The Women's Entrepreneurship Pilot (WEP) Program was a virtual business training program that offered FREE virtual support to women entrepreneurs in the eastern Ontario region from September 2019 to March 2022.

Participants had access to vital business support services like: 

  • programming to strengthen entrepreneurial skills through on-line training;  
  • live streaming of business roundtable events; 
  • virtual one-on-one discussions with a designated business consultant; and
  • networking, and mentoring via virtual activities.

You can still find business support through our program partners' websites. Visit their pages to learn more:

  1. Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN)
  2. Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC)
  3. Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre (LGSBEC)
  4. Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation (PRCDC)
  5. Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD)

Women in these 5 key partner regions across eastern Ontario accessed these important services administered by the Ontario East Economic Development Commission.

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If You've Missed the Enrollment Period for WEP, Don't Worry!

Here are more resources to help women small-business owners: 

DELIA Microloan Fund

Now Accepting Applications from Women Owned Businesses in Canada

NCFDC’s DELIA Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund has launched, with the support of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and with Canadian fitech startup Corl.

DELIA offers $15,000 microloans to women owned businesses in Canada, with an attractive term sheet and an easy, online application process. Additional terms and conditions apply. Click the link below to learn more and...

Apply now.

Le Fond de microcrédit DÉLIA

accepte maintenant les demandes de la part d’entreprises à propriété féminine du Canada

Le Fonds de prêts pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat DÉLIA de la SADCN a été lancé avec le soutien d’Innovation, Sciences et Développement économique Canada et d’une entreprise canadienne de technologie financière, Corl.

Le programme DÉLIA offre des microprêts de 15 000 $ avec des conditions intéressantes et un processus de demande en ligne facile. D’autres conditions générales sont applicables. Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous pour en savoir plus et...

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WEP TYP ResizedServices provided for this pilot project were available to women entrepreneurs within the partners’ catchment areas.

The Government of Canada is committed to advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment and to supporting women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) announced in 2018.

The Government of Canada WES Ecosystem Fund – Regional Stream provided funding to support the Ontario East Women’s Virtual Entrepreneurship Incubator Pilot Project (known as the Women’s Entrepreneur Program or WEP).

Ultimately, the results of the Women’s Virtual Entrepreneurship Incubator Pilot Project will be shared with stakeholders across the province and nation to support women in business.

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