Support for immigrants and newcomers

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre offers support to French immigrants and newcomers. Integrating into a new community is not easy, and we want to provide you with the information and tools you need to settle into the business world and start your small business.

Free services are available:

Entrepreneurship training workshops

Participants will be trained and matched with a mentor or coaching service for the creation of their business.


Workshop 1: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Roles and Responsibilities of the Entrepreneur.

Workshop 2: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

Markets: From local to international, a wealth awaits you! This training is to help you fully grasp the business opportunities emerging from our changing world.

Workshop 3: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

The types and structures of business: Social or private entrepreneurship; the raison d'être; the social role; governance.

Workshop 4: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. (French)

Networking: The importance of networking, methods and opportunities for networking. How to build a network when you are new to it? This training will give you the tools and techniques that will allow you to build your business network in a solid and efficient way.

Register here for these workshops.


Contact us now to find out how we can help you get established in our entrepreneurial community!


This event is made possible with funding from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and the collaboration of the CFA (Communauté Francophone Accueillante), RSIFEO and SÉO (la Société économique de l'Ontario).


Restoring consumer confidence in a context of economic recovery

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell shares with you the guide Restoring consumer confidence in a context of economic recovery. You will find attached here both the English version. This guide is intended for all small and medium-sized businesses for whom it is imperative to maintain consumer confidence in order to ensure the sustainability of their business.


The return of the Starter Company Plus program supports the recovery of businesses in Prescott and Russell


Starter Company Plus is back !

The Starter Company Plus program will be back in the fall 2020. Apply now! The deadline is October, 16, 2020.

The program is for entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or buy a small business in Ontario. Through the Starter Company Plus program, they can get individual advice, attend seminars and workshops that reach entrepreneurs. In short, this program will provide mentorship and train entrepreneurs with valuable information and tools by business professionals. Participants will be able to apply for a grant application worth $ 2,500. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, will help in the installation of their business and acquisition of important equipment as well as any other costs. In addition, the program supports the execution of their business plan.

Read the News release.

For more information, to verify the eligibility criteria and to apply.

COVID-19 Business Reopening - Information and Tools

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is committed to supporting businesses in the economic recovery. Ontario is working on economic recovery, which includes reopening businesses. We encourage you to check out the latest information on reopening businesses.

The purpose of this document is to guide businesses in reopening by following health and safety measures. Please continue to follow the guidelines of the Province of Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

Reopening Ontario: what’s in each stageLearn about what can reopen in each stage and where, according to the government’s regional approach to stage 2.

Find PPE suppliersReview a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from COVID-19. Before your business reopens, review sector-specific guidelines to identify personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to keep your employees and customers safe. Supplies are in high demand and the needs of frontline health care workers and first responders will continue to be prioritized.



Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario. In addition, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services offers recommendations for different types of industries.

The Ontario government has launched a new web page outlining resources available to Ontario businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Small business recovery resources.


Information Posters

The Canadian Business Resilience Network - CBRN is sharing posters for you to use such as,

For any other sector or information, visit here.

Prescott and Russell E-Business Grant Program

The Prescott and Russell E-Business Grant Program has been created to help businessowners adapt and enhance their online sales process by incorporating a sustainable e-commerce solution into their business. Prescott and Russell business owners who are researching e-commerce platforms to enhance their online business activities may apply for up to $1,000 toward the implementation of their chosen e-commerce solution.

Come learn how you can make big savings on your WSIB premiums through this program which includes 36 topics to help you build a comprehensive health and safety system in your organisation.
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. You can apply now!


To find out about the programs and assistance available, please consult our page COVID-19 - Resources and Programs 
New information is added regularly.


This study was conducted by the Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism in collaboration with the economic development departments of the municipalities of Clarence-Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Champlain, Hawkesbury, East Hawkesbury, The Nation, Casselmanand Russell.
The study targeted entrepreneurs in the Prescott and Russell region and aimed to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local business climate, determine the support required by regional employers, identify the main sources of information consulted by businesses as well as offer immediate support to the most affected businesses.
The questionnaire was distributed by email and made randomly available to entrepreneurs of Prescott and Russell during eight days, from May 1st to May 8th, 2020. 479 entrepreneurs in the region responded to the survey. Given the number of businesses surveyed, the confidence level for this survey is 95% and the margin of error is 4%. Response rate is 39%. When indicated, these calculations exclude the municipalities of Russell and Champlain which have developed their own survey. Data analysis was conducted in-house.

Agriculture Support

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Information for industry

Measure for international agricultural employees:

Keeping Canadians and workers in the food supply chain safe



COVID-19 support program - Payment deferrals and credit line program

Who is eligible? Producers, agribusinesses and food processors.

How to access? Contact the Farm Credit Canada office in Casselman at 613-764-1515.

Farm Credit Canada offers the following measures:

  • a deferral of principal and interest payments up to six months for existing loans; or
  • a deferral of principal payments up to 12 months.

For more information.


Agri-Food Open for E-Business - Targeted Intake

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors to capture online e-business opportunities that will help create new, expanded or enhanced markets and open new retail channels to help generate new revenue streams for future growth.

The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products.

This targeted application intake features two funding streams:

  1. Bring Your Business Online: Provides a grant of up to $5,000 to eligible organizations/businesses to help establish an online presence.
  2. Develop Online Business Opportunities: Provides cost-share funding for up to 90 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 to develop e-business opportunities on a larger scale.

For more information.

Other programs
Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program – Producers
Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program - Provincially Licensed Meat Processors


Additional support

PREC is in partnership with:  SITEWEBFINAL