The Starter Company Plus Program @ TESS provides an opportunity for Ontario Works recipients to get training, advice and mentoring to help them build a business. The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a grant to help start their business.

Due to demand the City of Toronto has exhausted all available funds for Starter Company Plus Program.  The program is currently closed until additional funding can be secured from our partners at the Province of Ontario.

What Are the Benefits?

Starter Company provides:

  • Assistance in developing a Starter Company Plus @ TESS application.
  • Training focused on developing and managing their business.
  • One-on-one advisory services and mentoring.
  • Access to computers, internet and spaces to support business development.
  • A grant of up to $3,500 to assist them in starting or growing their business.

Who Can Participate?

You can apply if you’re:

  • An Ontario Works participant.
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • A Toronto resident or operating your business in Toronto.
  • Not working full-time.
  • Not in a full-time education program or returning to school.
  • Not enrolled in other Provincial employment or self-employment related programs that include or do not include financial assistance.

What’s Involved?

Additional training has been put on hold at this time, please speak with your Caseworker to explore other Self-Employment training options.

How Do I Apply?

Additional training has been put on hold at this time, please speak with your Caseworker to explore other Self-Employment training options.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Starter Company Plus is a Government of Ontario program offered in Toronto by Enterprise Toronto.