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Northumberland Newcomers Network

Who We Are

We are a group of newcomers and long-term immigrants and we exist as a support network as well as an advocacy group for newcomer entrepreneurs to Northumberland County. Our advocacy includes raising awareness about the unique challenges faced by newcomers and proposing policy solutions at the municipal level. We also organize events, together with our partners, to create opportunities for newcomers and long-term businesses in the county to meet and network.


On our first year, the network is led by a strong partnership between two immigrant entrepreneurs: Parv Billing and Mario Pareja. Parv owns a Subway franchise in the county; he came to Canada in 1999 from India. Mario, who immigrated to Canada in 1990 with his family, owns a KIA car dealership, also in Cobourg.

What We Do

  1. We raise awareness on and propose policy solutions to unique challenges faced by newcomers;
  2. We advocate, on behalf of newcomers and immigrants, for access to programs and services that newcomers may otherwise not be qualified for;
  3. We organize events to introduce newcomers to their new community, including existing local businesses;
  4. We connect newcomer entrepreneurs with partners in Northumberland County to facilitate:
    • business planning
    • financial assistance
    • mentorship opportunities

Watch how our community supports immigrant entrepreneurs:

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A Co-working Space for Entrepreneurs

The Factory is a "mixed use" co-working location at 600 William St. in Cobourg that includes a shared working environment, with several flexible work locations/ spaces from which entrepreneurs can work. The Factory targets work-at-home professionals, independent contractors and people that may work in relative isolation. Members will work independently and use spaces as available to achieve their goals and engagement between members is strongly emphasized.

This space will allow entrepreneurs to connect, share values, network, and offer an opportunity to experience synergy with like-minded people in a stimulating environment.  It will offer: several different workspace options, meeting space, white boards, planning generating space, free internet, and the services of the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre.

The Factory is an initiative of the County of Northumberland, Economic Development Department managed and coordinated by the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre and supported by several community partners.

. The Factory provides innovative, collaborative and community driven workspaces that move beyond traditional work environments.
. A physical space to meet the needs and demands of "work from home" entrepreneurs in Northumberland County.
. An opportunity to escape the distractions of working from home, offering a fully functioning and resourceful space.
. To give small businesses and startups looking to transition out of their isolated work environments into a creative workspace that will increase working productivity.
. Provides rural entrepreneurs with reliable high speed internet.
. Providing opportunities for business growth, expansion, and involvement in business community.
. The co-working space will provide an opportunity for daily business-to-business engagement, professional support, and planning space.
. Client membership brings sense of belonging, community, and networking. 

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Connect with Us

Be a part of the Northumberland Newcomers network and help us to promote diversity in our region and position Northumberland County as a more welcoming community and an ideal destination for newcomer entrepreneurs.

Our Partners

Get Involved

Below are the initial members of the network:


Questions or concerns? Send us an email.