Get Government Grants To Pay For Your Legal Work

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There are dozens of programs providing funding to help pay for incorporation, employment agreements, contract reviews, and other legal services for startups. We have outlined a few of them for you here!
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Did you know there are dozens of programs providing funding to help pay for incorporation, employment agreements, contract reviews, and other legal services for startups? Below is a list of programs that can help you get excellent legal help on a shoestring budget. We’ve sorted them by region to help you find opportunities relevant to your business.

Program

Organization

Region

Benefit

Eligibility

Application

Export Readiness Micro Voucher

Alberta Innovates

Alberta

Up to $20k toward legal and consulting fees

AB SMEs with $20k in revenue looking to expand into new markets

Connect with your TDA and complete an application

Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program

Investment Agriculture Foundation

British Columbia

Up to 75% of project costs - no ceiling

Applicant organizations must have a head office or be registered inB.C.

Apply online

SMEs Program

CanExport

Canada-wide

Up to $50k toward legal and consulting fees

SMEs with $100k in revenue looking to expand into new markets

Complete application

Innovation Program

CanExport

Canada-wide

Up to $3000 toward legal and consulting fees

SMEs looking to expand into new markets

Complete application

Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Research and Innovation Stream

Government of Canada

Canada-wide

Up to 50% of project costs, to a total of $2 million - 50% must be provided by applicant

For-profits, not-for-profits, and Indigenous groups involved in agriculture

Apply by emailing Project Summary Form to Agri Canada email>

Manitoba Bridge Grant

Government of Manitoba

Manitoba

A $5000 grant

Small businesses in Manitoba

Apply online

Self-Employment Assistance

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland

Up to $13k. Applicant must cover 25% of project costs

NL organizations and businesses

Apply through the LaMPSS system

Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED)

Government of Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

Up to $25k per year

NWT businesses and entrepreneurs

Apply by filling out an application and contacting an Economic Development Officer>

Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program

Government of Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

Up to $25k

NWT businesses and entrepreneurs

Apply by filling out an application of interest and contacting your local Regional Office

Innovacorps Early Stage Commercialization Fund

Innovacorp

Nova Scotia

Up to $10K towards legal and consulting fees

University researchers engaged in technology development with market potential

Apply online using the MS Word Proposal Form

GreenShoots program

Innovacorp

Nova Scotia

Up to $40k

NS startups with a product at Technology Readiness 4

Apply online using the MS Word Proposal Form

Small Business Support Program

Government of Nunavut

Nunavut

Up to $5k

Small businesses in Nunavut who have been adversely affected by COVID-19

Apply by filling out application and submitting to regional office.>

Starter Company Plus

Government of Ontario

Ontario

Up to $5k. Applicant must cover 25% of project costs toward legal and consulting fees

ON entrepreneurs, even those pre-incorporation

Apply through a Small Business Enterprise Centre

AC JumpStart

Accelerator Centre, funded by FedDev Ontario

Ontario

Up to $30k - matched

Southern ON entrepreneurs, even those pre-incorporation

Apply online

SME in Action Program

Investissement Québec

Quebec

Covers up to 40% of costs associated with compliance and achieving international production standards

Corporations, co-ops and social impact organizations in certain sectors and registered in Quebec

Apply by contacting a regional representative

Market and Export Grant

Creative Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

Up to $5000 in administration costs

Creative projects with a market potential in Saskatchewan

Apply online

Know a grant funding opportunity that you think should be included here? Please email zak@goodlawyer.ca

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Client: “How much would you charge for just answering three simple questions?”
Lawyer: “A thousand dollars”.
Client: “A thousand dollars! That’s very expensive, isn’t it?”
Lawyer: “It certainly is; now, what’s your third question?”

All jokes aside, we know that hiring a lawyer can be a costly endeavour. That’s why we’re here to answer the question “Are expensive lawyers better?”

The quick answer is no, *not necessarily*. All lawyers are in the business of providing professional legal advice and services. But, HOW they choose to provide those services affects the price for founders. Let’s walk through an example.                    

Meet Lawyer Larry 👋

He’s practised corporate law for 10 years, and his specialty is with early-stage founders. His large office is in a beautifully restored historic ivory tower in the centre of the business district. You wait for your meeting while drinking specialty coffee made from monkey droppings while enjoying the gorgeous view of the nearby waterfront. The decor and furnishings are the perfect mix of mid-century modern and art deco, and you wonder if you could trade your bed for this unbelievably cushy chair you’re sitting in.

After your meeting, you wait for Lawyer Larry’s email and wonder how you’ll come up with the cash retainer he needs before starting your work. You also don’t know how to budget for legal expenses because the final amount depends on how many hours Lawyer Larry bills you for his work.

Meet Lawyer Grace 👋

She’s practised for 12 years and also specializes in working with early-stage founders. Lawyer Grace works out of a home office with a large window looking out into a lovely garden. She connects with you on a video call that was set up by her legal tech platform (wink wink, nudge nudge), allowing you to book online from the comfort of your studio workspace. You chat about your business aspirations and legal needs and part way through, your co-founder joins the call from their summer beachfront AirBnB.

After the call, you receive a notification that Lawyer Grace has already set up fixed quotes for the services you need so you can book them at your convenience and as your budget allows.

Let’s Break it down

Breaking it down, for the same service (maybe a shareholders agreement or MSA) you’ll pay a base price regardless of who the lawyer is. The difference in pricing between lawyers is:

  1. The add-on — remember the aromatic monkey poop coffee?
  2. The depth of the lawyer’s experience with your legal needs.

When you think about it, do the add-ons have any bearing on how GOOD the lawyer is at actually doing the legal work? Not really. 

On the other hand, how much experience the lawyer has with your issue DOES matter. But does more experience translate to more expensive? For the billable hour lawyer, yes. But for lawyers who don't use billable hours for services, not necessarily.

Ultimately, you should focus on:

  1. Your lawyer’s experience.
  2. Their understanding of and interest in your business.
  3. Your needs and wants as a founder.
  4. Your risk tolerance.
  5. How well the two of you work together.

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December 17, 2022

Finding peace of mind with Fractional General Counsel

Last week startup lawyer, Marty Finestone, and Goodlawyer’s Co-founder & CEO, Brett Colvin, sat down to discuss the options startup founders have in addressing their legal needs. The options have historically been minimal with large law firms charging rates that are out of reach for startups and scaling businesses with tight margins.

