Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)
AWE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. It provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and network development.
Women in Logistics (WIL)
The mission of Women in Logistics is to provide resources for both women and men in logistics, transportation, supply chain management, and technology. WIL is an information resource network for career development, mentoring, and educational opportunities.
Women in Supply Chain (WISC) Association
The goal of WISC is to globally connect and collaborate with industries and stakeholders under the supply chain umbrella, create links and bridges, and remove silos through relationships that support professional opportunities, growth, and understanding.
The Government of Canada has established a strategy to ensure women across the country have access to the supports they need to start or grow a business, including access to financing, talent, networks and expertise to start up, scale up, and access new markets. Resources also include guidance for funding and mentoring, expert advice, and a knowledge hub.
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FEW)
FWE is a BC-based organization that educates, mentors, energizes, and connects women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful. The forum supports women in any stage or size of businesses, in any industry, anywhere in Canada. A mentorship program encourages women to push their businesses to the next level and pairs them with experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs — everything women entrepreneurs need to overcome barriers and challenges in today’s economy.
Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is a resource for women looking to start or expand their businesses. They work one-on-one with women across the province to answer questions and help them determine the steps to make their businesses successful.
SheEO offers programs and services across Canada to help women entrepreneurs access non-traditional financing along with customized training.
Futurpreneur: Youth Start-up Resources, Mentoring, and Financing
Futurpreneur Canada is a business support service that has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for over two decades. They are the only national, non-proﬁt organization that provides ﬁnancing, mentoring, and support tools for aspiring business owners aged 18-39. There are local offices in every province.
Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)
The full suite of ONE programs and services can be accessed by contacting one of the 14 Research Innovation Centres (RICs) located throughout the province. These resources are available to entrepreneurs and young companies looking to start, grow, and finance their ideas. Staff at RICs include entrepreneurs-in-residence, specialists, and analysts with years of business experience.
Service Canada Programs and Services
Service Canada offers a catalogue of programs and services to help businesses with employment, apprenticeships, and wage subsidies. Some programs are aimed at women, young entrepreneurs, new immigrants, and other sectors.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Advisory Services and Loans
BDC can help your business with financing options and advisory services to position your business for success. They work with the full spectrum of businesses across Canada and can help build the foundation for your business growth.
Women’s Enterprise Centre BC
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WECD)
Women’s Enterprise Centre assists women in starting and growing businesses in BC. They provide a wide array of resources, many online, for BC women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business.
The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth
University of Ottawa
The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth is a national consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics, and industry associations. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a founding member of this national taskforce, which has identified action strategies to create economic development in Canada through the support of women entrepreneurs. The Taskforce maintains a comprehensive library of research into women’s entrepreneurship.
Mentor Works makes business funding more accessible to companies across Canada by helping them discover, evaluate, and leverage grants and loans to accelerate their growth plans.
Government of Canada/Western Economic Diversification Canada
COVID 19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing loans of up to $40,000 for eligible women-run businesses to help them cope with financial hardship and recovery from economic disruption resulting from COVID-19.
Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP)
BSP supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services, or technologies with interest-free repayable funding.
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada has been working to diversify the economy and improve the quality of life of western Canadians by supporting businesses in building a strong, competitive region. WD focusses on business development, innovation, and community development and has specific programs for women, Black-owned, and new immigrant-owned businesses.
Women’s Enterprise Initiative
Western Economic Diversification Canada
There is a Women’s Enterprise Initiative organization in each of the four western provinces that provide a variety of unique products for women entrepreneurs, including business advisory services, training, networking opportunities, loans, and referrals to complementary services.
Government of Canada
Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)
The BEP is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $221 million over four years, it will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.
Community Futures Program
Overseen by the federal government, the Community Futures Program is a community-driven economic development initiative that assists communities in rural areas with strategies for dealing with a changing economic environment. Support includes general business information including planning for growth and details about access to capital for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub
The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is a program of the federal government designed to serve as a one-stop source of knowledge, data, and best practices for women entrepreneurs. Hubs have been established in almost every province and deliver activities to support the advancement of women entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.
Government of Canada Grants for Women Entrepreneurs
This a great starting point for finding and understanding Canadian government grants earmarked specifically for women entrepreneurs.
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE)
FWE’s programs and events empower women entrepreneurs to overcome barriers and challenges that they face in today’s economy. The forum can help with raising capital, developing a pitch, growing your HR, sales, and leadership skills. FWE supports women entrepreneurs with businesses at any stage, any size, in any industry, anywhere in Canada.
