About the Initiative

The Scotiabank Women Initiative is a signature program designed to increase economic and professional opportunities for all women and non-binary people to be successful, now and in the future.

In December 2018, The Scotiabank Women Initiative launched in Canada to support women-led and owned businesses. Our research revealed an opportunity to serve women businesses in a way that addresses the unique challenges they face. The Scotiabank Women Initiative has since deployed more than $3 Billion in capital to business owners in Canada while engaging 6000+ entrepreneurs across the country through boot camps and mentorship sessions. 

The program was built on 3 main pillars.


Access to capital and tailored solutions

We understand women's barriers in accessing financing and solutions for the business they own and lead. If you're a woman entrepreneur looking for access to capital for your business or ESG-focused services for your company, we're here to help. As a program participant, you get access to a financial partner who can help support your growth and financial future. We offer creative financing solutions tailored to your strategic priorities, including working capital and inventory financing, funding for capital projects, expansions, mergers and acquisitions, and much more. 

Specialized education

Whether you attend a live event, a workshop, a boot camp, or help yourself to articles and podcasts available on our website, we aim to elevate your business skills, raise your financial IQ and increase your networking opportunities. All resources are centred around addressing your unique business challenges, to help you move your business forward.

Mentorship and advice

When we come together, connecting women with like-minded peers and role models can inspire real change and empower development. The Scotiabank Women Initiative provides exclusive, advisory services and mentorship opportunities. Together, we can discuss challenges and barriers to women's advancement, your business, complex business programs, and more, to help spark new ideas and solutions that will support growth and development.

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