Founders who are hesitant to seek legal counsel limit their growth, tie up their executives with routine legal tasks, lack the confidence that their competitors have, and risk making costly errors.

Watch the replay:

What options do founders have today? A model that’s commonly used for other executive roles is being applied to legal advisors to the benefit of startup executives who have watched their legal bills grow exponentially. Similar to a fractional CFO, COO, or CMO, businesses can hire a fractional lawyer to serve as a general counsel, an employment specialist, an intellectual property specialist, or other specialized legal roles as needed. Marty suggests that this model is better than accessing external counsel:

Fractional general counsel is a way for the business and the lawyers to become aligned, and when you're aligned, you actually have a more legal positive environment. So rather than being reactionary, meaning picking up the phone and calling the outside counsel whenever things have gone wrong, […] you're getting dedicated access to someone […] at a fixed fee structure because that encourages better interaction and encourages better legal planning, and you get deeper, higher trusted relationships between the company and their legal representation.

When does hiring a fractional counsel make sense? The timing comes down to the business’ legal needs. Some startups will need frequent legal support from an early stage because they’re in a highly regulated industry like cryptocurrency or health. Others will reach a point in their trajectory where the volume of outsourced legal work simply becomes prohibitive to growth. In either scenario, accessing external legal counsel at a large firm becomes tedious and costly. Marty explains:

Why should we stick with the status quo of just paying the billable hour at that unknown rate? Bring in cost containment by having some certainty [… with] fractional general counsel. It's essentially a fixed amount, a fixed fee per month that allows businesses to budget and understand and predict their legal spend. So you can actually budget for it. That's a big benefit.

The benefits extend beyond cost savings and strategic budgeting. Having a legal expert embedded within your organization means your lawyer knows your business closely as they are a part of your day-to-day team making them a better strategic advisor. You will also have guaranteed regular access to your lawyer, something that many businesses struggle with in external counsel relationships. Brett comments on this:

You know, some of our larger fractional GC clients already have brought up the fact that, it really wasn't the cost that was the biggest barrier for them. It was the slow response times. […] Embedding a fractional counsel into your business: there is no better way to get fast access to that legal support that you're looking for on a day to day basis.

The takeaway that Marty used to summarize his thoughts on fractional general counsel was around getting peace of mind by engaging a lawyer in this model:

Fractional general counsel is about peace of mind. It's peace of mind of knowing that there's someone looking out for you and your business with respect to all the legal aspects that come out of it. They're there to make you the CEO, CFO, founder, and your company is success. They're there to support you every step of the way, from strategic advice to implementation of things. […] And you get peace of mind knowing that you have a competitive advantage over those in your space who don't have a general counsel looking at them. You have peace of mind of knowing that your company is going to be proactive versus reactive.

As a founder or startup executive, you have more advantageous options to address your legal needs than ever before. If you are ready to explore these alternatives for your own company and gain the cost savings, time savings, and peace of mind for yourself and your team, book a meeting with Marty and Denis Ram, Goodlawyer’s internal counsel, to explore how we can connect you with a legal counsel that fits your budget and will address your growing legal needs.

Book a call with Marty and Denis to learn more about legal counsel options for your business:

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December 6, 2022

Support Local Canadian Businesses

We’ve compiled some fantastic products from our community that we think the folks on your gifting list will love. Nearly all of these fine establishments offer Canada-wide shipping, any of the more localized products and services are noted. Join us in supporting local Canadian businesses this holiday season and find the something new and creative for everyone you’re shopping for.

For the little ones on your list:

Maude Kids
Maude Kids Decor is a curated e-boutique with baby & children’s furniture and home goods. Look no further for well-crafted, timeless pieces that are as beautiful as they are functional.
Roo & You It’s a fort, no, it’s a couch! Functional, and modern products for the whole family that are all about having fun at an affordable price.
Sweetness Leave the mess behind this holiday season with delicious sugar cookies that are printed with an edible ink stencil and ready to be decorated with food colouring markers. These kits take the prep & chaos out of cookie decorating.
Two Giraffes High quality children’s footwear that is both functional and fashionable because a child’s shoes are instrumental in their development physically and emotionally.

For those who Care for their wardrobe & the earth:

Kind Laundry An eco-friendly alternative to the traditional detergents in the market. Upgrade to a plant-based, phosphate-free solution with recyclable packaging. Lighten your load on the planet & enjoy a safer detergent for your family.

For The Fashionable Ones On Your List:

Maylyn & Co. Vegan silk sleepwear that is not only super soft, durable, and moisture-wicking, but is also plant-derived, sustainably produced, and packaged without any single use plastics. Use the code GoodLawyer for a 15% discount!
Devon + Lang Life changing underwear for the whole family. Gift the most comfortable underwear developed through innovation and iteration.
Madame Premier Fashionable, gender-neutral clothing for the entire political family. Madame Premier is amplifying the lack of women in politics through beautiful clothing with satirical, political and feminist designs.
Onyx + Ivy Stylish scrunchies, clips and headbands from a team of women who are passionate about fostering community and empowering women and girls.
Bonfire Shades Stylish unisex polarized sunglasses for adults and kids. Locally owned by a Calgary Firefighter family and a portion of sales go to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society. Use code GOODLAWYER15 for 15% off!

Skincare & Beauty Products They’ll Love:

Solful Organics All natural body & home care. Solful formulations are created with ingredients that are highly sustainable, always natural, and proven to have therapeutic benefits.
Glam By Pina Luxurious lip and body products locally made in Ontario. Pina is lawyer by day (find her on the Goodlawyer platform!) and fashion and beauty entrepreneur by night.

For the one who loves to move:

Barre West For your fitness friends in Calgary.
Barre West classes are accessible, dynamic and challenging for all levels of fitness. These classes grow strength and mobility using functional body weight movements and resistance training.
IFLY Indoor Skydiving Get ready to be blown away – literally! Gift an unforgettable experience: the feeling of freefall on a smooth cushion of air. A fun, safe, and cool way to experience flying.

