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Entrepreneurs with DisabilitiesEntrepreneurs with Disabilities

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program offers small business loans to people with disabilities who are interested in starting or growing their own business.

Loans are available to entrepreneurs with a viable business idea who have a disability or an ongoing health condition.

In house or on-line resources and training are available for supporting your goal of self-employment.

Who Can Apply

  • Entrepreneurs with a disability or an ongoing health condition.   
  • Live in a rural community in British Columbia.
  • Have a viable business idea and suitable personal investment.

How are our loans geared to help you?

  • Flexible repayment options suited to your business needs.
  • Repayable Business Loans

Services We Offer

  • Business Consultation.
  • Free assistance with Business Plan development.
  • Referral to Business Resources including training, other financing, and business contacts.

Established in 1986, the BC Community Futures Network consists of 34 Community Futures offices across the province, as well as a provincial association located in Vancouver.

Our newly expanded Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program assists individuals with disabilities to access small business loans in order to support their pursuit of self-employment.  Self employment can offer people with disabilities flexible work arrangements and the opportunity to build on their existing skills and expertise while generating additional income.

Community Futures EDP Website






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The Pre-Accelerator Program


Igniting Your Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Supporting individuals with a self-identified disability or ongoing health condition to explore self-employment concept, viability and launch of a business.

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur? The Pre-Accelerator is a 12 week program in which participants create their entrepreneurial portfolio and business plan.

Providing access to business coaching, business skills training and mentoring.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have a self-declared disability and/or have been assessed as having a disability.
  • Have a business idea
  • Have experience in the proposed business ie. turning a hobby into a business.

The Pre-Accelerator program started April 1st 2023


Click here to apply




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WorkBC Self Employment Program

 In some communities the WorkBC Self-Employment Program is is delivered by Community Futures. The program offers income supports delivered over a series of weeks, with business plan development, workshops and mentoring. 

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Currently on an active Employment Insurance (EI) claim, or
  • Have an EI claim that ended in the past 60 months (with no subsequent disqualifications for quitting a job), or
  • Be a BCEA PWD or PPMB client, or
  • Be deemed eligible by WorkBC
    • Have paid into EI 5 of the past 10 years with annual declared income over $3,000
    • Have filed their tax return for most of the recent tax year
  • Be a general WorkBC client with a documented disability

Additional criteria may apply. Contact your local WorkBC office to learn more.


BC Registry Services

If you are starting a new business, you can use the provincial government’s BC Registry service. This service was developed by the BC government to make it easier to register a business in British Columbia.

This service can be used by:

  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Corporations
  • Incorporated Societies
  • Partnership
  • Co-operatives
  • Associations

You can use this service to:

  • Instantly register your sole proprietorship or general partnership with the BC Corporate Registry (Note: This registration requires pre-approval of your business name. Forms can be obtained at Community Futures or the Government Agent Office)
  • Register as a vendor for the provincial sales tax with the BC Consumer Taxation Branch
  • Register as an employer with the Workers' Compensation Board of BC
  • Apply for personal optional protection with Workers' Compensation Board of BC
  • Apply for a business number account with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency for GST, payroll deductions, corporate income tax, and import/export account.
  • Apply for one or more municipal business licenses with participating municipalities

Click here to get started!

 BC Registry Services






Government of Canada
Pacific Economic Diversification Canada
Societe de developpement economique
Pour obtenir le service en français appeler 1-877-732-3534


Community Futures Sun Country recognizes and acknowledges with gratitude we are collectively gathered on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Nlaka'pamux, Secwepemc, St’átl’imx, and Stó:lō Nations where we live, learn, collaborate and work together


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