Start-up or acquire

You want to start-up or acquire a business? The Centre local de développement Beauharnois-Salaberry (CLD) can provide you with all the help you need to realize your project.

With the professional support of the CLD’s advisors, you will benefit from their expertise and know-how. They will guide you in your search for financing, namely by showing you the financial assistance programs that are best suited to your situation.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Québec (proof may be required, such as birth certificate or citizenship card).
  • Your business project must be located (address) on the CLD’s territory of intervention: Beauharnois, Saint-Étienne-de-Beauharnois, Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Saint-Urbain-Premier, Sainte-Martine, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

Are you planning to move to another region? Consult the Internet site of the Association des CLD du Québec (ACLDQ) to find your CLD.

Financial assistance application process

To take advantage of one of the assistance and financing programs offered by the CLD, you must follow the steps below:



Register for the information session

You must enroll by e-mail or phone for one of the CLD'S information sessions held every two or three weeks, given by the advisors.

Calendar of the information sessions



You must fill out the three documents included in the information kit or on the Tools for Entrepreneurs page under the Financial Assistance Application Submission tab.

Tools for entrepreneurs

For the Soutien au travail autonome (STA) [Support for Self-Employment] program, you must include an additional data sheet that confirms your eligibility to the program provided by your Centre Local d'Emploi (CLE).

Download the STA program fact sheet


Opening of your file and first meeting with an advisor

After reviewing your documents and project, an advisor will contact you to set up a first meeting. The timeframe may vary between one or two weeks, depending on how many files are in progress.


Presentation to the investment committee

Once your file is completed, your advisor will present it to the Investment Committee, which will decide if your project is accepted or not. The Committee meets every month, except July and December.


Decision of the investment committee and drawing up of the contract

Once the process is completed and the conditions are met, the contract will be drawn up, signed and payment will be made. A timeframe of about fifteen (15) business days is required.

Afterward, your business will benefit from regular follow-up and technical support as needed.

If you need assistance with any of the steps of this process, do not hesitate to contact one of the CLD's advisors.

For more information:

Joël Lessard

Advisor, Development, Financing and Strategic Advice

450 373-2214 Ext. 132