Small businesses (1-99 employees) represent 97 per cent of the Canadian economy and 70 per cent of the Canadian Workforce. Newcomer entrepreneurs bring their international experience, entrepreneurial drive and innovation to the local economy.
ACCES Employment, a nonprofit organization assisting job seekers who are facing barriers to employment to integrate into the Canadian job market, is raising funds through the World of Difference fundraising campaign to support newcomer entrepreneurs navigate Canadian legal and regulatory systems, prepare business plans and develop successful market strategies to launch their businesses in Canada and help shape future communities.
The campaign seeks to raise funds towards advancing the vision of building a fully inclusive labour force that reflects the diversity, skills and experience of Canada’s population.
According to the organization, it will be increasingly critical to support newcomer entrepreneurs in navigating the world after COVID-19, as they will be essential to re-building the country after the crisis.
As a part of the campaign, a virtual event to celebrate entrepreneurs and raise funds is being held on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Guest speaker and Emcee Tareq Hadhad, a Syrian refugee and founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate, will be sharing his experiences as an entrepreneur at the event. Hadhad was one of the winners of the 2020 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. Learn more about the event and register here.
ACCES Employment is inviting contributions to its campaign to support small business owners, newcomers and future business leaders. To make a donation, click here.