For the foodies on your list:

Nudemarkt 100% natural peanut butter - a delicious plant-based protein solution that is free from additives and rich in flavour.
Tofino Hot Sauce Crafted locally from Canadian produce and 12 specialty peppers, these sauces are fermented in cold waters for two weeks before bringing the heat to your tastebuds.
Eat My Shortbread Premium preservative-free and nut-free baked goods handmade with genuine care in Oshawa, Ontario. Try their best seller, the Craic: Salted Caramel Shortbread.
OK! Kombucha Canada’s best tasting kombucha. Ok! Kombucha is crafted locally from ethically sourced teas, fresh cold-pressed juices, organic acids and guaranteed never to taste bitter or vinegary.
Milk Ice Cream Shop For your Calgary-based foodies.
Handcrafted with love, small batch ice cream locally made in Calgary.
Bamboo Dumplings For your Calgary-based foodies.
Delicious gourmet dumplings and spring rolls made in Calgary and delivered to your doorstep. Enjoy restaurant quality flavours in 7 minutes!

For your cocktail connoisseurs:

Spirits With Smoke Locally made cocktail kits and smoking boards crafted from premium ingredients. These kits will allow you to create top-shelf cocktails at home with ease.

For the Furry Friends on your List:

PawzDogz™ Designed in Canada, premium, hand-made snuffle mats to keep the clever pets in your household engaged and entertained during play time or feeding time.

When only an expertly curated gift box will do:

Indigenous Box Subscription box and gift service that promotes Indigenous entrepreneurship by creating opportunities for emerging, under-represented and established Indigenous businesses.
Grey Willow Gifts Curated gift boxes with gourmet artisan goods from small businesses all across Canada. Creative gifts for any recipient or occasion.

For those looking to Change their Habits:

FÜM Not a vape, not smoking. No vapor, no nicotine, just natural plants. FÜM is about embracing the journey of creating positive habits.

For the tea drinkers on your list:

Waisamama Organic guayusa cold brew tea offers a sustained energy boost with slow-release caffeine, supports farming communities in Ecuador, and is naturally sweetened with only 35 calories per can.
Sarjesa Ethically sourced teas and lattes made with Canadian and International ingredients. Sarjesa raises awareness of the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people while supporting local women’s shelters.
GABAtea.Club Organic GABA tea is naturally high in gamma-aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter that brings relief from information overstimulation. Gift the impossible: a calm mind.

For the Friends always borrowing your car:

Moovez For your Calgary-based friends.
moovez is moving & delivery, made easy! They’re changing the way Canadians move big and bulky items by doing the heavy lifting for you and being ready, on-demand.

For the ones who have everything:

Action Furnace Available in Edmonton, Red Deer & Calgary. Gift a furnace or hot water heater tune-up to give comfort and peace of mind. Clean and well-maintained heating systems will last longer and require fewer repairs.

Happy Holidays!

Goodlawyer’s 2022 Holiday Gift List
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November 18, 2022

Get Funding to Protect and Leverage your Intellectual Property

Who is this program for?

If you are a Canadian startup founder, or small to medium-sized business owner, developing new technologies or innovations, you may be eligible for financial support through Canada’s IP Assist Program. The IP Assist Program has been introduced as part of Canada’s commitment to support the development and commercialization of technologies produced by Canadian businesses.

Why is it valuable to Canadian founders?

Akeem Gardner
"Working with Goodlawyer for the IP Assist program was such a great experience that has empowered our company with a validated IP strategy that we will use to anchor our future growth from there.”– Akeem Gardner, CEO of Canurta

Many business owners are uncertain how to manage the intellectual property (IP) that their business has developed. Having unprotected IP assets leaves Canadian business owners open to vulnerabilities, and underutilised IP assets are also a missed opportunity for business owners as these resources can be a powerful tool to drive growth and create competitive advantages.

The first step for business owners to begin managing and maximising their IP assets is to create an IP strategy. An IP strategy is a plan for how you will continually develop, monetize, and protect your intellectual property assets (trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and data) to give your business a competitive advantage and drive further growth. 

The catch is that an IP strategy should be created with expert guidance, ideally from an IP lawyer, which is often considered an expense that is out of reach for business owners. Insight from an IP lawyer is recommended because intellectual property law is often complex and costly, so it’s best to do it right the first time. IP can also provide significant value or risk to your business depending on how it is managed. Filing for trademarks and patents within Canada and internationally should be done strategically to align with business goals.

If done without the assistance of an IP lawyer, a business’ innovations may be improperly documented, and the efforts may fail to protect the most valuable aspects of the innovations. To make it easier for businesses, the IP Assist Program subsidizes the cost of working with an IP professional.

How Large of A subsidy is provided?

IRAP can provide a subsidy worth up to $50,000.

How Does IP Assist Work?

IP Assist always begins with a conversation between the business and their IRAP advisor, known as an ITA (Industrial Technology Advisor). If you have not yet been assigned an ITA, see our section below: “How can I get started?”

It is important to understand that the IP Assist program has 3 levels and program participants must work through each level sequentially. Proposing a level 3 legal service during level 2 may lead to IRAP rejecting your application.

Level 1: Awareness – IP awareness & knowledge building

This first step is about setting the foundation for a robust IP strategy through a three hour one-on-one session between the company and IP professional. This will be provided at zero cost to the company.

Level 2: Strategy - Engagement of an IP professional to develop a firm-specific IP strategy.

IRAP can provide a subsidy of up to $20,000 for this step.

Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:

  • developing a firm-specific IP strategy with gap analysis
  • review of background art
  • competitor IP asset identification
  • review of supply chain considerations
  • IP landscaping for identification of potential competitors
  • collaborators and core technology relationships

Level 3: Actions - IP professional addresses selected items identified in Level 2

IRAP can provide a subsidy of up to $30,000 for this step. Businesses can begin enacting critical components of their IP work that have been identified as having tangible benefits to reducing risk, increasing business value, and increasing innovation capacity.

Eligible activities may include but are not limited to:

  • detailed IP asset assessments
  • IP audits
  • trademark clearance searches
  • prior art searches and analysis
  • advice on branding strategy
  • legal analysis of IP landscaping
  • patentability analysis
  • licensing strategy formulation

Some of the ineligible activities at any level are:

  • Freedom to Operate legal opinions
  • Infringement and validity opinions
  • Legal fees to cover the drafting of patent applications, responding to office actions, or foreign agent fees or Government fees
  • Patenting/trademark costs (including firm fees, government fees, and foreign agent costs)
  • Maintenance fees or annuities
  • File management costs

How can I get started?

