Welcome Introduction

Ontario is one of Canada’s most prosperous provinces. It has a diverse economy with extensive manufacturing, financial and business services. Ontario contributes about 40% of Canada’s total economic output and more than half of the country’s manufacturing shipments. Businesses have been moving towards a greater focus on exports in recent years, especially in areas such as information technology, the automotive sector and chemical industries.

In this section, we explain how you can become part of Ontario’s exciting business sector by applying as a business immigrant. Learn about the application process, and get the help you need to become a successful investor or entrepreneur.

Starting a Business

Many immigrant entrepreneurs come to Northeastern Ontario to buy a business. We're finding that the most common business purchases for newcomers are motels, hotels, restaurants, fast food franchises, gas stations, pharmacies, convenience stores and commercial property. Others start their own business with assistance from a business centre in their city or town, or from a provincial centre. Northern Ontario entrepreneurs may be eligible for assistance from FedNor or the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. These are government economic development agencies that supports business growth in certain priority sectors.

The monthly Northern Ontario Business publication keeps you on top of business developments across Northern Ontario.

Support Services for Businesses

Regional business development centres in North Bay , Timmins, Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie offer a range of programs to help new businesses succeed. You can get advice on financing, marketing, start-up costs, business location, cash flow, banking and more. You may even be eligible for a small grant from your local Community Futures office.

Business Organizations

Once you have opened or purchased a business, take the next step and join your local Chamber of Commerce or Board of Trade. For a small annual membership fee, you will have many opportunities to network with like-minded business people. You can also take advantage of low cost group insurance policies for you and your employees through the Chamber’s national network.

Hire a Foreign Worker

There are times when a business owner can't find local employees for certain positions, and he or she has to look elsewhere. In such cases, hiring a foreign worker may be your only option, although the community would prefer that you exhaust local sources before you take this step.

Services for Employers

Employers can take advantage of many support services and resources, whether it's help in finding suitable employees, or keeping abreast of government reporting requirements and regulations. For the most up-to-date information, visit this site and this one if your location is between Latchford and Hearst and Kirkland Lake to Chapleau. If you are in the North Bay region look here , and here , Sudbury region here and here, and Sault Ste. Marie region here .

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Timmins and District Multicultural Centre
119 Pine Street South, Suite 10
Timmins, ON P4N 2K3

North Bay & District Multicultural Centre
100 Main Street East
North Bay, ON P1B 1A8

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