How we help

The Rural Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) helps small business owners

  • develop their business plan
  • find local market information and take advantage of new opportunities
  • get access to financing through repayable business loans
  • get independent business guidance and advice

The Rural EDP Loan is

  • a repayable loan for new and existing businesses
  • for business owners that have viable business plans
  • for people who self-disclose a disability or ongoing health concern

Rural EDP loans can be used for a variety of projects including

  • business start-ups or expansions
  • new technology purchases or upgrades
  • upgrades to facilities or equipment
  • new market and promotional material development
  • working capital for anticipated sales

One-on-one skills coaching for entrepreneurs with disabilities

If you are in business and making some sales but need additional support, you could be eligible for one-on-one business skills coaching and advice. Contact us for more information.

The Urban Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (UEDP) can assist small business owners with additional support to overcome a barrier to entrepreneurial financing with

  • develop their business plan
  • with one-on-one skills coaching, mentorship and support

Self-Employment and Disability Benefits 

Running a business while receiving disability income assistance is possible. You must ensure that you are following the reporting requirements of the disability insurer. We urge you to contact you benefits provider before starting a business. We can help you with general information and referrals. 

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About Community Futures

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…

Contact us

#C230 - 7871 Stave Lake St.
Mission, BC  V2V 0C5

T: 604-289-4222
T: 1-888-303-2232


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