Goodlawyer has a network featuring some of Canada’s top IP lawyers who are familiar with the IP Assist program. We have helped 5000+ innovative companies with their legal needs, including protecting and leveraging their intellectual property. Our lawyers are familiar with IP Assist and can ensure that you maximize the benefits to your company while staying within the program parameters.

Get started with Goodlawyer

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October 31, 2022

 This Halloween, we’ve got a spooky tale from our Lawyer in Residence, Marty Finestone about a group of startup founders who made some bone-chilling mistakes along their journey.

 If you ask a startup lawyer, “hey, tell me some of your horror stories” usually the big one that comes to mind is when someone incorporated by themselves — or does everything by themselves.

When these DIY founders finally have an investor or venture capital group (VC) with a term sheet in front of them and they are ready to get going, the first step is the due diligence requested by the VC's lawyer. As startup lawyers, we want to look at the company’s documents first, look for any errors, and clean it up as quickly as we can so we can so we can present the cleaned up version to the investor's counsel.

So I had this one where it was… everything was wrong.

This startup had incorporated themselves online, and then went to an “everything-type” lawyer who was an acquaintance of theirs. So this is not someone who specializes in corporate law, but we'll call it “dabbled.”

So they were taking in a $75,000 investment from an angel investor. Now, that's a lot of money to some, but not a lot of money to others. This angel investor had a lawyer who was very much by the book. The startup’s legal work ended up being a mix of their own work, because they felt that they knew what they were doing from having done some U.S. company work in the past, and a mix of some work from the  “dabbler” lawyer.

I’m going to spoil the story — the deal didn't happen with the angel investor.

Here's why: when they incorporated the company, they put everyone at the table as the incorporator. The way corporate law works is first, you need to incorporate, and then organize the company. In this case, the organization of the company (which is giving life to the corporation, including issuing the initial shares, establishing the shareholders who could approve the directors and bylaws) was a mess — they had a mix of templates and something that the “dabbler” lawyer had done.

What the “dabbler” had missed is a very nuanced point that basically requires the signature of one of the incorporators. Our firm couldn't render a legal opinion without that signature because it created such a gap in the chain of logic which we couldn’t work around. Long story short, we couldn't find the guy they needed the signature from. There had been a falling out years past, and we tried different angles to reach him but couldn’t, so that created an issue for our firm to give an opinion.

We tried to mitigate that problem, but then we uncovered another issue related to an independent contractor; a small design shop they hired to do their branding work. The “dabbler” lawyer friend of theirs put together a bit of a contract to say, do this, I'll pay you this, and here's the schedule. But the “dabbler” lawyer didn't know a thing about Canadian intellectual property law, especially copyright.

In Canada, even though you pay someone to do the work, you need a written agreement to transfer, from the creator over to you, the IP rights for you to own what they create. Canada doesn’t have a work-for-hire concept like in the U.S. (which is what the founder was familiar with). Plus, in Canada, we have moral rights, and you need those to be waived by a creator. Otherwise, the creator retains certain personality or creator rights in their work even if you own it.

So, as we were going through the startup due diligence we realized they didn’t have IP rights for their branding, and it was going to take too long to get it. The company hadn't properly done what it needed to do to make sure that intellectual property was assigned and we couldn't give an opinion because of a missing signature. 

It ended up spooking the angel investor, and they decided not to invest.

It may sound harsh, but this startup wasn’t serious enough to take in angel investors' money.

Sure, as a startup you have very few resources, and it might be hard to find the ROI when it comes to legal spend. But understanding where and when to spend on your legal is what's important. If you're going to spend it on someone, spend it on a lawyer who knows what they're doing and understands your industry. Don't go to an “everything” lawyer or “dabbler” because little things are going to get missed. 

There are a few lessons here, the main one is to get things right ahead of time.

Prepare your due diligence and work with a lawyer before you go get that signed term sheet. The best time is once you start to get investments, get your legal stuff ready because if you're not ready, you’ll have to spend more time before you’re able to close that deal. If your lawyers look at the diligence, look at your corporate documents, and look at the fundamentals that investors' counsel is going to care about, they'll be able to catch these issues, and you can address them as soon as possible. And then you'll be presenting everything in perfect order, hopefully, to the investor's counsel. 

If you are organized and prepared from day one, you look really, really good to your investors. And again, they will feel that you are serious enough for them to put their money into your startup.

 Thinking about bringing on investors? Now is the time to get prepared!

Goodlawyer has Canada’s top business lawyers who are industry experts and love working with founders. On our platform, you can work with multiple lawyers to address each specialty service you need, from fundraising to corporate maintenance, intellectual property, employment, data protection, and more.

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Why It’s Never Wise to Incorporate On Your Own
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October 31, 2022

You might be an expert in developing computer software,  a specialist in your field, or a master of your craft, but no single person can be an expert in everything that it takes to build a thriving business. The same goes for lawyers. Although most business lawyers can provide general legal advice, not every lawyer can have deep enterprise in everything that it takes to start and run a business (think employment, intellectual property, privacy, and the list goes on).

Today, we’re here to answer the question “What kinds of business lawyers are there?”

So, think of business lawyers as your general practice doctor, your GP. When you feel that tickle in your throat or the aches of a fever coming, you reach out to them first for general help. 

As a founder, you call your business lawyer first, and they take your “temperature” and try to help you with your issue using their broad experience with all things business. Sometimes all you need is a simple prescription, and you’re on your way! Other times, you need help from a specialist with deeper experience in a specific area.

Let’s walk through an example. As a founder of an online and brick-and-mortar fitness studio, what are all of the things I need to do to open the doors? And for each of these activities, what kinds of business lawyers do I need help from?

1. Corporate Lawyer

So you found a perfect space to get a commercial lease, and need to get incorporated. This means you’ll need help from a corporate lawyer who can ensure my company is legally created with proper records and a minute book. 

Since you have partners, a corporate lawyer will also help you understand different shareholder structures that make sense for future growth. They can also create a shareholders agreement to ensure you’re both on the same page about how to manage the business, each of our contributions and compensation, how to resolve disputes, how to leave the business, and other similar things.

A commercial lawyer can also assist with website terms of service, sales terms and conditions for customers whether in-studio or online, customer liability waivers, and also review and negotiate supplier contracts for fitness equipment, cleaning services, and retail vendors.

