What is the Ecosystem Fund?
The goal of the Ecosystem Fund is to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem for Black entrepreneurs and business owners across Canada. It allows not-for-profit Black-led organizations to develop new services or expand those they already offer such as mentorship, networking, financial planning, and business training for Black entrepreneurs.
The program is administered by the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs)
- Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
- Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
- Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor)
- Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)
- Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)
Helping to accelerate Black Businesses across Canada.
The Ecosystem Fund is a component of the Black Entrepreneurship Program, a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, post-secondary or other accredited educational institutions, the Business Development Bank of Canada. and financial institutions.
The Ecosystem Fund is an investment of $100 million, and has so far approved funding to 44 Black-led organizations across the country.
A list of successful organizations that have received funding to date is provided below by Province.
AB - African Canadian Civic Engagement Council - $2,333,356.00
Organization Overview: ACCEC is a national public affairs organization that promotes and strengthens opportunities for African, Caribbean, Black, and Racialized Communities.
Program Overview: Join a 25-week hybrid program for Black youth looking to turn their ideas into paying customers. You will have access to free resources, training, mentorship and $800 per month as you scale your idea.
AB - Bipoc Foundation - $2,600,000.00
Organization Overview: As part of the intricate tapestry of Canadian multiculturalism, BIPOC Foundation was established to create significant entrepreneurship opportunities for diverse communities. With federal Economic Development investments announced via Government of Canada News Release and Global News, we work among a network of influential non-profits delivering on mandates to diversify the Western Canadian economy.
Our vision is to advance understanding, cultural exchange, cooperation, Economic Empowerment, and Financial Inclusion throughout Western Canadian society. Our mission is to craft and facilitate a suite of programs that help launch 500 startups in Western Canada by 2030, while cultivating values of Culture, Equity, Equality, Empathy, Education, and Inclusion.
Address: 3582 30st N. Lethbridge, AB, Canada T1H 6Z4
Program Overview: Our flagship program, Black Founders Hub, is a 10 week accelerator for early stage Black-led startups in Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan). It provides end-to-end foundational training to launch ventures in any sector, including idea validation, funding approval, and customer discovery. Successful graduates will gain access to funders, partners and resources throughout our network.
AB - Black Business Ventures Association - $1,853,000.00
Address: 10060 Jasper Avenue Suite 2020, Tower 1, Edmonton, AB T5J 3RM
Program Overview: https://blackventures.org/mwanzo.html
BBVA’s Mwanzo program is the first step to help get you there. It is a 4-week, hybrid and virtual program for Black Founders looking to bring their business ideas to life.
A 12-week accelerator program for high potential Pre-seed to Seed, Black-led tech startups based in the Canadian Prairies and British Columbia.
AB - Black Canadian Women in Action Society - $3,000,000.00
Organization Overview: “INSPIRE, EMPOWER & ENGAGE WITH CONFIDENCE
Inspire Black Canadian girls and women to strive for greatness. We believe that together we can make a difference and ensure the success of “
Address: 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7, Canada
Phone: (780) 217-5185
Program Overview: https://www.bcwinaction.ca/blackgirlsempowerment
Black Girls Leadership mentoring program paired black girls in grades 10, 11 & 12 with young adult black women in an area of interest to increase their leadership and reinforce positive role modelling. This program responds to a need in our communities by providing support to these girls and helping them to showcase their skills and realize their full potential.
The goal is for them to realize the importance of their contribution to the Canadian society with an emphasis on leadership, career development and mental health.
AB - Canadian Imperial Advantage - $2,800,000.00
Organization Overview: Canadian Imperial Advantage seeks to provide clear and relevant information through cost- effective, easily accessible mentorships, counselling, and consultations with a strong client focus approach. We strive to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, support and advance underserved communities with honesty and integrity.
Address: 11525 23 Ave NW Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: (587) 689-5500
Program Overview: https://imperialadvantage.ca/herconomy-entrepreneurship/
Looking to start a business and wondering where to start? Recently started and want to check that you have done everything that you need to? Thinking about business planning, market research, your target market and more? This 6 week program is designed to address any business issues you have with our trained business experts.
