EDP Resources

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities may find these links to other programs and resources useful as they start and grow their businesses.  

Make A Change Canada

Make A Change Canada is a federally incorporated charitable organization accredited under the Imagine Canada Standards Program.  They develop and deliver business start-up and web technology training to people facing challenges to employment. Their programs and services are available online across Canada.  Visit:  http://www.makeachangecanada.com or call toll free: 1-888-927-7473

Business Abilities

Online business planning resources and one-on-one coaching assistance, from career exploration to new business mentorship. Services are available free of charge to people who self-identify as living with a disability. Training is flexible and supportive with a continuous intake. Visit and apply online:  http://www.businessabilities.ca/

IBDE Web Essentials and Advanced Training

Learn web design and optimization; gain valuable technology skills. Online, college accredited programs in web technologies and design, leading to careers in administration, marketing, e-business, and web design. Training available in:

  • Photoshop
  • HTML & CSS
  • Dreamweaver
  • Web Marketing
  • Social Media & Blogging
  • Web Programming
  • WordPress  

Open to anyone facing challenges to employment (see eligibility). Visit and apply online: http://www.ibde.ca/

» The Self Employment Explorer

This online toolkit of resources and exercises is for youth to explore self-employment as a career option. The Explorer contains self assessment worksheets, links to career resources, and extras for youth with disabilities to learn about entrepreneurship, and even get the first steps to launching a small business.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 24, have a disability or health condition, or face barriers to regular employment, the Explorer can help you see a new perspective. Discover whether entrepreneurship and self employment are for you!

Go to: http://edpyouthtoolkit.communityfutures.ca

Small Business BC

The resource centre to help B.C. entrepreneurs start and grow their business. 
Build Something Big. Go to:  www.smallbusinessbc.ca

Neil Squire Society Technology @ Work Program

Ergonomic and Assistive Technology to Support Employment

The Technology @ Work Program supports people with functional limitations who have workplace barriers in British Columbia who require Assistive Technology for employment or volunteer activities.  Go to: http://www.neilsquire.ca/individual-programs-services/technologywork/


VanCity Savings Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (ACED) 

FOR BC entrepreneurs with disabilities outside of Community Futures Service Areas:

If you’re applying for a VanCity Savings microloan and are an entrepreneur with a self-disclosed permanent or long-term disability, you may be eligible for some business coaching to help you launch your enterprise.The ACED (Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with a Disability) program can provide access to business services that help you apply for and receive microloan funding, enhance your business skills, and support the success of your business.  



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For over 30 years, we’ve been fostering entrepreneurship in rural BC. We offer small business loans, business counseling and specialized programs to help you start or grow a business, and to help communities become more resilient and dynamic. Find out more…

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