Pitch for the Purse
The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FEW) offers Pitch for the Purse to help women entrepreneurs access capital. The program is divided into four sections to educate and mentor entrepreneurs along the way with pitch training, semi-finals, mentorship, and pitch finale.
The Amber Grant for Women
The Amber Grant was created by WomensNet in honour of Amber Wigdahl who passed away at the age of 19 without the chance to reach her entrepreneurial dreams. This grant offers $4000 every month to female entrepreneurs who still have the opportunity.
Woman Entrepreneur – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
The BDC works with organizations to support and uplift women-owned businesses as they network, learn, and ask questions of their expert advisors. They also offer flexible financing to help grow your business.
Women in Trade – Export Development Canada (EDC)
Export Development Canada (EDC) helps Canadian women-owned and led businesses achieve success with insurance options to protect your exports, capital, and financing solutions for your business.
Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada
The National Association of Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada offers networking, financing, and business skills development, and supports women entrepreneurs who innovate and are looking for continuous improvement. They also provide information on a vast array of organizations across the country that support women in business.
Startup Canada and Evolocity Financial Group Women Entrepreneurship Fund
Startup Canada, in partnership with Evolocity Financial Group, invests in women-led companies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). They help women start and grow their businesses with grants of $4,000 to $5,000 to support operations or growth opportunities.
Communitech Fierce Founders
Communitech helps start and grow tech-driven businesses with access to investors, funding, expert advice, and networking – among many other learning and development opportunities.
Organizations for Business Women
Information about women’s business organizations across Canada and the world, including transportation and trade-related businesses. Many groups offer exceptional networking opportunities, mentorship, training, and resources exclusively for Canadian business women.
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.
Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan
If you are a woman living in Saskatchewan, you can apply for a loan to start, grow or buy a business through Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.
Women’s Enterprise Centre Manitoba
Women entrepreneurs in Manitoba can get help to improve business skills and acquire financing to start, expand or purchase a business through the Women’s Enterprise Centre.
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is a non-profit that offers programs and services to women in Ontario who want to start or grow a small business, including getting started, scaling your business, and networking and resources with conferences, workshops, and events for continued development.
Business Women in International Trade
Government of Canada
This is a great source to find key contacts, trade events, marketing opportunities, and export advice from experienced businesswomen.
Government of Canada
The Government of Canada maintains this national job board which includes jobs available in trucking.
Women in Business New Brunswick
If you are a woman who owns at least half of your business, you can access support and resources to help your business grow and succeed through Women in Business New Brunswick.
Centre for Women in Business
As a Nova Scotia woman entrepreneur, you can access support and resources at any business stage through this business development centre.
Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association
If you are a woman entrepreneur on Prince Edward Island, you can access services and support to foster the growth of your business through this association.
Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs
If you are a woman entrepreneur in Newfoundland or Labrador, you can get help to start, grow, and advance your business through this organization.
Women’s Policy Office Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Find out about gender equity related activities, violence prevention initiatives, statistics and research on issues affecting women through this office.
WEConnect International in Canada
WEConnect can help your company get certified as a Women Business Enterprise to increase your access to contract opportunities in Canada and abroad.
WBE Canada Certification
Woman Business Enterprise Canada
If you are a women-owned business wishing to be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise, this organization can evaluate your business readiness.
Women in Communications and Technology
Leadership development and mentoring services to help woman entrepreneurs in the communications sector achieve their goals.
Board Ready Women
This is a team of people who actively network to support women obtain board positions with recruitment opportunities, skill-building programs, and thought-provoking events.
Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Online Community
Idea Connector Network (ICN)
ICN is a social enterprise and independent organization that has been producing content and building its Aboriginal entrepreneurial online community since 2011.
Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
CAMSC operates as a private sector-led, non-profit membership organization of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. Its goal is to boost economic development efforts and employment.
Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (CAWEE)
CAWEE connects Canadian businesswomen and is considered one of Canada’s most respected networking organizations, representing professionals from a broad range of disciplines, markets, and perspectives.
Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT)
CanWIT is a national volunteer organization that encourages young women to consider a career in a technology field and helps accelerate the careers of women already in the field.
Canadian Women’s Business Network (CWBN)
CWBN has been providing affordable, effective online advertising and resources to assist small businesses for 20 years.
Canadian Women’s Foundation
This foundation invests in the strength of women and the dreams of girls and advances gender equality through national and regional projects.