AB - Council for Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta - $3,000,000.00
Organization Overview: The Council for Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta (CAAC), operating as Africa Centre, was incorporated in 2006.
WE are the largest pan African non-profit organization in western Canada, serving as a community hub that provides programs and services from a place of cultural awareness and competency to the families in our diverse community.
Address: Suite 106, 6770-129 Avenue Edmonton AB
Program Overview: http://entrepreneurship.africacentre.ca/
Africa Centre’s Entrepreneurial Support initiatives aim at creating opportunity for building a larger business community in Alberta through leading a full-frontal assault on the systematic barriers that limit the prospects for aspiring Black entrepreneurs.
Atlantic - Black Business Initiative - $2,359,390.00
Organization Overview: The Black Business Initiative is committed to growing a stronger Black presence in Nova Scotia’s business community. We act as a catalyst for job creation, equitable participation, and advancing the economic prosperity of Nova Scotia. In 1996, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia founded the organization to address the unique needs confronting the Black business community in Nova Scotia.
We are the longest serving Black business development initiative in Canada and are dedicated to supporting companies to start, grow, and compete in the mainstream business community.
Address: 1660 Hollis Street, Suite 910 Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1V7 Canada
Program Overview: https://www.bbi.ca/business-consulting-advisory-services-grant-program/
Are you a small to medium Black-owned business operating in New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island? Are you looking for ways to grow, sustain, scale up, or expand to new markets? Would you benefit from engaging a consultant to assist you with various issues, opportunities, and challenges?
You could be eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 through BBI’s Black Business Consulting Services Grant.
Atlantic - The Tribe Network - $2,890,000.00
Organization Overview: We believe in the power of community to create a more inclusivediverseequitableaccessible world.
We are a community of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour pursuing entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada.
Program Overview: https://community.tribenetwork.ca/courses/start-program/
The 12-week START program is for Black aspiring entrepreneurs or early-stage founders with entrepreneurial ambition and/or potential scalable product or service ideas for a target market. The program allows entrepreneurs to build skills and confidence to establish the business for success and iterate on their idea alongside other Black entrepreneurs.
BC - Black Business Association of BC - $2,751,930.00
Organization Overview: Co-Founded by Nerissa Allen and Clavia Alleyne, the BBABC provides tangible operational support to Black entrepreneurs and small businesses. Programs designed to engage and inspire new interest in entrepreneurship. As we emerge from the pandemic it is imperative, we continue to look for ways to support the business community through skills development, increased market access, and sustainability practices.
Address: 7184 – 120 Street Unit 412 Surrey, BC V3W 0M6
Phone: (604) 593-0198
Program Overview: https://www.blackbusinessbc.ca/BBABC-Business-Program
Business plan preparation
Financial cash flows & forecasting
Business marketing & tools
Entrepreneur skills development
Loan preparation support
Selling on Amazon
Taxes for business
ON - Afro Caribbean Business Network Foundation - $1,315,298.00
Organization Overview: To be leaders in unifying and educating African and Caribbean entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in a successful and sustainable way.
Running a business on your own can be difficult, but being part of a supportive community will make your entrepreneurship journey easier. The Afro-Caribbean Business Network (ACBN) was created to provide resources for Black business owners to build sustainable and successful businesses.
Address: 16 Rutherford Road South, Brampton, Ontario, L6W 3J1
Program Overview: https://acbncanada.com/accelerator/#about
Our accelerator is designed to support founders of Black entrepreneurs who are running their business for 2 or more years but don’t have a business plan, they are experiencing a gap in their knowledge to develop the right infrastructure and processes to reach new markets and sales targets for growth. We have created a 6-months pre-seed business accelerator with pathways to optimize your business through training, supports, mentorship and opportunities to become investment ready.
ON - Africa Development Network Foundation - $832,000.00
Organization Overview: Africa Development Network (ADN), is a non-profit organization whose objective is to “create greater buy-in from the Black Canadian and international communities to promote and foster the mobilization of resources and skills around innovative socio-economic projects.