2. Real Estate Lawyer

Now that you’ve incorporated and you and your partners have protected your business (and relationships) with the necessary contracts, you can finally start to make moves on that perfect studio space! For the commercial lease, I’ll need help from a real estate lawyer who can review the lease and advise on issues to negotiate.

3. Intellectual Property Lawyer

You’ve got the space, and now it’s time to build a beautiful and eye-catching website to stand out from your competitors! Your website terms of service have been reviewed by a corporate lawyer, so the next step is to talk to an intellectual property lawyer who can help with trademarks for your logo and tagline. Also, you’ll need to ask an intellectual property lawyer about whether you can patent that new and unique exercise method (think Richard Simmons meets bungee cords). An intellectual property lawyer will also be able to protect any photos and videos you upload onto your website.

4. Privacy Lawyer

Before you open the doors to your bumpin’ fitness studio, you’ll NEED to talk to a privacy lawyer. When collecting personal information from my customers, both on the website and in-person, you’ll need to create a privacy policy to protect you, your clients and ultimately your business.

5. Employment Lawyer

And finally, before those doors open, you’ll also need some extra hands for the desk and retail boutique plus instructors for the classes. An employment lawyer can help you understand if you should have employees, contractors, or both. They can create the agreements you need for my team and help you understand the legalities around these employment relationships. 

Still not sure what kind of lawyer you need? Our Legal Concierge™ is a friendly and knowledgeable service that can help you navigate the daunting world of Law — for free.

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October 13, 2022

September 30th marks Truth and Reconciliation Day around Canada. This year as a team, Goodlawyer is actively committing to learning the truth about Indigenous history in Canada, acknowledging and understanding injustices that continue to affect Indigenous people today, and creating actionable steps for how we can participate in meaningful reconciliation.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. 

NOTE: The topics addressed in this post and at the links below may be triggering for individuals, particularly Survivors of The Residential School System. Please call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line for former Residential School students 1-866-925-4419 if you or others are triggered.

Step One: Learn the Truth

Below we’ve provided foundational resources specific to learning the truth about Indigenous history. As a legal tech platform, we found that these resources helped us frame why we need to learn the truth and unlearn what we thought we knew; apologies don’t mean anything unless you know what you are apologizing for and acknowledging mistakes requires knowing what the mistakes are. This is the only way to move forward.

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

“The Commission defines reconciliation as an ongoing process of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships. A critical part of this process involves repairing damaged trust by making apologies, providing individual and collective reparations, and following through with concrete actions that demonstrate real societal change. Establishing respectful relationships also requires the revitalization of Indigenous law and legal traditions. It is important that all Canadians understand how traditional First Nations, Inuit, and Métis approaches to resolving conflict, repairing harm, and restoring relationships can inform the reconciliation process.”

UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples

“Adopting the Declaration as a framework for reconciliation is about building a better Canada for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians today, and into our future.”

Step Two: Listen to Indigenous Voices

Take the time to find news, books, podcasts, art, music, and other resources from Indigenous sources. Get your perspectives from Indigenous people; they have lived experiences and best understand Indigenous culture and history in Canada. 

Legacy of Hope Foundation — This resource provides testimonies from those who survived the residential school systems and those who are sharing on behalf of students who went missing or did not survive the schools. The Legacy of Hope Foundation also produced nineteen exhibitions on the Residential School System, reports on current news, and many other resources

We encourage you to watch the Escaping From Residential Schools videos and ask yourself:  

How would this have impacted my family if this was our story? 

Imagine looking at the members of your family at a family gathering, and at least one out of two (or more) never returned from residential school or died shortly following their return. Those that did return now suffer from trauma related health issues including addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and other physical and mental health issues that for Indigenous people, almost inevitably lead to over-incarceration, poverty, discrimination, violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQIA people, and more. Not only does this affect the family member, but this is all now part of the experience of their entire family and their descendants.

Unrooted Podcast - The Indigenous Foundation — Unrooted is a podcast by The Indigenous Foundation, focused on centring Indigenous voices and stories. Through candid discussions with Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous advocates and change-makers, Unrooted, is dismantling systems of oppression and uprooting the deeply ingrained issues and racism that exist against Indigenous peoples today. 

Step Three (and repeat): Reconciliation

Below we’ve provided resources specific to reconciliation which the Goodlawyer team is using. Learn more about how all individuals and organizations can implement acts of reconciliation into their daily lives.

Authentic Allyship Project — Authentic Allyship Project represents a collaboration between Indigenous scholar and lawyer Andrea Menard and non-Indigenous ally Marc Bhalla. They apply professional and life experiences to identify practical steps in support of the acknowledgement of truth and the goal of reconciliation.

150 Acts — Created by Crystal Fraser and Sara Komarnisky, 150 Acts provides accessible steps for anyone to take on an “everyday” level. Many of these are small, everyday acts that average Canadians can undertake, but others are more provocative and are intended to encourage people to think about Indigenous-settler relationships in new ways.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

“92. ii. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.

92.iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”

Consistent and ongoing reconciliation actions are the only way towards a better future for all, but it’s important to recognize and understand that reconciliation will not happen overnight or in the short term. There is no magic pill; reconciliation is generational work which must be repeated today and well into the future.

Next Steps? 

Through continued learning, un-learning, and ongoing acts of reconciliation, we’re taking individual responsibility to help rebuild the bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and to support economic reconciliation in Canada.

Our mission at Goodlawyer is to do good and a part of “doing good” is opening up room at the table for all people to access legal help, especially those from marginalized communities. As we learn and train our team on culturally appropriate ways to support and engage with Indigenous businesses, we’re also working to onboard more Indigenous business lawyers who have the legal expertise and understanding of the cultural nuances important to Indigenous founders.

If you or someone you know has experience in Indigenous law and looking to grow their practice we’d love to connect. Learn more here.

A Special Thanks.

We’d like to thank our Lawyer in Residence, Pauline Chan, who has been leading the charge in developing the culture at our company around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Let's listen, learn and stand together to help each other grow and succeed.

Learn with Open Minds, Listen with Open Hearts.
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September 30, 2022

Why are lawyers unhappy? A study from the Journal of Addiction Medicine in 2016 found that lawyers experience significant levels of depression, anxiety, and stress, and higher rates of problematic drinking than other professional populations. Why are lawyers experiencing these challenges? We’ve put together a list of our top 5 reasons why some lawyers are unhappy.

