One Year of Pizza Hut Canada’s Equal Slice Program

Pizza Hut’s Equal Slice Program has now completed its first successful year. In partnership with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), the Equal Slice Program provides free education, virtual training and mentorship opportunities specifically to minority, immigrant, Indigenous, and disabled-owned small businesses throughout Canada.


In year one, they welcomed over 50 small business across Canada to the program, providing those businesses with support in the form of a free, 40-hour “mini-MBA” program that incorporates education, virtual webinars and coaching led by university professors and local experts. Participants in the program have access to digital learning sessions and one-on-one mentorship to discuss and help overcome challenges facing their business. Five deserving program participants also received a $20,000 grant to help grow and strengthen their business.

“At Pizza Hut, we believe opportunity is meant to be shared, just like pizza,” says Tatiana Carrascal, President and General Manager, Pizza Hut Canada. “We were inspired to start the Equal Slice Program to support small business owners across Canada and ensure they have access to the education, training and resources they need to succeed. We’re excited to be able to support minority business owners to further drive equality in the Canadian business landscape.”

To learn more about the program and read testimonials from some of last year’s participants, visit

Canadians can also nominate small business owners to be considered for the program here.

Check out some of this year’s entrepreneurs:

I'll Know it When I See It™ – Vancouver, BC

Sweet + slightly snarky paper goods™ and gifts

DISÉIYE – Toronto, ON

Made-to-order contemporary eveningwear


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Jardins Lakou – Montréal, QC

Bio-intensive micro-farm, producing Afro Caribbean vegetables