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More than 100,000 companies are located in Peel Halton region. From large, Fortune 500 companies to small independent businesses, you have choices of the kinds of companies where you might want to work. Use these resources to locate companies and don’t forget to review our strategies to use business directories for a successful job search. Click here to learn more.




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Libraries & Employment Resource Centres

For more extensive business searches, free of charge, visit your local library or employment resource centre. They often have free, online access.

  • For a list of libraries near you, click here.
  • To find an employment resource centre near you, search Employment Ontario or call toll free at 1-800-387-5656.
  • For additional online resources, click here.

Chambers of Commerce / Boards of Trade

Canada Business Network has 4 videos designed to highlight a variety of business services.


Starting a business can be both rewarding and challenging, but there is no reason to do it alone! There are so many resources, supports, and financing to help you increase your chances of success. This section lists local support in Peel and Halton as well as resources for anyone starting a business throughout Ontario.

Small Business Enterprise Centres
Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) provide entrepreneurs with all the tools needed to start and grow a business.

Click here for a list of small business centres across Ontario. 

Economic Development Offices
Each city in Peel and Halton regions have their own Economic Development department. They provide information and assistance to anyone interested in starting or buying a business or wants to know about possible business opportunities.

Other Resources

RIC Centre
The Research, Innovation, Commercialization or RIC Centre is a virtual incubator that helps innovative technologies become thriving businesses- Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies.

Canada Business Ontario
Provides information for entrepreneurs such as starting a business, government financing programs, exporting, taxation, how to hire employees, etc.

Canada Business Network
All-in-one source to start, grow and manage a business in Canada.

Business Guides
Information guides designed to help you navigate through federal and provincial government programs services and regulations that may apply to entrepreneurs.

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)
A collaborative network to help your business succeed with resources to start, grown, and finance your business.

Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC)
A hub to connect employers, different levels of government, service providers, trainers and other local partners to facilitate awareness of current labour market conditions and promote discussion in order to find targeted, relevant, need-based employment and training solutions for our community.

Youth Entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Programs (Halton Region)
A list of programs for entrepreneur youth in Halton region.

The Next 36
The program is specifically focused on innovative university undergraduates and recent graduates based on their entrepreneurial potential. For eight months, 36 young entrepreneurs are mentored by Canada’s top business leaders, taught by some of the world’s top business faculty, and work to earn funding from top venture capitalists.

Summer Company
Learn how to get money and advice to run a summer business in Ontario.

Futurpreneur (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation)
If you are an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea, the Futurpreneur might be able to help you with financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your business idea to life.

Social Innovation

Social Innovation refers to new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet.

Grants & Financing

If you are looking for money for your business, you should start by learning about the different types of financing that are available and assessing which one best suits your needs.

Canada Business
A list of financing options by type (business planning, equity, government, private sector, etc.)

Angel One Network
A member-based, not-for-profit organization for accredited investors who live, work or have strong interest in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and other communities in Southern Ontario.

Federal Development Ontario
Federal government program to advocate and invest in the development of a prosperous and globally competitive southern Ontario economy by supporting innovation and commercialization, business growth, productivity and communities. For a list of funds, click here.

The Funding Portal
Find and apply for Canadian government grants and financing via one web portal.

Click here to read the Peel Halton Self-Employment Report!

Newcomers & Self-Employment

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