Phone: 613 265-6094
the purpose of the ADN entrepreneurial competitions is to allow Afro-descendant entrepreneurs to highlight themselves, but also and above all to showcase their talent in order to be able to benefit from the multifaceted support offered by ADN and its partners for those who will have the chance and the honor to see their projects selected.
ON - Aspire for Higher Elite Basketball - $977,070.00
Organization Overview: Our vision is to implement a social inclusion framework where young people can develop, learn and play in a context that is responsive and supportive of their needs, aspirations, and interests. We use comprehensive sports based programming as a vehicle to engage youth from all communities to foster their growth and development into healthy adults, community leaders and responsible citizens.
Address: 275 Brisdale Dr, Brampton, ON L6W 2C3
Program Overview: https://www.bhpn.ca/join-the-network/
We want to improve the visibility of Black Healthcare Professionals in Ontario, such that, they can expand their careers, businesses, and networks. This will lead to improved access to healthcare and economic prosperity for the Black community. BHPN plans to create a web and phone-based app that will function as a robust directory of Black healthcare professionals from various sectors in Ontario. This app will be utilized by both healthcare professionals and members of the public. Through our portal, healthcare professionals will be able to connect, collaborate and network with each other. The general public will be able to search for, research, and contact Black healthcare professionals depending on specific search criteria such as: location, gender, specialty, and language.
ON - Black Business and Professional Association - $5,000,000.00
Organization Overview: Founded in 1983, the BBPA is a non-profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.
To advance Canada’s Black communities by delivering programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education and economic development.
To be the organization of choice serving the Black community’s business, professional and economic development needs.
Address: 180 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5T 3M4
Program Overview: https://baids.bbpa.org/
BAIDS, short for Business Advisory Implementation Development Services, is a customized program designed to uplift and empower Black businesses that lack the resources and expertise to execute critical professional functions. From general advisory to the complexities of marketing, staffing, and tax law, the program serves as a lifeline for Black entrepreneurs, offering essential support today for long-term success tomorrow.
ON - Black Creek Community Health Centre - $2,999,431.00
Organization Overview: Funded by Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, BCCHC’s Black Entrepreneurship Alliance, in partnership with York University, TD Community Engagement Centre, Startup Here Toronto, the City of Toronto and YSpace builds upon Black Creek Community Health Centre’s community leadership, to support Black entrepreneurs and their success.
Address: 2202 Jane St Unit 5, North York, ON M3M 1A4
Program Overview: https://www.bcchc.com/accountability/product-feasibility-bootcamp/
BCCHC’s Black Entrepreneurship Alliance program is designed to support Black Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs who have an idea for a consumer-packaged goods product.
When you become a successful applicant, you get access to resources, network experts, and support to develop your venture!
ON - Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce - $5,000,000.00
Organization Overview: The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) is committed to connecting Black Businesses in Canada to the Global Black diaspora and the mainstream global markets. We promote local and bilateral trade, resources, information and cultural exchange for business.
Address: 5000 Yonge Street Suite 1901 Toronto, ON, Canada M2N 7E9
Program Overview: https://www.elevateblackbusiness.ca/
The Elevate Black Business project is a government funded program of the CBCC to provide “Wrap Around” services to grow Black businesses throughout Canada. The program has a mandate to help 1500 Black owned firms Learn, Start, Grow, and Scale. Duration is 90 days
ON - Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region - $2,999,687.00
Organization Overview: The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization serving Waterloo Region’s Caribbean community. Organized in 1975, we are committed to strengthening and enhancing the quality of life of families and individuals by providing culturally sensitive programs, support, resources, education and training.
The CCAWR aims to promote the social, cultural and economic interests of, and advocate for, the Caribbean community in the Region of Waterloo.
Address: 102 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A6
Program Overview: https://www.liftoffbyccawr.com/
The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region is collaborating with members of the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem of Waterloo Region and Wellington County to develop and deliver a new incubator and accelerator program for Black early-stage and growth entrepreneurs.
