About Startup Gov

What is it?

Startup Gov (formerly Startup Canada Day on the Hill) is one of Startup Canada’s flagship programs. It connects a pan-Canadian cohort of entrepreneurs to government representatives, with the support of our network of private-sector partners. 

Startup Gov gives every entrepreneur a voice to government to create the conditions necessary for entrepreneurial success in Canada. This year, events will begin as early as summer 2021, with the aim to provide entrepreneurs with a better understanding of what is in the Federal Budget 2021 and how they can benefit from specific programs. Additionally, we will be working with our Startup Communities from coast to coast to coast to provide an opportunity for their voices to be heard and allow for regional perspectives to be shared with the provincial government representatives. 

Timeline: August 2021- October 2021

How we do it

Startup Gov is where valuable partnerships are made. We engage the entire ecosystem to connect, communicate, and collaborate; a commitment to better serving Canadian entrepreneurs and feeding a vibrant entrepreneurial network.

What's in it for you?

In 2021, Startup Gov will support entrepreneurs to:

Get heard

Have their voices heard internationally, federally and provincially

Provide recommendations

Provide concrete recommendations on how they can be better supported by both the public and private sector

Government relations 101

Develop skills and training to grasp government relations 101

Get insights

Hear directly from government both internationally, federally and provincially pertaining to how they are supporting entrepreneurs


Connect with international governments

Connect with government through coast to coast to coast meetings

This is your chance to connect with elected officials and Members of Parliament, as well as project your voice as an entrepreneurial leader in your community. During these town halls, you’ll have an opportunity to connect directly with government leaders, voice your concerns, and advance collaborative efforts between the government and the local entrepreneurship ecosystem you’re a part of. This is your chance to have your voice heard. 

We know navigating funding, grants, resources, and programming can be a challenge. We’re connecting you with advisors and experts who can help walk you through the process. 

It’s time to put Canadians on the global stage. Entrepreneurs are invited to connect with global entrepreneurship ecosystems, discuss challenges and opportunities, and come together as a global community that supports entrepreneurs to succeed.

Small Business Week Events

Core elements of Startup Gov

Discover the events and initiatives that will happen between August and October.

On July 27th from 1-2 ET, Startup Canada hosted an intimate roundtable featuring the Co-Chairs of the All-Party Entrepreneur Caucus, Startup Canada Community Leaders, and key Startup Canada ecosystem support partners. This roundtable provided a vehicle for Parliamentarians to hear directly from entrepreneurs so stronger partnerships can blossom at the grassroots. Watch some highlights from the events below.

Startup Canada held a session featuring MP Ali Ehsassi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Innovation and Industry), and MP Rachel Bendayan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade to help entrepreneurs understand the Federal Budget, components that are intended to support their growth, and a mechanism for entrepreneurs to provide feedback on additional support required. The topics included:

  • Procurement diversification 
  • Support for women entrepreneurs
  • Digital Adoption 
  • Canada Recovering Hiring Program
  • Removing barriers to international trade
  • Investing in Canada’s next generation of innovators 
  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship 
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Program  
  • Regional Development Agency Support 

Watch the recaps below:

Startup Canada Community members will meet and discuss what key aspects they would like to see the federal government do to better support them. Two additional sessions will be offered in both French and English to Startup Canada general community members. The notes and key recommendations will be packaged and sent to their local MP and used for federal and in ongoing federal meetings. Please note that in 2022 we will be hosting monthly sessions to learn more about the key areas community leaders would like to see the federal and provincial governments do to better support them.

During Small Business Week, Startup Canada will host a series of events s focusing on various themes, such as women’s perspectives, innovation, e-commerce and trade, rural entrepreneurship and inclusive communities, and examining how we can create a more supportive environment (policy recommendations for all levels of government) for entrepreneurs and small business owners to succeed post-pandemic and beyond. Perspectives from Canada’s 5 regions will be covered during the sessions.

  • October 19th at 1:00 PM EST | Stronger, Together: Connecting with Communities & Local Ecosystems | Register Now
  • October 20th at 1:00 PM EST | Through a Women’s Lens: Hurdles in Entrepreneurship | Register Now
  • October 22nd at 1:00 PM EST | ON Route to Disruption: Ontario’s Role in the National Innovation Ecosystem | Register Now

An international perspectives panel will be held focusing on the findings from the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs.  Representatives from the top 5 countries featured in the report will be highlighted, including Israel, the United States, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Poland. The event will be aired twice to accommodate the different time zones. When registering, select the time that is most convenient for you.

  • October 20th at 8:00 PM EST or October 21st at 9:00 AM EST | A Global Snapshot: The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs | Register Now
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Frequently Asked Questions

 Yes, we will be hosting a roundtable session with up to 10 francophone entrepreneurs in September where we will meet and discuss recommendations, strategies, and priorities for how the federal government can support entrepreneurs. Each participant will have the opportunity to speak.

You can insert your postal code into this website to learn who your MP is https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en 

Join our mailing list to receive updates on the activities occurring and stay tuned for a series of events occurring during small business week (Oct 18-Oct 22)

Yes, as part of Startup Gov, Startup Canada historically hosted a large style conference in Ottawa during small business week, called Startup Day on the Hill. This year, we have decided to create virtual engagement opportunities over the span of four months as opposed to a one-day engagement. 

The election will be on September 20th, 2021. Bookmark this site for more information https://www.elections.ca/home.aspx

During small business week, there will be up to five different events you can register for, we will release this information soon!


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