Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Helping entrepreneurs with disabilities build their business future

Western Canadians who have a disability can access a network of business professionals and a world of resources through Western Economic Diversification Canada's Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP). The EDP provides business information, training and development, mentoring and one-on-one counseling services.

Rural Communities

In rural communities, the program is delivered through Community Futures offices.

Urban Areas

In urban areas, Western Economic Diversification Canada works with organizations to deliver the program. For more information on the program and the services available contact the organization listed below that is nearest to you.

For more information contact the EDP office in your province:

British Columbia

Vancouver & Victoria
Website: Community Futures Development Association (CFBC)
Telephone: 604-289-4222

Rural British Columbia
Website: Community Futures British Columbia
Telephone: 604-289-4222

Mailing address

Vancouver & Victoria
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, British Columbia
V2V 0C5

Rural British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, British Columbia
V2V 0C5

Alberta

Edmonton
Website: Prospect Human Services Society
Telephone: 780-705-9677
Toll Free: 1-877-483-2562
Fax: 780-758-9674

Calgary
Website: Momentum
Telephone: 403-272-9323
Fax: 403-235-4646
Email: info@momentum.org

 

Rural Alberta
Website: Community Futures Network of Alberta
Telephone: 403-851-9995
Toll Free: 1-877-482-3672

Mailing address

Edmonton
#102 - 9940 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2N2

Calgary
16-2936 Radcliffe Drive S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2A-6M8

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon
Website: North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
Telephone: 306-665-5508
Fax: 306-244-2453
Email: edp@nsilc.com

Website: South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre

Regina
Telephone: 306-757-7452
Fax: 306-757-5892
Email: info@ssilc.ca

Moose Jaw
Telephone: 306-692-7452 ext. 1
Fax: 694-1032
Email: tina@ssilc.ca

Rural Saskatchewan
Website: Community Futures Saskatchewan
Telephone: 1-877-851-9997

Mailing address

Saskatoon
237 5th Ave N
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7K 2P2

Regina
2220 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 2V2

Moose Jaw
637B Main St. N
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
S6H 0W6

Manitoba

Winnipeg
Website: Equal Opportunities West Inc.
Telephone: 204-888-5422
Fax: 204-888-6709

Rural Manitoba
Website: Community Futures Manitoba
Telephone: 204-943-2905

Mailing address

Winnipeg
851 Cavalier Drive
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2Y 1C6

Rural Manitoba
559 – 167 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 0V3

What does the program offer?

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) provides access to business services across Western Canada, including:

  • mentoring and one-on-one counseling services;
  • access to business training and development;
  • business loans (in some locations); and
  • help to identify requirements for specialized equipment.

Who is eligible?

Entrepreneurs meeting the following basic criteria may be considered for support through the EDP:

  • have been unsuccessful in getting needed funding for business from other sources;
  • are unable to perform at least one of the basic activities of entrepreneurship or self-employment;
  • are disabled due to physical or mental impairment;
  • have a possible business plan and are a new or current small business owner with a disability; and
  • live in Western Canada.

What loans are available?

The program provides entrepreneurs with disabilities access to business loans if they can't get financing from a financial institution. The loan terms are flexible and made to meet your needs. Contact the organization serving your area for more information on loans and services available.

What can the loans be used for?

Projects supported by this program include:

  • starting or expanding a business;
  • purchasing and applying new technology;
  • upgrading facilities and equipment;
  • developing marketing and promotions materials; and
  • establishing working capital for anticipated sales increases.

What other services are available?

Small and medium-sized businesses in most rural and urban areas can easily access a business services through Western Economic Diversification Canada's Western Canada Business Service Network.

This network includes:

All of these organizations provide entrepreneurs with the expertise they need to start a new business or expand their existing company.
They offer many services from marketing and funding options to counseling and support. For more information on the services our network provides and the network member nearest you, visit the Western Canada Business Service Network.