ON - CaribbeanTales - $648,000.00
Organization Overview: CaribbeanTales was registered as a Canadian charity in 2014. Our mandate is to foster and encourage intercultural understanding and citizen participation through the creation and dissemination of films that reflect the diversity and creativity of Canadian heritage and cultures.
Address: 38 Concord Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 2P1
Phone: (416) 598-1410
Program Overview: https://www.creatorsofcolour.com/programs/
The CaribbeanTales Black Incubator and Studio Access Project (CTBISAP) is a business and production hub for emerging black filmmakers designed to build capacity in the Black Canadian Film Industry.
ON - Casa Foundation for International Development - $4,740,000.00
Organization Overview: The CASA Foundation is a non-profit that focuses on developing communities through an empowerment of its Youths and Women. Its main objective is to spearhead social change in communities by facilitating development programs in the public and private sectors. Through its various leadership and support programs entrepreneurs are identified and encouraged to pursue their goals and build better societies.
Address: 117 Peter Street 2nd Floor, Suite 202-203 Toronto, ON M5V 1X1
Phone: 1 866 431 4838
Program Overview: https://casafoundation.ca/programs/black-entrepreneur-initiative/
The black Entrepreneurs’ Initiative will focus on the advancement, empowerment, training, and development of Youths, Women and Startups in the black community to access more resources, opportunities to scale their businesses.
ON - Connecture Canada - $1,126,705.00
Organization Overview: Connecture Canada est un groupe qui se concentre dans la promotion et le développement des environnements ouverts qui encouragent les immigrants francophones et personnes bilingues à explorer les opportunités de carrières, d’entreprenariat, de développement personnel, professionnel et citoyen dans les secteurs divers à travers l’éducation, le réseautage, la formation, les événements spéciaux, les publications, la création et distribution d’outils spéciaux pour encadrer, accompagner et soutenir les femmes, les jeunes, les ainés et surtout les personnes noires ou d’origine africaine à comprendre et accéder aux opportunités disponibles sur le marché, s’impliquer davantage dans leur propre développement et s’outiller pour faire des choix informés qui contribuent à leur épanouissement.
Address: 1030 Kamato RdMississauga, ON L4W 4B6
Program Overview: https://connecturecanada.ca/nos-programmes/
ON - Conseil Économique et Social d'Ottawa Carleton (CÉSOC) - $1,715,216.00
Organization Overview: Les services du Césoc
Au Césoc, nous avons plusieurs services au service de la communauté Francophone.
Notre personnel parle les deux langues officielles du canada et utilise le français comme langue de travail.
21 langues différentes sont parlées au Césoc.
Address: 815 st laurent blvd suite 107 ottawa on k1k 3a7
Phone: 613-248-1343, ext. 301
Program Overview: https://www.cesoc.ca/calendrier-evenements-activites/le-programme-cesoc-au-coeur-de-lentrepreneuriat-est-de-retour-pour-une-4eme-cohorte/
The CÉSOC program at the heart of entrepreneurship is back for a 4th cohort and proud to offer you the AGO To Market (ATM) course which will equip you to develop your business idea.
This course is offered in partnership with our partner the AGORAlliance incubator.
The AGO To Market (ATM) course is group support for a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 15 people who want to start a business.
ON - Dream Legacy Foundation - $3,000,000.00
Organization Overview: The Dream Legacy Foundation (DLF) is fostering black entrepreneurship across Canada.
With our six core program areas, we are harnessing the talent that is found within the Black community in Canada.
We aim to #ChangeTheNarrative. From health research to economic inclusion, we are taking a holistic and self-help approach to eliminating all systemic barriers so that our communities can thrive.
There is a wealth of entrepreneurial talent and a hunger for innovation that are within our community. The DLF is working towards creating the conditions for unlocking that full potential.
