Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, the business must:

  • Proposing to start a new business, expand an existing business or purchase a business
  • not be a business that relies on commissioned sales
  • be a legal business in Ontario
  • not be a franchise
  • operate at arm’s length from family business ventures
  • operate full-time as defined in the business plan
  • maintain its own books and records
  • maintain a separate bank account
  • follow all government rules and regulations and applicable by-laws for the operation of the business
  • be sales-ready at the time of funding

Individual Applicant Eligibility Criteria

The Applicant is:

  • is not currently attending school on a full-time basis nor intending to return to school.
  • is a resident of Ontario.
  • is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • is 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • does not have full-time employment outside of the Project at the time of funding.
  • is fully responsible for the on-going operations and decisions of the Project and is the majority partner or shareholder.
  • is not enrolled in other provincial employment or self- employment-related initiatives and programs that include or do not include financial assistance
  • is not currently enrolled concurrently in any self-employment programs offered by government-funded organizations.
  • is expected to match the grant amount they are requesting with 25% personal investment (eg $5000 grant will require $1250 personal contribution in the business)
  • cannot have previously received Starter Company or Starter Company Plus funding in Ontario.


While the Starter Company initiative is open to eligible individuals, the training and mentoring are geared towards assisting those in need of business knowledge and support. WRSBC accepts applications from local businesses that are less than 5 yr old.

Approval into the Starter Company Plus initiative is competitive and eligible applicants may not all be accepted.  As the initiative aims to address local and/or regional economic development needs, and prioritized based on specific industries and sectors.

If you are interested in participating in Starter Company Plus, complete the online form, rename it with your first and last name and email it to by the deadline date and time, Sunday, September 13th, 2020 by 11:59 pm. Applications closed as of September 14th, 2020, at 12:00 am. EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 BY 12:00 PM

To Apply

Complete the application form and submit.

Due to the volume of applications, we will not accept handwritten forms.

Successful Applicants will be notified by email on September 18th, Applicants will register within 48 hours to participate in the Mandatory Training Sessions within 48 hours, otherwise, the "seat" will be offered to a waiting candidate.

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