Community Futures Saskatchewan and its 13 CF Development Corporations (CFDCs) are non-profit corporations developed to help communities grow at the local level. Community Futures strives to build social, community economic and entrepreneurial capacity, placing emphasis on long-range planning and results. We are a grassroots economic renewal initiative with over 1000 volunteers in western Canada actively involved with the CF movement and the local direction of the CFDCs.
The Community Futures initiative is spread across the 11 provinces of Canada and continues to help entrepreneurs with funding, guidance, support, encouragement, and business tools. The Community Futures Program is a federal initiative, established in 1985 in order to build economic, community, and entrepreneurial capacity in rural Canada through Employment and Immigration Canada (now Service Canada) as a portion of the Canadian Jobs Strategy. Each organization operates independently to help entrepreneurs build and support their business. In 1995, Western Economic Diversification Canada took over the responsibility for Community Futures, and they continue to provide core funding and assistance to the 90 CF organizations in rural Western Canada.
Our main services include business loans, business skills training, local entrepreneur development, and community and social economic development. We provide services for people in rural and northern Saskatchewan (with the exception of the cities of Regina and Saskatoon) who are interested in setting up, expanding, or considering a small business. By offering support, guidance, encouragement, funding, and business tools, the CFDCs have made their mark on the lives of many across Saskatchewan. Entrepreneurs in rural areas who are unable to receive financing from traditional lending institutions are provided the opportunity to access capital on friendly, flexible terms from their local CFDC. As well, they are provided with a wide range of support services for their business.