Entrepreneurial Development Programs for Persons with Disabilities

Community Futures British Columbia has two programs to provide support for Persons with Disabilities, who are interested in being self-employed or already operate a business.

IDEA - Innovation through Diversity, Entrepreneurship and Adaptability

The IDEA Pilot Program assists eligible participants to become self-employed, providing resources for evaluating business ideas and training to develop capacity for self employment.

IDEA - Eligibility

  • You have a self-declared disability or have been assessed as having a disability.
  • You have a self-employment idea or concept but not the resources or knowledge to launch a business.
  • You started a business on or after February 1, 2020 but have not made any substantial income to date.
  • You need training in the field that the self-employment opportunity is in.
  • You are self-employed, unemployed, or precariously employed.


IDEA - Participant Supports

  • Skills Development Training.
  • Business Coaching and Training.
  • Access to temporary financial supports that reduce barriers to participation in the program. (e.g. childcare expenses, transportation supports, digital technology, business equipment, mental health supports.)


The IDEA Program is no longer accepting applications.  If you are already a participant you can access your account below.

EDP - Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

The EDP Program assists eligible participants to maintain or grow their existing business.                                                                                                           

EDP - Eligibility

  • You have a self-declared disability or have been assessed as having a disability.
  • Your business is registered and generating revenue prior to February 1, 2020.
  • You have a viable business idea.
  • You have the skills/training required to operate the business.
  • You need training or coaching to maintain or grow the business.
  • You have the resources or means to access capital to implement the strategies developed through coaching and/or training.                                         


EDP - Participant Supports

  • Business Coaching related to business strategy, business plan development and/or specific challenges impacting the businesses future.
  • Business Training addressing skill gaps in business operation and management.


To submit a Participant Application for the EDP Program


Community Futures British Columbia
C230-7871 Stave Lake Street
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5

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