Who we are

We are Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and indirect financing, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Through our subsidiary—BDC Capital, we also offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital.

  • BDC supports entrepreneurs in all industries and at all stages of development from more than 100 business centres across Canada and online at bdc.ca.
  • We’re committed to the long-term success of Canadian entrepreneurs and have the tools and experience to help make it happen.
  • We complement the role played by private-sector financial institutions and have been serving Canadian entrepreneurs since 1944.
  • With BDC, entrepreneurs have the peace of mind that comes with having an experienced, knowledgeable and committed adviser in their corner.
  • We understand that a business is more than just dollars and cents. That’s why we look at it as a whole, including the owner’s vision for the future.
  • We are a financially sustainable Crown corporation and we operate at arm’s length from our sole shareholder, the Government of Canada.
  • We’ve been profitable every year since 1998, paying $417 million in dividends to our shareholder.

Free resources and advice for entrepreneurs

We know it’s not easy being an entrepreneur. That’s why BDC provides free resources and advice to help entrepreneurs maximize the potential of their company over the long term.

Visit our Articles and tools section

BDC across Canada

42,000 entrepreneurs

We are proud to support the growth of over 42,000 small and medium-sized Canadian businesses.

2,000 professionals

Our employees are in the business of supporting Canadian entrepreneurs to take their business further.


100+ business centres

As Canada’s development bank, we need to be where entrepreneurs are.

Business centres