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


Join us in celebrating OCLF’s journey – from how it all started to how far we have come in these 20 years – in serving the community and pursuing our vision. Engage with us on social media #Throwback Thursdays to learn more.

COVID-19: OCLF Activities/Operations

  • We are pleased to share our ongoing adaptation to the impacts of COVID-19. Our offices remain closed at the moment, but we continue to offer our services remotely. You can contact us at 613-366-2159 or info@oclf.org
  • Commitment to OCLF programs and client safety remains our priority; by moving our delivery models to online platforms, we are able to carry out these programs and services safely.
  • While we continue to reach out to our clients to provide possible help and support if needed, do contact us if you have any questions or require assistance. We would be pleased to help.

Orientation to Entrepreneurship Workshops

With the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), OCLF is delighted to have commenced its Orientation to Entrepreneurship Workshops in the areas of Horticulture and Home Renovation. Funded by OTF’s Grow Investment Stream, the business education program is looking to bring about positive changes in the lives of aspiring Ontarian entrepreneurs and is being offered in partnership with YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. While the Orientation to Horticulture Entrepreneurship workshops are already underway, Orientation to Home Renovation Entrepreneurship workshops are coming up this fall. 


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.

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

Designed to provide you with a comprehensive experience as you navigate the Canadian credential assessment and
pre-employment landscape.

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 engage Community Partners to improve client access to services


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


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

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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 us to find out how we could help you.

(613) 366-2159