Address: 16 McAdam AveNorth York, ON M6A 0B9
Program Overview: The Dream Legacy Black tech founders’ connections program is a 3 months program in partnership with the DMZ that provides high potential Black founders in tech funding and track based coaching customized to address the unique needs and barriers Black entrepreneurs have experienced or are experiencing. Participating founders receive a $5,000 business grant upon acceptance into the program, mentorship in fundraising, sales, legal and finance, product, growth and hiring., and access to Dream Hub’s office, hotel suite, and event space for their business needs. It’s your turn to tap in and get connected
ON - Empowerment Squared - $1,922,500.00
Organization Overview: We empower newcomer, racialized, and marginalized communities in Canada and across the world to succeed through mentorship, access to post-secondary education, professional skills development and entrepreneurship, and sports and recreation.
Address: 162 King William Street, Suite 103 Hamilton, ON L8R 3N9, Canada
Phone: (905) 393-5370
Program Overview: https://swoben.ca/
The Southwestern Ontario Black Entrepreneurship Network brings together a consortium of partners led by Empowerment Squared to offer a dynamic resource for Black business owners, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders in the greater Hamilton and Windsor areas.
ON - Festival Management Committee - $1,800,000.00
Organization Overview: Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Grande Parade which was first gifted to Canada by the Caribbean Community during Canada’s centennial celebrations, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a spectacular display of costumes, music, and culture.
This Caribbean tradition of parading through the street was founded in celebration of freedom and emancipation from slavery and is appropriately celebrated on what has been recognized by the Canadian government as Emancipation Day weekend.
Address: 12 Cranfield Road Suite #210, Toronto, ON M4B 3G8
Phone: (416) 391-5608
ON - Foodpreneur Lab - $2,999,657.00
Organization Overview: We are the only Canadian Black-woman founded and led non-profit with a fierce national mandate to advance racial and gender equity by supporting Canadian Startup and Scale Up food businesses.
Phone: (416) 909-4617
ON - La Solidarité des femmes et familles interconnectées francophones du Niagara (SOFIFRAN) - $352,006.00
Organization Overview: SOFIFRAN est un organisme communautaire sans but lucratif, créé en 2007 par des femmes immigrantes francophones – vivant dans la région du Niagara et originaires de diverses parties du monde.
Address: 76 Division St Bureau 103Welland, ON L3B 6B3
Phone: (905) 714-7333
Program Overview: https://www.sofifran.org/public/projets/communaute-de-pratique-en-entrepreneuriat-pour-les-communautes-noires
The project consists of developing and implementing a community of practice that will allow young black entrepreneurs to develop their organizational capacity and acce…
ON - Mouvement Ontarien des Femmes Immigrantes Francophones MOFIF - $1,757,552.00
Organization Overview: Organisme unique, le MOFIF est engagé à identifier, à faire connaitre et à lever les barrières que connaissent les femmes et les filles immigrantes.
Address: 20 Lower Spadina AveToronto, ON M5Y 2Z1
Phone: (647) 390-4194
ON - Nigerian Canadians for Cultural, Educational and Economic Progress - $1,677,676.00
Organization Overview: We are a non-profit organization that hosts activities and shares information that will promote the progress of people of Nigerian descent, as well as the community at large. We offer multiple programs that aim to assist different members of the community, for more information visit our programs page!
Address: 3176 Walker RdWindsor, ON N8W 3R5
Program Overview: https://www.ncceep.com/bep.html
SOKONI which means “Marketplace” in Swahili was established in 2017 by NCCEEP to help promote and sell African products and address systemic gaps for struggling business owners. Sokoni BEP shines a light on local Black entrepreneurs and Black-owned businesses in Ontario. We support Black entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses, explore their passions, and connect with other business owners. In addition to Windsor, Ontario, NCCEEP also delivers Sokoni in London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, and Toronto.
ON - Ògo Tàwa - $2,000,000.00
Organization Overview: We provide irresistible, affordable, and high-quality, contemporary art, crafted by artists of African descent. Ògo Tàwa’s art pieces, created by gifted members of the Black community, illuminate people’s shared experiences with folks of African heritage. Promoting solidarity on a global scale, supporters of our hand-crafted products make the world a better place. In the process of buying Ògo Tàwa’s jewelry, our consumers fund United Nations sustainable development goals, while boosting the morale of hundreds of talented artists with African origins across the world.
