Sources of private sector financing
Find out about the financial services and assistance available for your business needs. Browse and locate members of these private sector associations who provide debt and equity financing to businesses.
Debt financing means borrowing money. If you are looking to start your business, to finance your operations, to buy or lease equipment, or to expand, members of the following organizations may be able to help.
- Canadian Bankers Association
For commercial loans and other debt financing services, you can turn to Canadian chartered banks and foreign bank subsidiaries.
- Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
Find leasing and financing companies that could help you procure items such as equipment, vehicles, and inventory, through asset-based financing.
- Credit Union Central of Canada
Find a credit union in your area and learn more about their commercial loans, credit options and banking services.
- Cooperatives — Desjardins Group
You can access financial services such as commercial loans and credit through this financial cooperative.
Look beyond traditional banks. Private equity financing or capital funds represent an investment in your company and an alternative method to raise the money you need to innovate and grow your business. Members of these associations may help.
- Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
Search for potential investors by sector category: life sciences, information technology, other technologies, and traditional.
- First Angel Network
Need assistance to help grow your promising business? Find out more about requesting funding from a group of Atlantic angel investors.
- Réseau Capital - Québec Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
Support the growth of your innovative small business with equity and venture capital from members of this organization.
- Golden Opportunities Fund Inc.
Find out if your business is eligible to receive capital from this fund to grow or to create a successful succession plan to turn your equity into cash.
- Ontario Venture Capital Fund Finder
Use this online tool to find sources of venture capital for your Ontario business.
- New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
Find out how this independent corporation could help you get the research funding or venture capital you need to develop your innovative idea.
- Saskatchewan Capital Network
If you have a Saskatchewan startup or growth-focused business, the Network can connect you with potential investors who are looking for good investment opportunities.
Other Private Sector Sources of Financing
There are other sources of private sector financing to consider. These include merchant bankers, international trade financing companies, and specialized financial institutions such as insurance companies, commercial mortgage lenders, and specialty equipment financing.
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