• Canada's Start-Up Visa Program

    Intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada, which will support innovation and job-creation
  • Entrepreneurial Programs

    TBDC delivers several entrepreneurial programs geared to the specific needs of various entrepreneur groups

TBDC motivates entrepreneurial individuals

to develop their business plans and effectively start up their companies

TBDC Entrepreneurial Programs



Ontario Works Self-Employment Development Program is designed to help individuals in receipt of social assistance support to start their own businesses.

Business Inc.

Business Inc.

The Business Inc. Program, offered at various Toronto Public Library locations, is designed to assist new and early-stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

BIZ Futures

BIZ Futures

BIZ Futures is a skills development and business support program designed specifically for persons with disabilities who are starting their own business.

Summer Company

Summer Company

Summer Company is a program available for young entrepreneurs (ages 15 to 29), where participants are full-time students attending school, college, or university.

News & Events

TBDC has helped over


startup and early stage businesses

TBDC is recognized as one of Canada’s top business incubators by the number of:

  • • Jobs created
  • • Businesses served
  • • Client revenues generated

Our Incubation & Acceleration Clients

Nurturing the growth of new and emerging businesses since 1990

TBDC incorporated in 1990 as a not-for-profit agency of the City of Toronto. It was governed by an independent board of directors with support from the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Technology and the City of Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO).

  • 1990-1995

    Starting Out

  • 1996-2000

    Beginning to Grow

  • 2001-2005

    Moving into the Next Century

  • 2006-2010

    Expanding Our Reach

  • 2011-2015

    Entering a New Era

TBDC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration illustrates one of the lessons we try to impart to entrepreneurs:

It can take many years of discipline to become an overnight success

Supporting the growing startup community in Toronto and the broader Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor

Learn more

We thank all of our partners for their ongoing support!