Program Overview: https://www.ogotawa.ca/programs/black-artrepreneur-program/bap-curriculum
The Black Artrepreneur Program is a 13- week learning and development entrepreneurship program for Black artist entrepreneurs of diverse creative disciplines. The program is designed to support business skill development for Black Canadian artist entrepreneurs, ages 18+ interested in strengthening the business side of their art practice. Our curriculum is grounded in Black experiences and culture.
The program consists of business training sessions, networking opportunities, as well as guidance on the development of personal and business branding.
Coaching support by our strengths coaches, valued at $2,000, will be offered free to support artists like you in discovering your super powers that will propel your business forward.
ON - Open HXOUSE Inc - $3,000,000.00
Organization Overview: HXOUSE is a Toronto-based, globally focused think-center. Serving its community as an incubator and accelerator, it helps to foster innovation and opportunity for creative entrepreneurs.
HXOUSE embodies the practice of cross-disciplinary learning, anchored in the core belief that by thinking outside your discipline, you can learn how to evolve your craft. Rather than traditional education, HXOUSE seeks to empower through mentorship and communication, engaging the creative mind through journeys and frank discussions surrounding the process and growth across all creative sectors.
Address: 130 QUEENS QUAY E. TORONTO ON M5A 3Y5
ON - OYA Black Arts Coalition - $3,000,000.00
Organization Overview: A powerful African goddess and the namesake of a woman-led, award-winning production company based in Toronto. In 2018, celebrated veteran filmmakers Alison Duke of Goldelox Productions and Ngardy Conteh George of Mattru Media joined forces to create OYA Media Group. OYA brings an authentic perspective to media platforms, from film and TV to virtual reality through socially relevant, life-changing stories that amplify Black experiences.
Program Overview: https://www.oyablackarts.org/scaleup
The OYA Scale Up Initiative is an intensive entrepreneurship program designed to support 150 Black-owned businesses over the course of 3 years. The program consists of 3 distinct program modules;
Scale Up Business Bootcamp: A 3-month Business Affairs Boot Camp
Scale Up Immersive: A 3-4 month Immersive Lab
Scale Up Masterclass: Year-long Masterclasses with industry experts
ON - Reelworld Foundation - $1,425,000.00
Organization Overview: Reelworld was founded in 2000 by award winning actress and producer Tonya Williams to advance opportunities for Canadians who are Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, and People of Colour in the screen industries by providing professional development and advocating for racial equity in Canadian content and production. Reelworld Screen Institute, a non-profit, provides training programs and presents the acclaimed Reelworld Film Festival, which celebrates stories by racialized Canadians. Providing access to opportunities is core to Reelworld, and Access Reelworld is Canada’s leading hiring platform for racialized crews and talent. Reelworld Foundation, a registered charity, is transforming the industry by creating mechanisms that hold systems accountable for greater equity.
Address: 20 Richmond St E #600Toronto, ON M5C 2R9
Phone: (416) 598-7933
Program Overview: https://www.reelworld.ca/programs-6/reelworld-black-entrepreneurs-program
The Reelworld Black Entrepreneurs Program is a 3-year initiative for Black casting directors, agents, managers, and film producers in Canada with 16 participants selected each year. This first of its kind program provides transformational business advisory services, training, paid apprenticeship, capital investment, and networking opportunities. Over the course of 8 months participants partake in weekly workshops, a paid apprenticeship, and work with a business consultant. Reelworld Screen Institute advances opportunities for Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, and People of Colour in the Canadian screen industries by reducing barriers and fostering authentic stories.
Northern Ontario - The Afro-Heritage Association of Sudbury (AHA) - $1,150,000.00
Organization Overview: The Afro-Heritage Association of Sudbury (AHA) is a registered not-for-profit organization tasked with enhancing the local community by bringing people together and sharing the afro-heritage customs. As part of the intricate tapestry of Canadian multiculturalism, AHA was established in 2005 with a mission to:
1. promote the understanding, communication, cooperation and cultural exchange between Afro-Canadians and other members of the multicultural society;
2. promote unity among the Sudbury community
Address: 73 Elm Street, Sudbury, On
Phone: (705) 920-0402
Program Overview: https://www.afro-heritage.org/nobeep
The Afro-Heritage Association of Sudbury received $1.15 million in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FEDNOR) to develop the Northern Ontario Black Economic Program (NOBEEP) that supports existing and aspiring Black business owners in the region by providing services to help overcome obstacles in starting and growing their businesses. NOBEEP’s mandate is to support and inspire Black community members, entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as to address gaps and barriers to entry into the entrepreneurship ecosystem. NOBEEP’s mandate will be achieved through one-on-one engagements, networking activities, and events targeting the Northern Ontario Black community.
