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NOW Application Date
Monday 30 November 2020
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WHAT: The NOW Program’s objective is to stimulate women-owned and women-led business start-ups and scale-ups by funding access to business development supports throughout the Northern Ontario region. The NOW Program will assist with the following:

✓ Enabling female entrepreneurs to access professional services they would typically not be able to afford on their own
✓ Enabling female entrepreneurs to access experts in the transportation sector
✓ Providing access to consultants who can assist female entrepreneurs in operating more efficient businesses/realizing cost-saving measures
✓ Educating female entrepreneurs with regards to the regulatory requirements involved in exporting goods
✓ Providing female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to attend, free of charge, workshops on a variety of business-related topics
✓ Providing female entrepreneurs with access to other professional services that would meet the Program Objective as stated above

WHEN: Fall 2019 – Fall 2022 (7 Application Intake Dates)
1st – November 29 2019  
2nd – April 30 2020 
3rd – November 30 2020 
4th April 30 2021
5th – November 30 2021
6th – April 30 2022
7th – November 30 2022

WHERE: Throughout all of Northern Ontario.

LAMBAC (LaCloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation) located on Manitoulin Island, is the Host CFDC for the NOW Project, and all Community Future Development Corporations located throughout Northwest and Northeast Ontario are involved as Partner CFDCs.

WHY: With only 16% of Canadian businesses being owned/led by women, the Government of Canada recognizes that advancing women’s economic participation in the economy is good for the country’s bottom line and has set the goal of doubling the # of women-owned/women-led businesses by 2025.

HOW: Contact your local CFDC (Community Futures Development Corporation) to obtain an application and to find out more about this exciting project.
You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain an application OR DOWNLOAD HERE (WORD DOC)