Western Canadians who have a disability can access a network of business professionals and a world of resources through Western Economic Diversification Canada's (WD) Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP). The EDP program provides business information, training and development, mentoring and one-on-one counseling services.
In rural communities, the program is delivered through Community Futures offices. In urban areas, WD works with a number of partners to deliver the program. For more information on the program and the services available contact the organization listed below that is nearest to you.
Vancouver & Victoria
VanCity Savings Credit Union
Distinctive Employment Counseling Services of Alberta
North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
Independent Living Resource Centre
The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) provides access to business services across Western Canada, including:
Entrepreneurs meeting the following basic criteria may be considered for support through the EDP:
The program provides entrepreneurs with disabilities who are unable to obtain financing from a traditional financial institution access to business loans. The loan terms are flexible and tailored to meet your needs. Contact the organization serving your area for more information on loans and services available.
The types of projects supported by this program include:
Small and medium-sized businesses in most rural and urban centres can easily access a range of business services through WD's Western Canada Business Service Network. This network includes Community Futures offices, which deliver the EDP in rural areas; Women’s Enterprise Initiative offices; Francophone Economic Development Organizations and Canada Business service centres. All of these organizations provide entrepreneurs in targeted groups with the expertise they need to start a new business or expand their existing company.
They offer various 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 WD’s Business Service Network.