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In 2019, Rise expanded its Lending Program for the first time outside of Ontario to Nova Scotia and Alberta. In addition to Halifax and Edmonton, Rise also expanded to Waterloo Region, bringing its total locations to 10. Only in Toronto and Mississauga, Rise operates an independent office. In other locations, Rise partners with local organizations that work in the employment or self-employment sectors. Each Rise site across Canada is staffed by one Business Advisor who is embedded in the partner organization’s suite of services. This partnership model is both cost effective and ensures a locally-focused approach reflecting and addressing the culture and needs of each community.

As we grow across Canada, we’re looking for local agencies to partner and collaborate with as we continue to expand. If you’re looking to enhance your existing community programs and provide support to people who are overcoming mental health and/or addiction challenges, we’d like to hear from you.


Rise lending programs provide valuable ongoing startup support options for your team to offer your clients. Our loans are low interest, with flexible payback options designed with your clients’ individual circumstances in mind. We have a decade of experience in successfully providing lending services.

Partner agencies receive:

  • Extensive onboarding and training from experienced program staff in our Toronto head office
  • ‘Patient capital’ – low interest, flexible term loans from our loan fund
  • Compelling and professional marketing materials for outreach
  • Sophisticated, ongoing support for your team and your clients through our Client Relationship group


Rise Training programs are available to be delivered as a stand-alone offering to your clients and stakeholders.

Program Elements

  • Project Launch

    Kick-off webinar for agency staff.
  • Facilitator Recruitment

    Hiring guide and facilitator handbook
  • Participant Recruitment

    Outreach and intake package
  • Coach Recruitment & Training

    Access to Rise Mentor Resources
  • Program Delivery

    Licensed curriculum
  • Local Graduation

    Planning guide and certificates

To inquire about either of these partnership opportunities, send us a message:

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Linda Verde

Rise first helped me buy a laptop that I still use today, and set me up with an awesome mentor. Their staff responds quickly and warmly, and makes me feel supported. As my business grows, I want to return that support because I so appreciate their help and their whole reason for being.