Quick Facts

Service type: Newcomer, Employment, Women, Older (45+) jobseekers, Disability
Training dates and times: See below
Eligibility: Identify as a Woman, 18 years of age and older • Permanent residents, convention refugees or live-in caregivers
Delivery: virtual

Program Description

The Newcomer Women Entrepreneurship Program (NWEP) is a free online training program for English and Arabic-speaking women who are interested in learning and developing entrepreneurial skills to start a business. The program equips participants with basic business start-up skills and knowledge related to launching a small business in Toronto, as well as connecting newcomer women with a community of small business owners.


The NWEP training program (English and Arabic) includes workshops on topics such as:

  • Developing your idea and business plan
  • Learn how to register a business
  • Create and practice your business pitch
  • Gain entrepreneurial knowledge – including budgeting and marketing
  • Network with other entrepreneurs
  • Learn about resources, services, and funding opportunities for entrepreneurs


In addition, the NWE Program features an “Ask an Entrepreneur” component, which offers one-on-one self-employment counselling sessions where women can ask questions and receive guidance on their business plans and ideas. Those who cannot commit to the 4-week NWEP training may sign up for “Ask an Entrepreneur” only. NWEP training participants will automatically receive one-on-one self-employment counselling as part of the training program. “Ask an Entrepreneur” provides:


  • Referrals to community services
  • A PowerPoint Template for your pitch deck
  • A step-by-step video guide to Registering Your Business Name as a Sole-Proprietor, and
  • Self-employment resources

Training Dates & Times, and Registration Info

Program Dates & Duration for NWEP Training Program (English and Arabic):


NWEP English Training Program (February 13 – March 10, 2023)


  • Monday: 12 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Thursday & Friday: 12 PM – 2:30 PM



NWEP Arabic Training Program (January 4 – January 31, 2023)

  • Monday: 12 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Thursday & Friday: 12 PM – 2:30 PM



Program Dates & Duration for NWEP – “Ask an Entrepreneur” counselling sessions

November 6, 2022 – March 31, 2023

Sign up for “Ask an Entrepreneur” 1:1 Counselling Sessions.

Additional Information

For more information on the NWEP Training Program (English & Arabic) and “Ask an Entrepreneur ” counselling sessions, download the program flyers here:




Client Testimonials

Amal Habash

Client and owner of Habash Services: Bookkeeping & Tax Filing Services

“The program had a great impact on my business ideas and helped me establish a step-by-step procedure on how to draft a business plan, utilize social media and marketing effectively, and measure success on my own terms. WoodGreen helped me prepare for what to expect when it comes to self-employment by providing me with the tools I need to confidently adapt to the Canadian business workplace.”

Randa Algafarawy

Client and owner of Ramoda Handcrafts

“The NWEP program helped me gain a lot of knowledge and skills on how to start my own business in Canada and to understand what it means to be an entrepreneur. I’m very proud of the soft skills I learned, as well as the resources and supports that were given to me by the workshop facilitator and instructor so I could succeed in this training program and launch my business.”

How you can support

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Ready to participate?

Contact us for more information about future sessions of the program.

Contact information

Reham Teama

Resident Entrepreneur & Workshop Facilitator



Monday to Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM

This program is funded by:



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