Start your own business

Have you been dreaming of starting your own business? This section features an array of articles and websites that will provide you with the information you need to achieve your goals.

Find financial products and services that meet your entrepreneurial needs.

Guide de démarrage de l'entreprise - Young Bar of Montreal (in French only)

The guide provides entrepreneurs with legal information about starting a business. The 2nd edition of the guide includes 20 articles by volunteer attorneys who specialize in various fields.

Guide ImmigrAffaires - ImmigrAffaires guide (in French only)

ImmigrAffaires is an information guide and reference for immigrants wishing to start a business in Quebec. This guide also informs readers of the realities of the labour market and the business community in Quebec.

Guide for Canadian Small Businesses - Canada Revenue Agency

If you are planning to start a business in Canada or if you already run one, this guide is for you. It features information on Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) programs that you should know about, as well as your rights and obligations as an entrepreneur.

Performance Plus - Industry Canada

Performance Plus is an interactive on-line financial performance tool to help new and established firms determine how they measure up to the competition. It allows you to enter your company's financial data confidentially and compare it to industry averages. This tool will assist you in making sound operational decisions.

A directory of Quebec government programs and services that includes information on assistance programs, speeches, pensions, permits and registration. There are also useful links to Web sites and online forms from various government departments and organizations.

Le petit guide de la franchise - Quebec Law Network

This guide (in French only) focusses on franchises. New franchisees can read the guide for find out about the fine points of franchising and better prepare their offer.

Business Access Canada - Government of Canada

Business Access Canada (BAC) was created to improve supplier and buyer awareness of federal business opportunities and of the Government of Canada procurement system. BAC simplifies access to Government procurement information.

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions promotes long-term economic development in these areas.

This site provides information on companies, statistics, financing, innovation, research, science and technology, intellectual property, radio, telecommunications, regional and rural development, regulations and standards, sustainability and environment, as well as trade and investment.

The ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale contributes to the social development and economic prosperity of Quebec by fostering the development of people by promoting employment, developing human resources, improving the job market, providing financial assistance to those in need, as well as fighting poverty and social exclusion.

The ministère's mission is to support economic development, innovation, export and research by fostering the coordination and co-development of various economic, scientific, social and cultural elements with a view to job creation, economic prosperity, scientific development and sustainable development.

Are you thinking about starting a business, and do you wish to know how to adequately meet your fiscal obligations? Revenu Québec can help. The information in this section guides you to the tools and resources you will need to achieve your goals.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office is a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada.

The enterprise registrar helps protect enterprises, associations and the public in their economic and social relations. To this end, the enterprise registrar maintains a public register to record, process, store and distribute the principal information concerning the identity of associations and enterprises incorporated or in operation in Québec.

Services Québec mission is to provide citizens and businesses throughout Québec with one-stop access to a host of public services.

The Réseau des SADC du Québec is a group of non-profit organizations that works to promote the best of the regions and ensure their development.

Since 1985 SAJE has been helping new entrepreneurs succeed by providing advisory services, coaching and training. Its Starting a Business training program assists entrepreneurs, self-employed workers and potential business buyers who would like to develop their business idea with creating a business plan—which is the cornerstone of every successful start-up!—or drafting a business purchase plan.

Entrepreneuriat Québec offers a wide range of training programs for future entrepreneurs, from courses, workshops and seminars to coaching, business plan assistance and individual follow-up.

Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif is the venture capital fund management arm of Mouvement des caisses Desjardins. It offers financial solutions that supplement the traditional financing offerings from Desjardins Business Centres.

Community and economic development organizations assist entrepreneurs who apply to them for financing or are seeking a referral to find the right financial institution for them.

Investissement Québec offers economic development tools to help businesses adapt to market realities.

The Business Development Bank of Canada is a financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Canada. BDC plays a leadership role in delivering financial and management services to Canadian small business, with a particular focus on the emerging and export sectors of the economy.

Are you self-employed or an entrepreneur and want to start your own business or continue developing one you already own?

The Immigrant Investor Program offers business people and their families the opportunity to immigrate to Canada. Guaranteed by the Government, it allows immigrants to obtain an unconditional visa as well as permanent residence, leading to Canadian citizenship.

Do you wish to immigrate to Québec and do business there? A typical immigration procedure, based on the actual experience of numerous immigrants, is described here.

ImmigrAffaires workshops (in French only)

The Business Culture in Quebec workshop provides general information on starting a business in Quebec. It focuses on the business culture, the entrepreneurship challenges that newcomers face and business management rules in Quebec. SAJE accompagnateur d'entrepreneurs offers this workshop free thanks to support from the ImmigrAffaires project.

Aboriginal Affairs provides information about all related programs, news and events in Quebec and Canada.

Aboriginal Business Canada helps aboriginal entrepreneurs and organizations to meet their goals.

Info entrepreneurs's Strategic Information Centre contains a wealth of government and commercial documents of interest to business people, as well many electronic databases. It assists entrepreneurs with their market research by providing telephone assistance, personalized support and access to electronic and print documents.

D&B's Marketing Solutions can help you understand your customer base and find more prospects who are likely to buy your products and services.

The mission of the Institut is to provide reliable and objective statistical information on all aspects of Québec society.

Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

The Industry Canada site presents information on companies, statistics, financing, innovation, research, science and technology, intellectual property, radio, spectrum and telecommunications, regional and rural development, regulations and standards, sustainability and environment, as well as trade and investment.