The Chamber believes in providing educational opportunities for its members via a number of channels, and website resources can provide excellent information. The following websites offer tools, resources and information that may be of interest to business people in the Kapuskasing district.
Canada Business Network provides information for entrepreneurs about government programs and services, such as finding financing and permits and licences
Entrepreneurs Francophones PLUS project allows Francophone private sector entrepreneurs to benefit from additional funds available through 2 programs: Vision + and Youth Internship
Vision +: Eligible activities include marketing consultations, online visibility, translation and marketing campaigns. Contribution will cover 75% of total eligible costs up to $5,000
Youth Internship: This program provides new opportunities for recent graduates while helping Francophone businesses expand and hire more qualified employees. Contribution can cover up to 75% of salary and mandatory employee benefits up to $33,500
Industry Canada has a wealth of business resources you need to know, grow and compete
Kapuskasing Economic Development Corporation provides bilingual services to business and industry. From site selection data, information on government grants, loans and services to market research and networking opportunities. The KEDC is your one-stop source for the most up to date and relevant information on Kapuskasing.
Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment delivers a range of programs, services and tools to help businesses innovate and compete in today’s fast-changing global economy, including business support and youth entrepreneurship programs, strategic investments and international trade and export expertise.
NEOnet provides technology information for small business and occasionally provides grants for website creation and upgrades
North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corporation offers business counselling, loan assistance and other services
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) wants to partner with business-minded Northerners to develop innovative technologies, invest in infrastructure, bolster collaboration and build economic development capacity. The NOHFC offers five funding programs: the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program, the Northern Community Capacity Building Program, the Northern Innovation Program, the Northern Business Opportunity Program and the Northern Ontario Internship Program.
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise helps women in Northern Ontario who want to start a business, expand an existing one, or build their network
Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) provides financial support to Small-and-Medium-Sized-Enterprises (SMEs) toward third party productivity assessments. These assessments aim to identify ways in which SME’s can increase their productivity in different areas of their operations. The productivity assessment process will examine 10 different areas of a firm’s operations, including Vision, Strategy and Leadership, Organizational Structure & Culture, and Operational Processes and Workflow. Once operations are examined and areas of improvement are identified, PIC will offer further assistance to implement the recommended changes that will increase a firm’s overall operational efficiency.
The Business Enterprise Centre offers support to new and existing small and medium-sized businesses. They offer one-on-one business consultations; business registrations; youth entrepreneurship programs; business workshops and seminars; business plan development and reviews; and referrals and links to professionals, funding agencies and financial organizations
Export Market Access
Ontario small businesses have a partner in their drive to expand to foreign export markets with Export Market Access – A Global Expansion Program. Launched by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and funded by the Ontario Government, this program helps Ontario small and medium-sized businesses enter markets that would have otherwise been beyond their reach.
Assistance is available in four areas:
Direct Contacts (trade shows, fairs, exhibitions, and trade missions)
Marketing Tools (electronic media, promotional material, and branding material)
Foreign Bidding Projects
Legal, Government and Regulatory Resources
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act compliance information is available here
Canada Revenue Agency Where to find general information about GST/HST, Payroll, CPP/EI rulings, and more.
Ministry of the Attorney General provides public access to Ontario laws
Ontario e-Laws provides access to official copies of Ontario’s statues and regulations, and any amendments
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) provides information on worker safety and employer responsibilities. For construction companies, mandatory WSIB coverage came into effect in January 2013; the WSIB has provided a broad overview of the changes and its impact on business here.
Make Way for Youth is a professional networking program aiming to promote the potential of our rural area to young graduates.
This initiative gives youth the opportunity to discover or re-discover the region (information, attractions, and services); develop their professional network by meeting potential employers, business owners and key individuals; imagine and prepare their future in the region; and actively participate in activities in their community.