ACED - Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with a Disability

ACED loan

Because the right support can make a big difference

If you’re applying for a microloan and are an entrepreneur with a self-disclosed permanent or long-term disability, you may be eligible for some business coaching to help you launch your enterprise.

The ACED (Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with a Disability) program can provide access to business services that help you apply for and receive microloan funding, enhance your business skills, and support the success of your business.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the ACED program, you must:

  • Be in the process of applying for a Vancity microloan
  • Self-identify and disclose yourself as a person with a disability
  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Operate the business in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Regional District, Greater Victoria, or the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

Program benefits

Your ACED program manager will work closely with you to identify the business support you need. Services include:

  • Training and/or review services to help you prepare your business plan
  • Business coaching, counselling, and mentorship
  • Help with locating other business resources

Through ACED, we’ll engage and pay a third party business advisor to provide these supports to you.

Before you apply…

Before applying for a loan to launch a business, we recommend that you contact the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation to determine the impact that generating self-employment or small business income may have on your disability payments.

While you must self-identify or disclose your disability to qualify for ACED business support, this is not required to qualify for a microloan.

For more information about ACED, please contact the microloans program manager at 604.709.6930, 250.995.7620 on Vancouver Island, or email

The ACED program is offered with the financial support of Western Economic Diversification.