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Business Resources

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Welcome to our "Business Resources" page.  Here you will find links to various publications, videos and resources related to entrepreneurship, business, and economic development. 

The information is provided for informational purposes only. 

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Aboriginal Business

Aboriginal Business Development Toolkit: If you’re an Aboriginal person thinking about starting or expanding a business, this toolkit has been developed with you in mind.

Canada Revenue Agency: CRA's quick reference of tax benefits and exemptions that apply to Aboriginal Canadians under the Canadian Indian Act.

Business Permits & Licensing

BizPal:  The step-by-step process to generate a customized list of permits and licences you may need to operate or open your business is now simplified and more user-friendly, guaranteeing access to results faster.

Canada Business Network: Find details about your businesses obligations.

Business Planning

Business Development Canada (BDC): BDC business plan templates let you prepare a professional business plan - a necessity when seeking financing for your project.

Canada Business Network: Find out how to write a business plan, and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.

Community Planning

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada: Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) is a priority for many First Nations who see it as an effective tool to build healthy and sustainable communities that improve the quality of life for their members.  Download CCP Handbook.  


Entrepreneurship 101: Essential information for emerging entrepreneurs. Based on the Entrepreneurship 101 business training course, these lecture videos and related resources provide startup business training online to help you start and grow your company. A short test to assess your entrepreneurship personality. Self-assessment for Entrepreneurs.

Youth Entrepreneurship Guide: This guide will introduce you to the basics of starting a business, and the government programs avaiable to young entrepreneurs in Ontario.

Finance Calculators

The Calculator Site: Features a variety of free financial calculators, imperial to metric converters and other useful calculation tools for general use.


Quit Smoking Community raises awareness of the consequences of smoking and helps communities become smoke free

American Cancer Society promotes health through education and awareness


Info Entrepreneurs: This guide outlines the key areas to look at and what to include in an effective marketing plan.

Social Marketing Starter Guide: The changing climate and how you can harness the power for your business.

Market Research

Industry Canada: Use these tools to research small business trends in Canada.

Ministry of Finance: Ontario demographics.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB):  CCAB offers unique programs and services that help facilitate sustainable relations between First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people and the Canadian business sector.   CCAB conducts and publishes a number of reports and surveys to fulfill their mandate.  Recent publications include:

Promise and Prosperity: Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey (2014)

Promise and Prosperity: Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey Report Highlights (2014)

Promise and Prosperity: The Aboriginal Business Survey (2011)

Community and Commerce: A Survey of Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations

North Superior Workforce Planning Board: NSWPB Mission Statement: “Connecting community partners to improve the quality of life in our communities through workforce development”  Visit their website for more reports specific to northwestern Ontario.

Construction Labor Market Outlook for Northwestern Ontario, March 31, 2014

Building a Superior Workforce: 2014-2015 Local Labor Market Plan 

Building a Workforce: 2013-2104 Local Labor Market Plan

Personal Finance

Equifax: Get your credit report and know your score.

Industry Canada/Office of Consumer Affairs: Along with the credit histories of millions of other people, your credit history is recorded in files maintained by at least one of Canada's major credit-reporting agencies: Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada. Expense calculator and tracker for personal budgeting.  If this is your first time tracking your expenses, or if you're getting back to it because your situation has changed, this site offers tips and tools to help you get started.

Small Business

Small Business Checkup: Are you looking to improve your business? The Small Business Check-up is designed to assist business managers and owners develop an action plan to improve their business operations.  

Starting a Business

Business Development Center:  Starting and registering a business in Ontario.

Starting and Registering a Business in Ontario:


Canada Revenue Agency: CRA's information page on Business, GST/HST and Payroll.

Grant Thornton: Tax planning guide and tax tables.

Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation: Ontario Business Program Guide, the Ontario government’s free, online directory of tax incentives, tax credits and government support programs for business.

Ministry of Finance: Learn about tax credits available to businesses and how to receive them.

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