Written by admin on April 6th, 2011


            Setting up shop in Canada comes with its own set of obstacles and benefits. Statistics Canada reports that 75% of job creation is through small businesses. Getting a conventional loan is one of the biggest challenges. Canada’s major banks have big profits yet are not supportive of small businesses. Venture capital is scarce.

            Working Ventures, sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Labor, is the first national, labor-sponsored investment fund in the world. Its goal is long-term capital appreciation for shareholders, providing risk capital (between 0,000 and million) to high-growth and medium-sized Canadian businesses. All Canadians who invest in Working Fund receive tax credits.

            Therefore, in Canada, alternative funding is easier to obtain. From customers and suppliers to corporate lenders and government programs, customer financing has minimal paperwork.

            Human Resources Development Canada offers self-employment assistance to employment insurance recipients who want to start their own businesses. There are even Community Loan Associations in each province.

            Canadian Alternative Investment Co-operative in Toronto, Ontario, was formed in the early 1980’s by a number of religious communities pooling resources to make investments towards positive social change. CAIC offers loans, mortgages, and equity investments for community-based projects.



            Bridge loans are loans that are generally very short term, easier to acquire and with quick approval times. Their main advantage is speed and the ability to quickly close, save property from foreclosure or other situations which generally come on short notice and require fast money. Bridge loans are extremely convenient and useful when you absolutely can’t wait for a standard loan. Other names for bridge loans include “interim financing,” “gap financing,” and “swing loans.”


“If you owe the bank 0 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank 0 million, that’s the bank’s problem.”

—Paul Getty


            As the terms “interim financing” and “gap financing” imply, bridge loans are also used to fill in the gaps during cash-flow shortages or to finance businesses or business operations in the interim between larger loans. They also come in handy between business startup financing and more permanent financing. Bridge loans are often used on short notice for real estate purposes. The range can stretch from two weeks to three years, and the amount of the loan and interest rates are only really limited by the customer’s credit. However, the amount of the loan generally won’t be as high as long-term loans would be, and interest rates generally run several percentage points higher.  Ilya Bodner
Small Business Owner
Initial Underwriting Group

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