Quick Facts

Service type: Newcomer, Employment, Women, Disability
Counselling Sessions: One-On-One counselling session with an entrepreneurship coach
Eligibility: Identify as a Woman, 18 years of age and older, permanent residents, convention refugees or live-in caregivers
Delivery: In-person and virtual based on client preferences
Language: Basic command of English language is preferred. However, we understand that not every newcomer maybe comfortable with English. If you require counselling in a different language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your language needs

Program Description

The Newcomer Women Entrepreneurship Program (NWEP) is a free training and counselling program for newcomer 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 and growing a small business in Toronto. The program will also connect newcomer women with a community of small business owners, as well as guiding the entrepreneurs to available resources for Startup and small businesses.



The NWEP training program includes workshops on topics such as:

  • Creating a personalized action plan to launch a business.
  • Developing your idea and business plan
  • Learn how to register a business in Ontario
  • Create and practice your business pitch
  • Gain entrepreneurial knowledge – including budgeting and marketing
  • Learn how to discover you consumers and develop a business model tailored to your business
  • Network with other entrepreneurs
  • Learn about resources, services, and funding opportunities for entrepreneurs


The program is delivered via one-on-one self-employment counselling sessions, where women can ask questions and receive guidance on their business plans and ideas. Additionally, entrepreneurs will receive the following services throughout or at the end of the program:

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

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?

Our entrepreneurship counselling sessions are available throughout the year. However, the service is offered on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your spot in the program.


Need help?

Contact us for more information about the services and to schedule your appointment.

Contact information

Ajmal Paiman

Entrepreneurship Counsellor

(647) 621-8512


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

This program is funded by:



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