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Funding Resources for Women-Owned Businesses “ Ohhh Canada”

We've got the inside scoop on funding access that'll help your woman-powered biz grab exciting opportunities! Here is a list of resources 🚀

Federal Funding


Trade Commissioner Service Funding For Market Expansion

As of 2022, CanExport funding may be used to cover annual supplier diversity certification costs for women-owned, Indigenous-owned, visible minority-owned and 2SLGBTQI+-owned companies when submitting a project within a market that recognizes certification (for example, the U.S.).


Development program to help Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service to explore vast opportunities in foreign markets. Specific cohorts are organized for women-owned and led businesses.


Support for Canadian companies to pursue international research and development (R&D) collaborations with foreign partners.


Funding for Women Entrepreneurs

Insurance solutions to protect your exports, working capital and financing options.


Financing to fuel growth.


Venture capital for Canadian technology businesses.


Financing, mentoring and support for aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs aged 18–39.


Regional Funding for Women

Eastern Canada

Loans and funding opportunities for Atlantic Canada-based businesses.


Financial contributions that help businesses visit or invite potential partners/clients from outside the province.


Funding for international business trips and marketing.


Central Canada


Export Québec (available in French only)

Contributions that help Quebec-based companies grow internationally.


Loans between $20,000 and $150,000 for women entrepreneur in Quebec.



Community loans to help women start or grow a business.


Western Canada

Contributions that fund export-related activities for Alberta-based businesses.


Business loans for BC-based business women.


Loans up to $150,000 for Manitoba businesses for start-up, expansion or the purchase of an existing business.


Contributions for Saskatchewan-based STEP members to fund export-related activities.


Expand Your Search for Financing

Discover what the Government of Canada can do for your business through grants, loans, private and public sector financing.


Learn about the National association of professional business support organizations for women entrepreneurs.


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