Venture Niagara - Community Futures Development Corporation

About Us

Venture Niagara - Entreprise Niagara

Venture Niagara is located in the historic Welland Mills building – an authentic grain mill built in 1846 and carefully restored in 2007.

Established as a not for profit corporation in 1985, Venture Niagara is one of 61 Community Futures Development Corporations in Ontario. We are members of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Ontario  (formerly the Ontario Association for Community Futures Development Corportations Inc. – OACDFC) and of the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association WOCFDCA. Funded by the federal government, Venture Niagara invests in small and medium size businesses and carries out community development projects across Niagara.

We provide financing to small businesses and are active in economic development projects to support and strengthen our communities. We use our resources to help create permanent and sustainable employment in Niagara. Services are provided in both of Canada’s official languages.

Our business plan which includes our investment targets, activities and budget are submitted and approved by the federal government through FedDev Ontario on an annual basis.

In 2015, Venture Niagara celebrated its 30th anniversary.


For many years our service area was limited to Welland Pelham and Thorold. In 2005, Venture Niagara’s service area increased to include several additional communities in the northern part of the Niagara region.

The number of municipalities increased again in 2015. Our services are now available to all municipalities in the Niagara region except for the Township of West Lincoln. That municipality has access to the Community Futures program through the Grand Erie Business Centre.

Venture Niagara Communities

  • Fort Erie
  • Grimsby
  • Lincoln
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Pelham
  • Port Colborne
  • St. Catharines
  • Thorold
  • Wainfleet
  • Welland


Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario