Basic eligibility criteria: 18 years of age or older, resident of Ottawa, either a Permanent Resident or a Canadian Citizen.

Please visit the OCLF website for more details regarding loan eligibility and process.


Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA)

208-1173 Cyrville Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1J 7S6


The Regroupement des gens d'affaires de la Capitale Nationale Inc. (RGA), established in 1983, is the leading regional economic organization that bridges business people from Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais.

  • The RGA membership links over 700 businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, managers and business owners.
  • The mission of the RGA is to unite the business community of the National Capital Region into an economic force that works to create an environment conducive to the prosperity of its members and to the economic development of the region.

Société économique de l'Ontario (SÉO)

214 Montréal Road, bureau 202
Ottawa (Ontario) K1L 8L8


SÉO is a provincial network with proven experience in economic development, entrepreneurship, employability, and immigration.  SÉO contributes to the prosperity of Ontario and Canada by striving to ensure the full participation of economic stakeholders in the province’s bilingual and Francophone sector. 

  • SÉO focuses their efforts on innovative and promising economic sectors, and through innovative initiatives stimulates new interprovincial, national and international markets.
  • SÉO helps to promote an entrepreneurial culture with young people, while assisting businesses to create, expand and plan for succession. 
  • SÉO creates opportunities for bilingual and Francophone businesses and investors in Ontario. 
  • SÉO offers a range of innovative services and practices to meet the new and up-coming economic market trends.  
  • SÉO attracts Francophone talent to Ontario, and helps ensure their successful integration into the labour market.
  • SÉO effectively supports the provincial and federal governments in Francophone immigration.


La Cité des affaires

Pavillon F, Local F3270
801 promenade de l'Aviation
Ottawa, ON, K1K 4R3

613 742-2475

La Cité des Affaires is the entrepreneurial section of the Collège La Cité, the most important French language college in Ontario.

A wide array of services and programs meet the needs of the various groups using the services of La Cité:  private enterprise and public sector employees, adults training for the workplace, new Canadians needing integration support and language training, and international students.

Ottawa Chamber of Commerce

328 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON K2P 0J9


The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce  represents over 700 members and 27,000 employees from multiple industries.
The Chamber advocates for the economic prosperity of its community through advocacy, dialogue and connections. The Chamber helps Ottawa companies of all sizes increase their visibility, raise their profile, and create new business opportunities through business partnerships, networking, educational events, award recognitions, publications, and innovative business practices.


Business Assistance Program


The Business Assistance Program offers effective, low-cost solutions to business need for assistance in order to improve their bilingual customer services:  reduced cost for translation services; spoken French workshops, tailored for the service industry; help recruiting bilingual staff.

Lead to Win

Lead To Win is a business development program with the objective to establish and grow businesses in Canada's National Capital Region.

Initially, the Lead To Win (LTW) program was founded to develop technology based business, but over time the program has grown to also encompass all growth-oriented businesses. The goal has remained the same: each business is to generate a minimum of six jobs in the next three years.

Forum for International Trade and Training (FITT)

  • International marketing, trade research, trade finance, legal aspects. Training programs.
  • Achieve Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) Designation.

In-TAC Accounting and Taxation Services

Suite 5, 725 Somerset Street W,
Ottawa, ON K1R 6P7


As a social enterprise, International Talent Acquisition Centre offers a range of business support services for self employed, micro and small business and new start ups. This includes the following:

  • Free set up of Chart of Account and 3-month bookkeeping for new businesses and start-ups;
  • Special accounting and taxation service package for small businesses, self employed, including bookkeeping, corporate and personal tax filing, payroll and HST and financial reporting;
  • Workshops offered once a month on various topics in legal, accounting and finance, small business accounting, taxation, business plan writing, import and export, etc.;
  • Office IT set up and support; business immigrant support;  interpretation and translation services;
  • Services provided in English and Chinese; other languages available are Spanish, Arabic and French by appointments,  and are open to all.  In-TAC is an initiative of the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre, 381 Kent St. Ottawa, ON.

OCISO (Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization)

400 Cooper Street,  Suite 2000
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H8

613-725-0202 / 613-725-5671

OCISO’s Community Economic Development Program explores, identifies and creates opportunities for economic development initiatives within the immigrant community in Ottawa.

OCISO has formed partnerships with local employers within the private and public sectors, offering them the opportunity to participate in OCISO’s Career Mentorship Program where they have the opportunity to support the economic integration of new Canadians while developing their mentoring skills.

Kagita Mikam Aboriginal Employment and Training

456 McArthur Ave, Box # 5
Ottawa, ON K1K 4B5


  • Applicants must have high school education or equivalent; need working level English.
  • Entry into program in September and in January; admissions.
  • SME Management Program lasts two-years, and must be complete within five years. 
  • Intermediate level.
  • Classroom and online classes. 
  • Courses offered at 4 levels:  Include business plan, management, marketing, financial management, accounting, information and communications technologies, e-business, global entrepreneurship.
  • Also part-time and continuing education in Business-related subjects (administration, accounting, bookkeeping, management, etc.)