Provincial Business Information Sites -- Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. –– Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade web site with links to help small businesses start up and grow. –– Ministry of Consumer and Business Services web site offers an array of services to help small business. –– Offers information on small business development in the tourism, culture and recreational industries. –– Ontario Centres of Excellence established by the Government of Ontario to strengthen links between academia and industry. –– Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Regional Economic Development Branch. With expertise in key economic sector, including tourism, mining, forest products, agriculture, business/industry and aboriginal economic development, as well as community development and health/social, area teams support the development of a healthy, competitive and sustainable northern economy.

Federal Business Information Sites –– Canada’s Business and Consumer web site, provided by Industry Canada, supplying business and consumer information online.–– Government of Canada site with Business Start-up Assistance tools provided by Canada Business Service Centres.–– Canada Customs and Revenue Agency small business page. - FedNor invests more than $45 million a year directly into programs and services which bring economic benefit to northern communities. An additional $18 million is flowed through the provincial network of Community Futures Development Corporations, strategically located throughout Northern and rural southern Ontario.