Southern Ontario - Federation of Black Canadians - $1,355,000.00
Organization Overview: As a Pan-Canadian body, the FBC seeks to discuss the opportunities, contributions, and challenges that exist for people of African descent nationally. Black communities across Canada are diverse, resilient, creative, and multifaceted. For the first time in Canada’s history, there are over 1,000,000 Black Canadians who call Canada home. With that number projected to double by 2036, the Federation of Black Canadians is working hard to partner with individuals and organizations across Canada to advance the interests of Black Canadians. We want to ensure that as our communities grow, we unlock the opportunities that will help build a promising future, building on and celebrating our diverse heritages, histories, cultures, and contributions to Canada.
Address: 607 – 10 Laurelcrest Street, Brampton, ON L6S 5Y3
Program Overview: https://fbcfcn.ca/programs/black-entrepreneurship-program/
The Black Entrepreneurship Program equips black youth and young adults with the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful entrepreneurs. Participants will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $5,000.00 at the end of the program.
Quebec - 0rijin Village - $2,348,190.00
Organization Overview: Our mission is to address the chronic economic disparity in Afro-descendant communities. Through new technologies and innovative initiatives, we aim to foster sustainable models of prosperity. Together, we strive to connect to achieve one goal: UP – Unite and Thrive.
0rijin is a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic development of Afro-descendant people and the strengthening of their economic, financial and social roles through technology and new models of acquisition and distribution of wealth. 0rijin seeks to address chronic economic inequalities in Afro-descendant communities. We want to encourage targeted people to invest in their financial health by buying and consuming in Afro-descendant businesses.
Address: 8555 Boul. Saint-Laurent
Quebec - Audace au Féminin - $500,000.00
Organization Overview: Audace au Féminin was created in 2018. Indeed, following the great success of the 1st Salon International de la Femme Noire which took place on June 9, 2018, a finding was obvious. Black Women needed more than an annual event, but permanent support so that they could have information, tools for their personal and professional aspirations. Audace au Féminin, its volunteers who are dedicated to the emancipation and social and economic empowerment of Black Women.
Program Overview: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=92pmnSCTCkyiU6X3ExTedcDbxJvLESBIkeyawIoMjMFUQkwyQkRRQlVNRDFWNUJMUk04Njk5VjdCUy4u
Launching the next “”Bold Entrepreneurs Cohort””
In March 2022, Audace au Féminin is launching its next entrepreneurship cohort for ”Bold Entrepreneurs”.
If you are a woman entrepreneur or professional, daring, motivated, and you wish to be coached by 16 specialists during 12 weeks (from March 22nd to June 7th) in achieving your goals, don’t miss it: register now!”
Quebec - Centre d'Encadrement Pour Jeunes Femmes Immigrantes (CEJFI) - $2,400,000.00
Organization Overview: is a Montreal platform whose mission is to celebrate Black women and their influence over time and generations. This major event will instill self-esteem, and give the impetus for self-improvement that every Black woman needs to fulfill her ambitions.
It’s an interactive space:
Quebec - Côte Des Neiges Black Community Association Inc. - $2,999,716.00
Organization Overview: The Cote des Neiges Black Community Association (CDNBCA) proudly serves Montreal’s Black community by offering programs and support services particularly designed for English-speaking youth, families, and seniors. With the support of corporate donations and private contributions, we reach the most vulnerable members from communities of color.
