Sources of private sector financing 

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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

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 banking, 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.

Equity Financing

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.

  • Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association

    Search for potential investors by sector category: life sciences, information technology, other technologies, and traditional.

  • First Angel Network
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

    Need assistance to help grow your promising business? Find out more about requesting funding from a group of Atlantic angel investors.

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.