Startup Gov Events

Throughout the year, Startup Canada will host a series of Startup Gov webinars that will guide you through available resources and how to access them. Check out what we have planned this year, and remember to reserve your spot!



Need help understanding what government support is available for your business? Throughout the year, we’ll host a series of Startup Gov webinars that will guide you through available resources and how to access them.

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Is your business looking to grow? Would you like to expand your network and identify alternate sources of revenue? As the largest buyer in Canada, the federal government may have contracting opportunities that are right for you.

​Encouraging small and diverse businesses to participate in federal procurement is a key priority for the Government of Canada. As a startup or small business, it may be helpful to learn from procurement professionals who are invested in supporting you. 

​In this webinar, Clinton Lawrence-Whyte and Stéphane Champagne from Procurement Assistance Canada (PAC) discuss the federal procurement landscape, the promotion of diversity and inclusion in federal supply chains, and how PAC can support your business’s procurement journey.

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Majid Charania, Director of Compliance at Competition Bureau Canada, joins Startup Canada to help entrepreneurs understand Canadian competition law and why it matters to them.

In this webinar, Majid talks about the role of the Bureau and the key points of the law that all entrepreneurs and SMEs should know about so that they can stay compliant. He shares insights on recent developments in the law and free, accessible resources for businesses to deepen their knowledge and stay on the right side of the law.

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Did you know there are hundreds of government programs and services to help support Canadian businesses? 

On February 21, 2023, Startup Canada hosted a webinar to learn more about Innovation Canada’s suite of programs and services like the Business Benefits Finder, where you can access a tailored list of support, including funding, loans, wage subsidies, tax credits and more. Also, learn more about how you can work with an Innovation Advisor to help connect you with the right programs, hear about offerings for your business, and gain actionable insights and advice! 

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On July 27th, 2022, 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 

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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 hosted a series of events 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. 

  • Stronger, Together: Connecting with Communities & Local Ecosystems | Watch Now
  • Through a Women’s Lens: Hurdles in Entrepreneurship | Watch Now
  • ON Route to Disruption: Ontario’s Role in the National Innovation Ecosystem | Watch Now

Learn about the latest findings and trends from the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs Report. Representatives from the top 5 countries featured in the report were highlighted, including Israel, the United States, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Poland. Additionally, this interactive International Perspectives session began with a special fireside chat with Isabelle Hudon, former Ambassador of Canada to France and Monaco, now President and CEO of BDC – Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs. A champion of diversity and gender equality, Isabelle is BDC’s first woman CEO and also the co-founder of The A Effect, a program to empower ambitious women.

The event will be aired twice to accommodate the different time zones. When registering, select the time that is most convenient for you.

  • A Global Snapshot: The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs | Watch Now