Tool Box

The SADC du Haut-Saint-François is pleased to welcome you to explore its tool box for entrepreneurs and businesses.

We have organized these tools according to subject. Here are the references to help you in your search for information.

Navigating the tool box is very simple: all you have to do is glide the cursor onto the underlined reference and click. Give it a try!


Business Start-ups

Are you thinking about starting up your own business? Great idea! Now you have to plan your project.

Business Start-Up Assistant (BSA) is a site set up by Canada Business where you will find different topics on starting up a business. You will find a wealth of relevant information.

Business Plan

A business plan is a written document that is used as a guide to managing future and/or established businesses. It defines the objectives of the business and suggests steps towards reaching them. A business plan provides information on your business to financial institutions and investors, and helps lend credibility to your project.

We invite you to take a look at the business plan we have developed with our regional partners in the Haut-Saint-François.

Business Plan, Haut-Saint-François:  WordPDF.


Financing Opportunities

As you may already know, there are various available opportunities that can be explored to finance a project. Canada Business has made your work easier by providing a site where you can launch your search. In the Sources of financing section, you will find many very interesting potential opportunities.

Here is a list of partners who may be able to provide very advantageous financing solutions:

Canada Economic Development (DEC)
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Investissement Quebec
Réseau Capital
Farm Credit Canada
Financière agricole Québec
Canadian Youth Business Foundation  (CYBF)


Business Services

Here are some contacts that may be able to provide support in managing your business.

Canada Business
Services Quebec – Business
Info Entrepreneurs
Fondation de l’entrepreneurship
Le Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec inc. (RFAQ)


Importing – Exporting

If you are an entrepreneur and you are currently guiding or would like to guide your business into imports and exports, here are a few addresses to consult:

Export Development Canada (EDC)
Canada International
Exporting-Canada Business
Importing-Canada Business
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)


Corporate and Legal Information

Registraire des entreprises du Québec
Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers


Human Resources

Emploi-Québec
HR for employers
Commission des normes du travail du Québec
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec (workplace safety commission)


Innovation and Research & Development

Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ)
National Research Council Canada
Food Research and Development Centre
Standards Council of Canada
Bureau de normalisation du Québec


Patents – Intellectual Property

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
United States Patent and Trademark Office
European Patent Office
World Intellectual Property Organization


Data and Statistical Sources

If you are researching statistical data, here are a few addresses where you can get help:

Statistics Canada
Canadian economy online
Institut de la Statistique du Québec
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Statistics
Groningen Growth and Development Centre


Government of Canada

The Government of Canada offers many services through its different ministries and agencies, including the following major ones:

Industry Canada
Service Canada
Canada Revenue Agency
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada


Government of Quebec

The Government of Quebec also offers many services through its different ministries, including the following major ones:

Ministère Développement Économique, Innovation et Exportation
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (French only)
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
Ministère du Tourisme (French only)
Revenu Québec