Workplaces that Work for Women
Catalyst Canada is the leading non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to creating opportunities for women and business in Canada. The group has some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies among its members.
Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
OWIT is a volunteer-based non-profit organization of professional of women and men involved or interested in international trade and business.
Professional Women’s Network (PWN)
PWN is a Canadian non-profit organization that assists business women with connecting and referrals, as well as developing and leveraging strong business relationships, increasing profile and profitability, and contributing to the success of other business women.
WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses and helps them meet buyers and get access to bids for corporate contracts as part of supplier diversity programs.
Universal Women’s Network
The Universal Women’s Network is a global platform to advance women in their networks, communities, and workplaces. Members connect, celebrate, and recognize women along with men who SupportHER™ to empower women to succeed personally and professionally.
Women in Biz Network
This is a national organization with a community of 35,000 influential and collaborative women in business. They offer an online and in-person hub for business advice and advancement and welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, new Canadians, and people with disabilities.
Women in Communications and Technology (WTC)
WTC is committed to advancing women in Canada by providing opportunities for members to remain relevant and connected through strong relationships and continuous learning. It provides networking, mentoring, and educational opportunities for women in the telecommunications, media, and technology.
Women in Leadership Foundation
This is a national non-profit established to increase the number of women in leadership roles, provide education and mentorship on pertinent leadership topics, and help remove barriers to success.
Women of Influence
Women of Influence produces events across the country to connect women looking for mentors, or to connect with like-minded individuals on their path to success, or unique corporate entertainment.
Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
The members of the WPO are all women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies; they take part in professionally facilitated peer advisory groups to bring the “genius out of the group” and accelerate the growth of their businesses.
Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC)
WEOC is committed to the growth of women’s entrepreneurship. It works with women’s enterprise support organizations to champion innovation, broaden expertise, and enhance collaboration.
Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)
A networking organization for women at the management level in the maritime industry.
Women Unlimited Association
The Women Unlimited Association helps Nova Scotia employers address labour shortages in the skilled trades and technologies and connect women with well-paying, meaningful jobs.
Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)
The CTA is a federation of provincial trucking associations that represents a 4,500 carriers, owner-operators, and industry suppliers. It represents the industry’s viewpoint on national and international policy, regulatory, and legislative issues that affect trucking.
Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)
The Alberta Motor Transport Association is a province-wide, not-for-profit association formed to provide a voice for the highway transportation industry in Alberta.
Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA)
This association networks, advocates, and lobbies to address economic, health and safety, security, and environmental issues in trucking.
British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA)
BCTA is a province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers.
Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA)
The Manitoba Trucking Association exists to develop and maintain a safe and healthy business environment for its industry members since 1932 and advocates on behalf of the trucking industry.
Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)
Since 1926, OTA has been the voice of responsible trucking in Ontario and represents all segments of the industry: for-hire carriers, private carriers, intermodal, and suppliers.
Quebec Trucking Association (ACQ)
Since 1951, the Quebec Trucking Association studies, advocates and works to advance the economic and social interests of its members.
Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA)
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association has been the leader and voice of truck transport since 1937. As proactive trusted advisors, the STA represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education.
Toronto Transportation Club
Toronto Transportation Club offers opportunities to expand personal networks, connect with professionals from all modes of transportation, and participate in networking and professional development opportunities just for women.
Hamilton Transportation Club
Hamilton Transportation Club provides opportunities for members to build professional and personal relationships through networking, continuing education, and events, including professional development for women.
Logistics Networking Organization
Traffic Club of Montreal
The Traffic Club of Montreal has been bringing transportation and logistics professionals together since 1926. The club offers networking for supply chain professionals, including events for women, and hosts an annual awards event to recognize the success of women in logistics.
Vancouver Transportation Club
This organization fosters and promotes shipper and carrier co-operation in transportation, promotes sociability and friendship, develops transportation policies, and inspires those in traffic work to the importance and dignity of their profession.
Saskatoon Transportation Club
A non-profit, volunteer organization whose primary purpose is to educate and promote all aspects of the logistics industry by facilitating social settings with other interested individuals, and arranging for guest speakers to share their knowledge and expertise.
Transportation Club of Moncton
The Transportation Club of Moncton has a vital role to play in nurturing, supporting and developing the growth of transportation and the transportation infrastructure in its region.
Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC)
PMTC is the only Canadian association dedicated to the interests of private fleet operators. It provides opportunities for fleet operators and industry stakeholders to exchange views and resolve issues together, and communicate those views to government.