Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

A centrepiece of Budget 2018, the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy is a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, talent, networks and expertise. It highlights the Government of Canada's commitment to create a diverse, inclusive economy that supports prosperity and a better quality of life for all.

When women succeed, everyone succeeds

The Government of Canada recognizes that fostering diversity and inclusion is integral to creating an economy that works for everyone. The full and equal participation of women in the economy is essential to Canada's future competitiveness and prosperity.

Through the strategy, the Government of Canada will support women entrepreneurs in starting and growing world-class businesses that can compete and win on the world stage, boost economic growth and create good middle-class jobs.

Why a Women Entrepreneurship Strategy?

The numbers demonstrate the challenges women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses face.

Women-led businesses also face barriers in accessing capital. According to recent data, women entrepreneurs are less likely to seek debt and equity financing and are more likely to be rejected or receive less money.

Video: Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

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

New! Farm Credit Canada announces the Women Entrepreneur Program. It supports women entrepreneurs involved in the agriculture and agri-food sector by providing the capital they need to grow their business, along with the meaningful skill development opportunities they are seeking.

WES Expert Panel

To help guide the Government of Canada's efforts in regional and national programs, an Expert Panel has been established. The Panel will provide advice on gaps in support and services available to women entrepreneurs in Canada.

Key action areas

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy is based on four key action areas to address the challenges women entrepreneurs face as they move through the phases of business development:

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Helping women-led businesses grow

Through investment in areas such as mentoring, skills development and networking, the Government of Canada will help businesses grow, participate in federal procurement and export.

Helping women-led businesses grow


Increasing access to capital

The Government of Canada, with partners, will make additional capital available to help companies grow and access new markets.

Increasing access to capital


Improving access to federal business innovation programming

Reforms in federal business innovation programming will focus on improving the participation of
under-represented groups, including women entrepreneurs.

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Enhancing data and knowledge

The Government of Canada will fund the creation of an independent Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, to gather and disseminate information, data and best practices for women entrepreneurs.

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

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