Introducing a new pilot program with Ryerson University


CNIB is pleased to offer you an opportunity to take two distance education courses in entrepreneurship and small business as part of a pilot project through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University

These courses count towards a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business from Ryerson. Take one or both courses for only $99 each. If you successfully complete the course(s), CNIB will refund your tuition.

For this pilot project, we will be taking up to 15 participants from across Canada. We will consider additional participants for future course offerings.

Course descriptions

CENT 500 — New Venture Startup

This introductory course is designed primarily for non-business students who are interested in starting a business of their own. Topics included assessing entrepreneurial potential, opportunity identification, market assessment, organizing, promoting, and financing the business, intellectual property, buying an existing business or considering a franchise. Students will be expected to work on developing a business plan.

CENT 526 — Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Strategy

This foundation course is designed to stimulate the student's interest in entrepreneurship, thereby cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit. By means of case studies, articles, videos and presentations, students will have the opportunity to learn about many prominent entrepreneurs who have demonstrated commitment, passion, risk-taking, strategic thinking and implementation, and the ability to develop core competencies as they create and grow their successful enterprises. Various topics in entrepreneurship will be introduced as a result.

Quick facts

  • Courses are taken online through Ryerson University.

  • Courses are available in English only.

  • Each course consists of 39 hours of instruction over a 13-week period (approximately 3 hours per week) plus time for homework.

  • Courses start in September 2018 and finish in December 2018.

  • Academic accommodation support is also available to you.

  • Cost is $99 for each course. Your tuition is returned to you once you successfully complete the course(s).

  • Ryerson University uses the BrightSpace learning management system for administering the online courses. BrightSpace is fully accessible with JAWS and ZoomText. 

  • Completing these courses count towards a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business​ from Ryerson University.

You'll need…

  • A high school diploma like an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent from your province/territory.

  • A resume and cover letter expressing your interest in taking the course(s).

  • A declaration of whether you wish to pursue the certificate in Entrepreneurship and Small Business​ or if you solely want to take one course at a time for now.

Assistive technology check

  • Before signing up, make sure you know how to do the following with your assistive technology tools:

  • Using the web: forms, downloading, uploading, web video, and databases for research

  • Email: composing, managing threads, contact lists, replying, forwarding

  • Calendar apps: setting deadlines for assignments, making appointments, etc.

  • MS Word: creating, saving, formatting, using a table of contents and bibliography

  • MS Excel: creating, saving, formatting, using formulas, creating charts

  • MS PowerPoint: Creating, saving and formatting

  • PDF: Opening, reading and setting bookmarks.

  • Chat apps: Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, etc.

Next steps

If you are interested in taking part in this amazing opportunity, please send an email to​ with the following:

  • Your name 

  • Your preferred email address

  • Your phone number(s)

  • Your resume

  • A cover letter declaring your interest in taking the course(s)

  • We will be in touch with registration and payment instructions once we receive your email. 

For more information on the courses or certificate program, please visit The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University website​.


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