1. Feeling Disconnected from Purpose

Becoming a lawyer is commonly regarded as a highly rewarding job, but many lawyers do not feel like they are making a positive impact. Some lawyers begin to feel disillusioned in their careers when many of their day-to-day tasks involve administrative work and chasing clients for payment.

Lawyer Pina Di Biase explains how she felt unable to do work that really mattered to her; “I was spending way too much time on administrative work which was taking me away from doing what I cared about - helping other people. I felt like I was wasting so much valuable time when I could have been doing more legal work and growing my practice. I also felt conflicted chasing retainers and asking clients for more money because I felt it went against my intention of helping my clients.”

2. Low Decision Latitude / Lack of Autonomy at Work

Lawyers often experience high amounts of stress and low levels of control in their job, especially early in their careers. The psychological factor called low decision latitude occurs when people feel that they do not have control over significant aspects of their role. When this is combined with a high stress environment, it can lead to negative health effects, higher divorce rates, and these individuals often choose to leave their law firm careers.

Goodlawyer's CEO & Co-Founder, Brett Colvin, experienced this when he worked as a lawyer at a large firm. He was keen to innovate and often shared ideas that he felt could improve productivity and client relationships at the firm. Unfortunately the firm was not interested in exploring his suggestions or making changes. Their rigidity was stifling, but the breaking-point for Brett came when a senior lawyer confronted him saying; "Brett, keep coming up with ideas, but keep them to yourself." Brett chose to leave a successful career at a large law firm and start Goodlawyer so he could have the freedom build something he would be proud of.

3. Too Much Work Unrelated to Practicing Law

Lawyers are often unhappy with their jobs because they are doing a lot of work that is unrelated to their role of being a lawyer. They spend a lot of time on administrative tasks like billing, client management, marketing, and business development, which is not what they went to law school for.

Lawyer Tom Archibald explains: “When I first started my firm, it was difficult to build the visibility I needed to generate more leads and jobs. It was also challenging to find the time to effectively meet and connect with my clients. I was considering expanding my social media presence to increase traffic to my firm’s website, however, I lacked the expertise and budget to initiate the process.”

4. Work-Life Balance is Missing

There is a lot of pressure on lawyers to work long hours and prioritize work responsibilities above all others. Lawyers often find themselves feeling overworked regardless of whether they’re in a large firm, a corporate role, or even running their own solo practice. Lacking a healthy work-life balance can often lead to poor work performance, stress at home, and contributes to high rates of burnout.  

Lawyer Alex Koch explains how building her practice created an unhealthy balance: “As my practice began to grow, I found that I was struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance. There were no carved out times when my clients could or could not reach me, which meant that I was spending all day on the phone and answering emails instead of actually working. Work was starting to take over all of my personal time.”

5. Many lawyers still haven’t heard of Goodlawyer!

Ultimately, why are so many lawyers so unhappy? We think it’s because they haven’t heard of Goodlawyer yet! Goodlawyer solving many of the problems that contribute to lawyers feeling dissatisfied in their careers. Goodlawyer is an online platform where lawyers can connect with business owners looking for legal services and build out their practice with great clients without any additional administrative work, gain access to supportive tools, and join a welcoming community of like-minded professionals.

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April 1, 2022

This is a guest post from Samir Murji, Founder & Principal Counsel at Muris LPC, as well as an active Good Lawyer on our platform. Samir specializes in corporate law and business negotiation and has gained significant experience in the technology and privacy industries through his practice.

I’m too busy. Why should I care about privacy?

As an entrepreneur, it is extremely important to invest resources from the outset to safeguard your customer’s privacy by developing and maintaining transparent privacy and data security policies and practices. Such an investment will not only help you potentially avoid legal risk and limit your company’s exposure to security attacks when they inevitably occur but will also help strengthen your brand even support customer acquisition. 

Your customers are conscious of and increasingly concerned with how their personal information is collected, used, and shared. Safeguarding customer privacy has become much more than a risk mitigation tactic for start-ups and large corporations alike, it’s a strategic opportunity for brand growth and reputation building. The privacy section included in the terms of service hyperlinked in the footer of your website is not enough to demonstrate your company’s commitment to customer privacy; it must be proven by your actions. If you take away only one thing from this article, it should be that respecting your customer’s privacy should be at the forefront of your company’s decision-making process and should be a gated question you asked on every project or development. Your customers will notice and will in turn reward you.

My business is too small for me to worry about this. 

The size of your business, current stage of your growth cycle, or number of customers or users you have does not matter when it comes to your privacy obligations. If your company breaches applicable privacy legislation, you will not get any special treatment because you are a start-up. Commercially speaking, you may also risk losing trust among your customers or users which is crucial at early stages of growth. 

So what’s the law?

Advancements in technology and the legislation that regulates it are in a constant footrace with technology always a few steps head. As such, privacy regulations are continuously evolving to govern the relationship between companies and consumers and safeguard privacy. The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) is the federal privacy law, regulating how to handle personal information collected by your business. PIPEDA applies to all federally-regulated businesses in Canada (including those incorporated in Ontario), with the exception of British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, who have their own privacy laws. 

Personal Health Information is regulated by a provincial privacy act in each province. In Ontario, the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) sets out rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information.

There are also limits to how businesses send commercial electronic messages via email, social media and text to prospective customers or users in Canada. The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) requires that businesses receive explicit consent from individuals to send electronic messages. 

If your company is controlling or processing personal information in the European Union or of EU data subjects, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies also. GDPR is aimed at enhancing individuals' control and rights over their personal data and regulating the processing of personal data of EU resident individuals.

In addition to negative publicity, there are substantial legal and financial consequences for violating all applicable privacy legislation which vary depending on the violation.

What is Personal Information that should be safeguarded? 

Personal information is essentially any information which relates to your customers or users that could identify them.  It includes age, medical records, income, ethnic background, credit card numbers and so forth. Generally, any information not available on a public LinkedIn profile is protected.

With respect to your employees, personal information would include their names, email addresses, home addresses, social insurance numbers, dependents, marital status, and age among other items.  

How can I make my business compliant? 

