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Newcomers to Canada

If you’re a recent arrival to Canada, welcome! We’re a proudly multicultural country and your presence here adds to the colour and personality that makes our country great.

We may be biased, but British Columbia is an incredible place to live, work and play. It’s also Canada’s home for entrepreneurship, with small businesses making up 98 per cent of all businesses in our province. Many of these small businesses are owned and operated by newcomers to Canada, with over 11 per cent of immigrants aged 25 to 69 owning their own small business.

If you’re thinking of starting your own business, Small Business BC is here to help. We’re BC’s premier resource centre for entrepreneurs, and we’ve got the supports and expertise you need to get started.

Read our 10 Step Guide to Starting a Business

Unsure of where to begin? Covering everything from finance to registering your business name, our 10 Step Guide lists all the major items you’ll need to account for when starting your own business.

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Download our Free Business Plan Template

A business plan will provide the roadmap towards success for your new business. Our handy business plan template and cash flow forecasting tool is the perfect foundation for starting.

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Understanding Your Rights as an Immigrant

A common question we receive at SBBC is whether an individual needs to be a Canadian to start a business in Canada. Understand your rights and requirements for starting a business.

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Learn how ISS of BC Can Help

ISSofBC provide a variety of support services for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled in BC, find careers, and answer questions relating to starting a new life in Canada.

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Hear from Newcomers Who Started Their Own Business

Focus on solving a real problem and less on making money. If you solve a problem you are passionate about, you will find a way to make money out of it.

Ruairi Spillane lived the experience of moving to Canada, and wanted to make it easier for others to follow in his footsteps. He created to help others achieve their Canadian dream. Learn how he did it.

Ruairi Spillane

Entrepreneurship in a new country can be hard - with experience and language and cultural barriers, but with determination, one can build a business to be proud of.

Originally from Iran, Saba Mohebpour arrived in Canada as a pre-med student. Little did he know the entrepreneurial adventure he was about to undertake with his business, Sprocket.

Saba Mohebpour


Other Ways Small Business BC Can Help Your Business

Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.

Sign up for Small Business BC’s newsletter and be the first to discover our latest news, special offers, and practical resources for your small business. Sign up now, it’s free and easy!

Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.

Join our free online hub of BC-based small businesses and reach a province-wide audience of engaged customers that are passionate about small business. Sign up now.

Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.