Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

The full and equal participation of women in the economy is not just the right thing to do, it's good for the bottom line.  

That's why the Government of Canada is advancing women's economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.

Only 16% of Canadian businesses are owned or led by women and yet studies show that by advancing women's economic participation in the economy Canada could add up to $150 billion in GDP.

WES is a whole-of-government approach to helping women grow their businesses through access to financing, talent, networks and expertise.

Video: Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, invites you to find out more about the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Learn more about the Women Entrepreneurship Fund and the hundreds of women-led businesses across Canada receiving up to $100,000 in federal funding to help them grow and reach new markets.


WES Ecosystem Fund

Are you a woman entrepreneur looking for networks of support, mentorship or help in growing your business? Check out the WES funded ecosystem organizations that exist to help you achieve your business goals across Canada.


The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

Are you looking for data on women's entrepreneurship? Check out the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, your one-stop source for knowledge, data and best practices for women entrepreneurs.


WES Expert Panel

The Panel advises on a range of issues, including identifying and providing options to solve gaps in services and supports available to women entrepreneurs in Canada.


Canada Business App

The Canada Business App complements the Government of Canada's efforts to make it easier for small businesses.


Latest news for women entrepreneurs

August 19, 2019

Minister Ng announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investments

August 15, 2019

Minister Ng announces investment in Everest Clinical Research

August 15, 2019

Parliamentary Secretary Hébert announces investment in women entrepreneurship

August 9, 2019

Minister Ng announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investments

August 9, 2019

Minister Ng announced investments supporting women entrepreneurs in Burlington and London

News archives

August 8, 2019

Minister Ng announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investments

August 7, 2019

Minister Ng announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investment

July 29, 2019

Minister Ng announces investments to scale up Canadian companies

July 25, 2019

Minister Goodale announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investments

July 22, 2019

Minister Ng announces investment in women entrepreneurs

July 22, 2019

Minister Qualtrough announces investment in Canadian Mattress Recycling Inc.

July 19, 2019

MP Lefebvre announces federal investment in local woman-led business

July 11, 2019

Minister Ng announced investments in women entrepreneurs and met with small business owners in Montréal

July 10, 2019

Minister Ng announces investment in women entrepreneurs

July 9, 2019

Minister Jordan announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investments in Atlantic Canada

July 4, 2019

Minister Duclos announces investment in women's entrepreneurship

July 4, 2019

MP Arseneault announces federal investment of $2.2 million in CBDC Restigouche's national project to help women entrepreneurs

July 3, 2019

Minister Jordan announces support for women entrepreneurs in British Columbia

July 3, 2019

Minister Champagne announces investment in women entrepreneurs

June 28, 2019

Minister Ng announces federal investment of up to $2.1 million in the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and woman-led businesses in southern Ontario

June 27, 2019

Minister Hajdu announces investment in women entrepreneurs

June 26, 2019

Building Opportunities for Women in Business

June 18, 2019

Parliamentary Secretary Hébert announces investment in woman-led company in Gatineau with Parliamentary Secretary Fergus

June 12, 2019

Women entrepreneurs and exporting: Carleton University and The Beacon Agency conduct national study with BDC and EDC

June 7, 2019

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Task Group Gathers to Advance Women's Economic Participation and Leadership

June 5, 2019

Minister Ng attended the Women Deliver Conference and announced investments in women entrepreneurs

June 5, 2019

Minister Ng announces investments in women entrepreneurs in Vancouver

May 29, 2019

PS Poissant announces investment in women-owned company in Saint-Damien-de-Buckland

May 23, 2019

Government of Canada helps women in Edmonton prepare for high demand and well-paying jobs in the construction trades

May 22, 2019

FedDev Ontario supports women-led tech company in Kitchener

May 21, 2019

In lead up to Women Deliver 2019, Government of Canada announces innovative cross-sector partnerships to advance gender equality

May 21, 2019

Minister Garneau announces investment in women-led companies in Montréal

May 16, 2019

Female entrepreneurial voices amplified in Nova Scotia's business sector

May 13, 2019

Minister Joly announces investment in women-led companies in Victoria

May 10, 2019

The Minister of National Revenue announces expanded service to help small businesses

May 8, 2019

Government of Canada helping small businesses innovate

May 4, 2019

Minister Ng announced investments in export promotion and women entrepreneurs in Alberta

May 4, 2019

Minister Ng announces investment in women-led companies in Edmonton

May 3, 2019

Social.mom is looking to break into the U.S. and French markets

May 3, 2019

Minister Ng announces investment in women-led companies in Calgary

May 2, 2019

EDC unveils $50M program for more Canadian women entrepreneurs to take on the world

April 25, 2019

Minister Ng met with entrepreneurs and small business owners and announced investments in export promotion and women entrepreneurs in Vancouver and Burnaby

April 15, 2019

Minister Ng announces investment in women entrepreneurs

April 4, 2019

Funding supports professional development for British Columbia farmers

March 13, 2019

Minister Carr in Saskatchewan to highlight greater opportunities for Canadian businesses around the world

March 12, 2019

Minister Bibeau highlights Government support for women in agriculture

March 8, 2019

Minister Ng announces first successful applicants of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund

March 8, 2019

Minister Ng met with female entrepreneurs in Yukon and British Columbia

March 5, 2019

Expert panel to provide advice on increasing women entrepreneurs in Canada

January 24, 2019

Minister Carr announces first woman president and CEO of Export Development Canada

December 19, 2018

Minister Ng and Minister Monsef meet with local women entrepreneurs


Other Women Entrepreneurship Strategy programs

Business Women in International Trade

Want to grow and explore new markets? Majority women-owned firms and women entrepreneurs can explore potential trade opportunities in international markets through Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioners Service's Business Women in International Trade program.


Farm Credit Canada

Are you a women entrepreneur in the agriculture and agri-food sector? Farm Credit Canada unveiled a Women Entrepreneur Program – an investment of $500 million over the next three years – to provide financing, events and resources specifically for women entrepreneurs to start or grow their businesses.


Business Development Bank of Canada

Need access to financing? Are you part of a women-led business in tech? The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), has committed to increase its lending to majority women-owned businesses to $1.4 billion. In addition, the BDC Capital Women in Technology Venture Fund  - a $200 million Fund, one of the largest funds of its kind world wide – is investing in women-led technology companies and building a robust ecosystem to support women in tech today and in the future.

In 2018-2019, BDC's WE Talk Business Boot Camps also provided women entrepreneurs and businesses owners across Canada with practical advice on leadership, growth strategies, financial literacy, sales and marketing, and human resources.


Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative

Curious about how the venture capital ecosystem is being made more inclusive? The $400-million Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (VCCI) aims to improve financing opportunities for women and under-represented groups. A portion of the funds made available under this initiative are dedicated to enhancing diversity and increasing women's participation in the venture capital ecosystem.


Export Development Canada

Need help exporting? Export Development Canada (EDC) committed $250 million over three years to provide financing and insurance solutions for women-owned and women-led businesses that are exporting or looking to begin exporting. To complement this commitment, EDC has announced a $50 million Women in Trade Investments Program to offer equity capital specifically designed to help Canadian women entrepreneurs.


Department for Women and Gender Equality

The Department for Women and Gender Equality has provided $4 million in funding through its Women's Program since 2016-2017 for projects working to strengthen economic opportunities for entrepreneurial women. Budget 2019 announced $160 million over 5 years for the Women's Program.


CanExport

CanExport provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered in Canada to help them develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets.

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