Follow these 10 fair information principles from PIPEDA to govern your collection, use, and safeguard of personal information to get your business on the right track:

  1. Accountability - An organization is responsible for personal information under its control and must appoint someone for its compliance with these principles.
  2. Identifying Purpose - The purposes for which the personal information is being collected must be identified by the organization before or at the time of collection.
  3. Consent - The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information
  4. Limiting collection to a minimal basis - The collection of personal information must be limited to that which is needed for the purposes identified by the organization and be collected by fair and lawful means.
  5. Limiting use, disclosure, and retention - Unless the individual consents otherwise or it is required by law, personal information can only be used or disclosed for the purposes for which it was collected and only be kept as long as required to serve those purposes.
  6. Accuracy - Personal information must be as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as possible.
  7. Safeguards - Personal information must be protected by appropriate security relative to the sensitivity of the information.
  8. Openness - An organization must make detailed information about its privacy policies and practices publicly available.
  9. Individuals must be able to access their own personal information - An individual must be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of their personal information and be given access to that information  and have it amended as appropriate upon request.
  10. Individuals must be able to challenge your compliance to PIPEDA - An individual shall be able to challenge an organization’s compliance with the above principles.

Using these 10 principles, you  must create a privacy policy that applies to your specific business and the personal information that you collect. You must do an assessment of your business practices to determine what data points are collected and assess what kinds of controls you need to implement to protect that personal information. Keep in mind that most web platforms and analytics tools collect personal information including IP addresses, geographic target location, cookies, page visits and clicks, names and passwords, among other data points. 

What should be in my privacy policy?

Ok so in exchange for all this free information, here’s my not so shameless plug: If you’re still reading this, you likely need a privacy policy so stop reading now and reach out to me or another experienced privacy expert to help you assess your privacy needs and craft a custom privacy policy that is not only compliant but creates transparency for your customers or users and clarity for your staff. This is certainly an area where hiring a trained professional is worth the investment. 

The foregoing is for informational purposes only and should in no way be relied upon as legal advice. If you have any further questions about privacy or data, you can schedule an Advice Session tailored to your business needs with Samir here.

The Business Case For Privacy in Canada
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January 21, 2022

This is a guest post from True North Accounting, a trusted partner of Goodlawyer. With knowledgeable CPAs and bookkeepers in Calgary and Okotoks, True North helps make life easier for small business owners with bookkeeping, accounting and tax advice. Their streamlined process and clear, all-in pricing helps business owners save time and money. 

As employers search for unique ways to attract and engage top talent, the employment package your small business offers needs to be enticing and supportive. But how do you nurture employee engagement as priorities shift, and your people start a family? Flexible benefits that support new families may be what sets you apart from the attractive health insurance, pensions, and retirement packages large companies can offer. 

To help you manage parental leave with minimal disruption to your small business – and be the brag-talk of the baby meetup – we have tips on how to offer flexible arrangements that support new parents (and ultimately, build employee loyalty). 

Cover the legal bases

Know your legal obligations when it comes to parental leave. With the law as your starting point, you can start to develop policies that are in alignment with your company’s values. Some small businesses offer flexible work arrangements, allowing employees to return to their jobs on a gradual part-time basis, with reduced responsibilities, on a modified work week, and/or the ability to telecommute.

Do you know how long maternity leave in Canada is? Many are surprised to learn that EI benefits are actually broken into 15 weeks for maternity, and up to 61 weeks of parental benefits depending on the employee’s choice of standard or extended benefits.

See the federal and provincial (Alberta) rules. 

Don’t be afraid to consult your lawyer if you plan to design a parental leave policy in addition to EI, taking into consideration specific eligibility requirements to qualify for benefits – such as a minimum length of full-time employment (e.g. 12 months) and how much notice is required when requesting leave. The next step is to know how your business will experience the least amount of interruptions possible (especially if your employee will be on leave for 18 months).

Start your planning early

As soon as you learn an employee is expecting a baby or planning to adopt, you can take action to make the transition as smooth as possible.

As a small business owner, you know exactly what it’s like to wear a number of hats; it should come as no surprise that your employees do, too. Keep in mind, it may be a challenge to find one person who can perform every aspect of the job. To manage your employee’s workload, you’ll need to decide whether you’ll:

  • hire a temporary worker to take on their position during the leave
  • distribute the work among your other employees, or
  • manage the extra workload with freelancers and independent contractors

The sooner you can find a replacement to start training, the better. And while you may be tempted to take on responsibilities yourself, don’t inherit tasks that are better suited for existing team members or a temporary employee.

The economics of parental leave

Business owners may consider offering a top-up to their employees while they are on maternity leave receiving EI, and/or covering the employee’s benefits during this period. This may be a larger expense to the employer, but the real value to any company is its employees — treat them well, and they'll do wonders for your company.

There is, however, a maximum amount your employee may receive in income before an EI clawback may apply. In 2022, if your employee is collecting EI benefits and their total income for the 2022 tax year exceeds $75,375.00, they will be required to pay the lesser of:

  1. 30% of income received in excess of $75,375.00
  2. EI benefits received

In addition, employees receiving additional income while collecting EI benefits will be required to repay $0.50 on every dollar received of EI benefits, up to 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings. The employee will need to repay any EI benefits received on income in excess of this threshold for that period. 

The importance of communication

Before your employee goes on leave, make sure you have the following in writing:

  • a complete and up-to-date job description for the role they perform
  • a list of daily and weekly procedures for their position
  • any additional notes that will help a temporary replacement perform the job

A breakdown of all your employee’s duties is essential for anyone who steps in to help – and invaluable should the expectant mom or dad decide not to return to work.

Don’t forget the ROE

When an employee goes on parental leave, as an employer you must issue a Record of Employment (ROE) to them. If you’re doing it electronically, you have five calendar days after the end of the last pay period. 

If you are issuing a paper ROE, you have to issue it within five calendar days of the employee's interruption of earnings or the date you become aware of the interruption of earnings.

Final thoughts

To effectively manage a maternity or paternity leave, consider these three steps: consult, plan and communicate. By following the recommendations in this article, you’ll ensure your employees’ rights are upheld and your business can continue to thrive when parental leave is required.

Final tip: While an employee isn’t required to communicate with the office while on leave, you can ask that they offer the courtesy of letting you know if plans change, as soon as possible. It may be an employee’s full intention to return to work, but circumstances can easily change once a baby arrives! 