Address: 6585 Ch. de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3S 2A5
Phone: (514) 737-8321
Quebec - DESTA Black Youth Network - $462,500.00
Organization Overview: DESTA was founded in 2006 with a mandate to focus on the employability needs of Black youth in Little Burgundy. An integrated strategy was adopted to address both systemic and personal barriers to employment, such as justice involvement, housing, and lack of resources.
Recognizing the economic needs of participants, DESTA’s mission was redefined in 2017 to center on education, employability, and entrepreneurship. On-site structured programming was developed to give participants access to diverse training opportunities and to help them build greater financial security.
Address: 1950 st antoine w montreal quebec h4c 1e2
Phone: (514) 664-5042
Program Overview: https://destabyn.org/entrepreneurship/
At DESTA, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs have access to mentors, business networks, coaching as well as assistance securing capital for start-up and operational expenses.
In collaboration with CEDEC, DESTA offers individualized coaching to entrepreneurs at any stage of the growth cycle. DESTA is also developing an in-house consulting agency, DESTANATION CONSULTING to serve Entrepreneurs and Organizations within the community.
Quebec - Fondation Fabienne Colas - $3,000,000.00
Organization Overview: Selected among the 2018 Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Fabienne Colas is the ‘Queen of Festivals’ who created and manages 7 successful festivals between Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, New York City and Port-au-Prince. Her primary mission is to help others unlock their greatness and bring their business to the next level through coaching, seminars, workshops, online courses and videos tutorials.
Quebec - Fonds Afro-entrepreneurs - $2,995,600.00
Organization Overview: Le Fonds Afro-Entrepreneurs a pour objectif premier de favoriser la croissance d’entreprises dans tous les secteurs d’activité au sein des communautés noires du Québec. Dans cette optique, il vous offre l’accès à du financement adapté à votre réalité. Il intervient sous forme de prêts directs. Ce fonds est propulsé par Filaction.
Address: 2175 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O #235Montréal, QC H3H 1L4
Phone: 1 888 525-2075
Program Overview: ● Online skills-training workshops
Quebec - Groupe 3737 - $4,985,776.00
Organization Overview: Based in Montreal in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada and housed in a mythical building that once hired immigrants for manufacturing work, Groupe 3737 represents the pride of accomplishment, economic independence, the possibility of taking one’s place in Canadian society and contributing to its wealth while keeping its ethnic identity. With its 50,000 square foot infrastructure in a building spread over 3 floors converted into a springboard of opportunity and 7 offices in the cities where there are the most black communities, Groupe 3737 can mobilize across Canada and make a real difference with diverse ethnocultural entrepreneurs who are often marginalized.
Address: 3737 Crémazie Est Montreal QC
Phone: (514) 544-3737
Program Overview: https://groupe3737.com/en/programs/starting-a-business/
Module 1 – Entrepreneurial Profile
Module 2 – Business Model
Module 3 – Technological tools
Module 4 – Market Research
Module 5 – Marketing of products or services
Module 6 – Resource Planning
Module 7 – Awareness of starting and managing a business
The Launching a business training course leads to obtaining a certificate of professional specialization (ASP) and is funded by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES).
Quebec - Réseau des Entrepreneurs et Professionnels Africains (REPAF) - $2,618,966.00
Organization Overview: Since 2005, REPAF has been a dynamic business network of entrepreneurs, professionals and students, mostly of African origin, open to anyone who adheres to its objectives, whatever their origin. Its mission is to develop a credible and solid network of leaders in order to increase their influence, their fulfillment and their economic integration from one continent to another through its services and activities.
Address: 825 Rue Deslauriers, Saint-Laurent, QC H4N 1X3
Quebec - Sommet socioéconomique des jeunes des communautés noires - $2,300,000.00
Organization Overview: Le SdesJ est un réseau d’organismes qui se donne pour mission de contribuer à l’essor économique et social du Québec.
Address: 3340 Jarry Street East, Montreal, Quebec, H1Z 2E8.
Phone: (514) 827-6647
Program Overview: https://sdesj.org/en/community-development-programs/
Community development programs are divided into four major axis: community mobilization, communication and outreach, education and training, political analysis and monitoring.