The Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) is an incorporated non-profit charitable organization working for financial empowerment in the Ottawa area

Our Commitment to francophone integration pathway / Notre engagement en faveur du parcours d'intégration francophone​

L’OCLF est heureux d’offrir tous ses services dans les deux langues officielles. Si vous souhaitez être servi en français, veuillez nous en informer et nous nous ferons un plaisir de le faire. Il y a aussi de nombreux organismes francophones qui font partie du Réseau en immigration francophone (RIF) et qui offrent des services en français à leurs clients. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez cliquer ici.

Pour consulter notre site en français, cliquez ici.

Resumption of In-Person Consultations

Commitment to OCLF programs and client safety remain our priority, so we continue to adapt to the ever-changing COVID environment. With the best interests of our clients in mind, and with most public health measures now being lifted, OCLF will offer services virtually or in person, whatever works best for you.

Virtual consultations:

  • You can reach out to us by phone (613-366-2159, ext. 1001) or email (info@oclf.org) and  we will get back to you within 24 hours to book your appointment.

In-person consultations:

  • We are accepting walk-ins between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Mondays and 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays, in-person consultations are available by appointment only.

We look forward to assisting you with your needs!


OCLF arranges loans to start, buy or expand your business, and professional development loans to increase your employability. 

We also provide workshops about starting a business and building credit in Canada through community partners for on-site delivery.

Small Business

OCLF provides loans to support your business development or growth. The loan process includes support with business plan writing and creating a
cash flow.

Professional Development Loans

OCLF provides loans to cover tuition and related costs in programs that increase employability.

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OCLF empowers people by giving them information and tools to increase economic confidence and self-reliance or to start a business.



We have been serving Ottawa residents since 2000


We leverage funding to help people achieve their goals​


We empower individuals with information and resources through education and affordable financing to improve employability and self-sufficiency​​


An inclusive Ottawa where all community members are supported in achieving personal, professional and financial success



We treat others with integrity and respect


We prioritize the client's needs in all that we do​


We improve the community through education and by enabling access to affordable financing


We engage Community Partners to improve client access to services

Our Commitment to Truth and reconciliation

OCLF recognizes the Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation report and is committed to the development and implementation of an action plan that will facilitate working with Indigenous communities as partners to identify opportunities to improve Indigenous Peoples’ access to our programs and services. Land acknowledgements are incorporated into all OCLF’s education and entrepreneurship offerings.

In response to #92 (ii) OCLF facilitates Aboriginal peoples’ equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities through access to microloans intended to assist in achieving professional development, education, training and entrepreneurship goals.

Additionally, OCLF has implemented 92(iii) into our core operational activities by providing education for leadership and staff on the history of Aboriginal Peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal Crown relations.

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OCLF empowers people by giving them information and tools to increase economic confidence and self-reliance or to start a business. Call or email us to find out how we could help you.