Get the advice you need for every financial situation 

At True North Accounting, we help small business owners set up a foundation for success and thrive. Book a meeting with one of our knowledgeable CPAs so we can look at the numbers, give you the low-down on how your business is doing, and create a plan for growth.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to Maternity Leave in Canada
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November 14, 2021

Join Josh Weinberger, Goodlawyer’s Chief Legal Officer, as he discusses the differences between an agreement and a contract in business law.

These two terms are often used interchangeably in everyday language, but their legal implications are different! An agreement is more of an informal arrangement between two or more parties to do, or not to do, something. These are typically built on trust so they are not legally enforceable.

However, a contract is legally enforceable which is essential to protecting your business. If you do not have a contract, you will have an uphill battle trying to prove what was agreed upon. The timing of that contract is also important to get right. When should you enter into your contract? In most cases, the answer is today. Or, more than likely, yesterday. 

You might be tempted to wait for more clarity or more money or more clients or whatever it is that you tell yourself that you need. It is imperative to get everything in writing now so that if something goes awry, you can look back to your contract and confirm exactly what was agreed upon.  

Goodlawyer has helped hundreds of Canadian business owners get their contracts reviewed for only $25/page. It's a low price for the peace of mind you'll have knowing that your business agreements are properly documented in legally binding contracts!

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September 13, 2021

Did you know there are dozens of startup accelerators across Canada that want to help you kick-start your growth? Below is a list of accelerators that we’ve sotted by region to help you find opportunities relevant to your business.

Name

Required development stage

Details

Funding

Location

Accelerate Okanagan - Startup Basics

Pre-seed/Seed

Designed to support entrepreneurs who are ready to take their business to market.

$473K

Kelowna, BC

AgTech Acceleration

Pre-seed/Seed

Focus on AgTech / biproducts

N/A

Montreal, QC

Alberta LEANSTACK Accelerator

Pre-seed/Seed

Supports Alberta’s Digital SMEs striving to find product/market fit and traction. Must have less than $100k ARR

N/A

Alberta

Co.Labs

Series A Startups

Non-profit organization focusing on tech startups

$1M

Saskatchewan

Communitech

Early stage, late stage, and scale-up

Focus on medtech. Startup, scale up, corporate & general memberships available costing $500-$5000 per year

$30B

Kitchener, ON

Creative Destruction Lab

Early stage VC/ Seed

AI, Blockchain, Health, Quantum Machine Learning, and Space.

N/A

Toronto, ON

District Ventures

Early stage start-up

Consumer goods and services Social entrepreneurship Commercial service

$130K

Calgary, AB

Energia Ventures

Early stage VC/ Seed

Energy, Smart Grid, and Cyber Security fields

$70K

Fredericton, NB

Entrepreneur First

Pre Seed/ Seed

We invest time and money in talented individuals, helping to find a co-founder, develop an idea, and start a company.

$15M

Toronto, ON

Founder Institute

Pre-Seed

Focuses on technology and technology-enabled businesses. So long as the business has the ability to scale through technology. Costs $999 USD

$1B

Toronto, ON

Founder Fuel

Early stage VC/ Seed

Mentor-driven venture accelerator that helps early-stage startups make meaningful progress. Must have a founding team of at least two with one being a technical co-founder.

$470K

Montreal, QC

gBETA

Early stage VC/ Seed

Connects startup founders, musicians, artists, investors, universities and corporations.

$100K

Toronto, ON

Genesis

Early stage VC/ Seed

Enterprise, which assists technology-based ventures that have high growth potential. Must have less than $1M in annual revenue

N/A

St. John's, NL

Google for Startups Accelerator Canada

Early stage VC/ Seed

Helps your startup innovate and grow by sharing knowledge of building successful companies, adopting an AI-first methodology, and leadership best practices.

N/A

Kitchener, ON

Growth Accelerator

Start-ups

Focus on retail or manufacturing industry. Must have a minumin revenue of $20,000.

N/A

Montreal, QC

Holt Fintech AI Accelerator

Early stage VC/ Seed

Data driven market network in which the best startups are bonded together with Advisors, Investors and Corporate Partners.

$30K

Montreal, QC

Idea Boost

Early stage VC/ Seed

For companies that are building the next generation of technology-based media and entertainment products, services, and brands

$35K

Toronto, ON

Inuit Prosperity Accelerator

Early stage VC/ Seed

Dedicated to solving the most pressing challenges facing small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

$20K

Toronto, ON

Launch Academy

Early stage VC/ Seed

Focus on tech start-ups looking to learn and grow with other tech entrepreneurs in the same office space. Costs $100/month or $1000/year.

$300K

Voncouver, BC

Lazaridis Scale-up Program

Seed/Series A

For companies that have achieved product-market fit and are looking to scale.

N/A

Canada-wide

Manitoba Technology Accelerator

Early stage VC/ Seed

Science and technology. Minimum revenue $24,959.00 up to 5 people. Costs $2,100 a month for a one man team. The fee will rise respective to the number of people on the team up to 5.

$280K

Winnipeg, MB

PlugandPlay - Travel and Hospitality

Early stage VC/ Seed

Discover, support, and scale disruptive technologies that are defining the future of travel and hospitality.

$9B

Toronto, ON

Radius

Early stage VC/ Seed

Provide funding.

$2K

Vancouver, BC

RevUp

Growth Stage

Program which focuses on the challenges that rapid-growth technology companies in British Columbia often encounter. Must be in the post revenue stage and actively scaling your business.

N/A

Kelowna + Vernon, BC

Startup Zone

New startups or existing companies

Offers help with business model development, information sessions, and support in legal, accounting, marketing, and sales.

N/A

Charlottetown, PE

Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator

Early stage VC/ Seed

Development and application of artificial intelligence across all industries and markets.

$7.6B

Montreal, QC

The Venture Accelerator Program

Early stage VC/ Seed

Helps technology companies accelerate defining a proven business model for profitability and help them effectively grow.

$500K

Victoria, BC

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

Early stage VC/ Seed

Help small and medium sized enterprises gain knowledge and a network of contacts

N/A

Canada-wide

Velocity

Early stage VC/ Seed

Science

$50 - $100K

Kitchener, ON

Volta

Early stage VC/ Seed

Help remove barriers faced by many startup companies by offering office hours with experts, furnished office space, internet connection and much more. Must be pre-revenue.

$25K

Halifax, NS

Know an accelerator that you think should be included here? Please email zak@goodlawyer.ca

Check out our other blog post if you’d like to learn more about government funding:

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