Community Futures Network of Canada
About Community Futures. We operate 269 non-profit offices across Canada that provide small business services to people living in rural communities. Each office delivers small business loans, tools, training and events for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business. Read some success stories or click on your province (above) to find the nearest office. About the Community Futures Network of Canada (CFNC). Our association actively supports Canada’s 269 member offices. We are guided by a Board of Directors made up of Community Futures representatives from across the country. Want to know more about our network? Get in touch. The CFNC is engaged in three main areas:
We work with national decision makers to ensure the long-term sustainability of Community Futures. We initiate cost-saving programs and progressive policies to maximize the impact of our members’ efforts.
Through the direction of its Representation Committee, the Community Futures Network of Canada (CFNC) is focused on offering strong representation of the Community Futures Program to the Government of Canada and other targeted audiences. This mandate is accomplished by providing up-to-date information related to the National Community Futures Program – its impacts, successes, and best practices – to specific targeted groups. Also, with the assistance of a variety of ad-hoc committees, the CFNC continuously evaluates and explores ways and means that common CF/CBDC initiatives can be worked on collectively on a national basis so that local CF/CBDCs are able to gain some efficiencies and economies of scale.
We provide a wide range of member services including specialized professional development and training and group discounts.
With the assistance of its Best Practices Committee, a key focus of the Community Futures Network of Canada (CFNC) is to gather and share information online on a wide variety of new and improved CF initiatives, processes and practices that will provide benefit to both staff and volunteers of CF/CBDCs across Canada. Through its national website, as well as its best practices portal (CFNCZone), the CFNC is able to offer easy access to a wide range of tools and resources that have been developed, tested and successfully utilized by local groups throughout the country. To access the CFNCzone, please click here. In addition, the CFNC is currently working to roll out of a number of initiatives of benefit to the full range of CF/CBDC organizations at both the local and provincial/territorial levels, including a shared CF exchange email platform, a national Bell Mobility Program, a national reporting platform and a national toll free number.
We actively work to gather and share information between Community Futures offices in the interest of building valuable links and networks that help us serve our clients better.
Communication and collaboration is the essence of the Community Futures Network of Canada (CFNC). Each year the CFNC produces an Annual Review that showcases some of the successes of the CF/CBDCs from across the country and documents the significant contribution that the Community Futures Program is making in starting and growing new businesses, as well as helping to revitalize Canada’s rural communities. The CFNC also produces, on a regular basis, its e-newsletter (the CFNCBuzz) that is designed to keep CF/CBDCs across Canada abreast of the latest news and developments from their national network. And every three years the CFNC organizes a national conference that brings together hundreds of Community Futures volunteers and staff from each province and territory to meet, share information and learn from each other about the incredible work that is being accomplished through the efforts of their local community organizations that are the backbone of the Community Futures Program of Canada.
Funding for Community Futures offices and the CFNC Network is provided by the Government of Canada’s Regional Development Agencies.
Each Community Futures office employs a number of core staff positions, including a General Manager, Business Analyst, Community Economic Development Officer and Administrator. Brief descriptions for these positions are listed below. Community Futures core positions are supported by on-the-job and other forms of training that support career advancement locally and nationally. Check out the opportunities below or click on your province (above) for job openings.
Skill Requirements / Job Components
Regional Development Agencies
- Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor)
- Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev)
- Western Economic Diversification Canada (WED)
- Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
- Government of Nunavut (GNU)
- The CFDCs and CBDCs – A Winning Approach for Community Futures
- Annual Report 2014
- Annual Report 2013
- Annual Report 2012
- Business Development Bank of Canada
- Canada Business Service Centres
- Canada Small Business Financing Program
- Association of Canadian Community Colleges
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Canadian Community Economic Development Network
- Canadian Rural Revitalization Network
- Canadian Foundations of Canada
- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
- CFNC 2015 National Event Video
- Opening choir video: CFNC 2015 National Event
- Event Proceedings for the CFNC 2015 National Event
- 2018 Community Futures Conference (June 2-6, 2018). Please reserve the dates
- COMMUNITY FUTURES NETWORK OF CANADA – WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD
- Atlantic CBDC Corporate Services
We are proud to introduce some small and exceptional businesses that, thanks to our help, contractors from rural regions were able to start and make them grow
Community Futures Network of Canada 300 South Edgeware Road St. Thomas, ON N5P 4L1 T: 1.888.633.2326