Our Impact

This report highlights our work in recent years, the clients we’ve served and the outcomes of our programs.

Our Core Programs

Small Business

We offer low-interest loans, coaching and education through our Small Business Accelerator program to help emerging entrepreneurs launch their business. 

Women’s Business Accelerator

Our free workshop series equips newcomer women with the tools they need to build a profitable business—and economic independence.

Foreign Credential Recognition 

We help educated newcomers re-launch their careers, creating a better future for them—and the Canadians who will benefit from their services.

Client Results: 2015-2020

160 CLIENTS RECEIVED A TOTAL OF $843,216 IN
LOANS

supporting small business entrepreneurship, foreign credential recognition and professional development.

44%

helped newcomers upgrade their credentials to work in Canada

43%

helped people launch their business idea

13%

provided opportunities to train for a new career

85%

on average, have paid their
first loan in full without
defaulting.

80%

of business clients surveyed
were able to achieve what
they wanted to for their
businesses.

5%

who paid off their first loan,
re-applied for a second loan
to expand their businesses.

More than 100 WOMEN

learned how to create
business plans and to pitch
their ideas in our WBA
workshops.

Women in our WBA program have gone on to launch businesses in public relations, food services, retail and more.

“I just want to tell you that the WBA program did improve overall my business value. I’ve been connecting with a bunch of agencies who want to adopt my service to their services or products and I’ve been feeling more confident presenting it. I’m hoping to help small businesses and communities, and one day I get to volunteer at ACCESS :slightly_smiling_face: What you do at Access will result in producing many successful entrepreneurs!”

Petra Hwang-WBA Graduate

I didn’t have a credit history, but even with no outstanding debts, I couldn’t get funds from the banks.

Christon Taylor, The Right Movers

Their loan was a real jumpstart. It gave me the confidence
to take this next step.

Khadijah Haliru, K Body Blends

ACCESS was very supportive. They offered a lot of guidance, and they put me in touch with other agencies who could help me out.

Monina Navarrete, Lil Hearts
Daycare

Our loans improve lives

A few of the industries our clients specialize in include:

Jewellery
Travel
Clothing and accessories
Pet toys
Experiential marketing
Law
Caribbean food
Cosmetics
Bicycles

93%

reported a positive impact
on their well-being, reduced
stress and increase in
motivation

86%

said their business
knowledge had increased and 66% improved their
knowledge and ability to
manage their personal
finances.

80%

were able to achieve what they wanted for their businesses through planning, coaching support and financial backing.

84%

of our current clients identify as racialized.

58%

of our business clients were
born outside of Canada.

More than half of our clients immigrated to Canada

spanning 23 countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

 

Eleven clients currently employ over 50 people

“Over the past year and a half I have employed approximately 25 families, and it’s a great feeling.”

Yashelle Jackson, Owner of 416 Guards

We create financial inclusion

OVER 90%

of our revenue goes towards serving our clients

80%

of our clients are living in poverty or at risk of falling into poverty based on CRA’s low-income indicators

40%

would not have been able to start or continue their
business without their ACCESS loan

We’re powered by people who care

Our volunteers speak a combined 24 languages

such as Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, Swahili and Urdu.

More than 139 clients

have been matched with a business coach

We have over 100 volunteers

providing coaching, loan reviews, admin support and more.

Top industries our volunteers represent are:

Financial: 52%
Business Services: 19%
IT Services: 16%

You can help open doors for an aspiring entrepreneur by supporting ACCESS today!