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Are you a First Nations, Inuit or Métis business owner or one who is thinking of becoming an entrepreneur? If so, this page can help you find information to start, manage and grow your business. You will also find information and links to programs and business support organizations specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs.
Financing for Indigenous entrepreneurs
Search our database of
government grants, loans and financing to locate programs that best suit the needs of your business.
In addition, these specific financing programs are for Indigenous entrepreneurs who are starting or growing their business.
Louis Riel Capital Corporation
Only Applies to : Are you a Manitoba Métis or Non-Status Indian entrepreneur? If so, you could access financing to start, acquire or expand your small business.
Manitoba Financial literacy — Resources Access information, tools and calculators that can improve your understanding of financial products and services. Sivummut Grants to Small Businesses
Only Applies to : If you live in the Baffin (Qikiqtaaluk) region of Nunavut, you could get up to $25,000 to start or grow a business.
Nunavut Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund
Only Applies to : If you are Aboriginal and live in the territories, you could get financing to start or grow a business.
Northwest Territories Nunavut Yukon Fisheries and fur programs
Only Applies to : Are you a fur harvester in Nunavut? If so, you are eligible for advance payments for cleaned and dried sealskins and furs through local Wildlife offices.
Nunavut Community Futures Treaty Seven — Business development
Only Applies to : Are you an Aboriginal entrepreneur wishing to start or grow your business? You may be eligible for a business loan.
Alberta Settlement Investment Corporation
Only Applies to : As a Métis business owner, you could get support with direct business loans and services such as business plan development and training.
Alberta Indian Business Corporation services
Only Applies to : If you are a First Nations person looking for financing for a new or existing business, learn about loans and business services available to you.
Alberta Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc.
Only Applies to : Are you an established or budding entrepreneur seeking financing and business support services? If so, learn about direct business financing, equity investments, and business services.
Alberta Commercial/Agriculture Loans
Only Applies to : Your Aboriginal agriculture business can access loans for capital expenditures, including farm equipment, livestock and land acquisition.
Saskatchewan Ulnooweg's Aboriginal Business Loans
Only Applies to : If you are a status or non-status Aboriginal living in Atlantic Canada, you could get funding to start, buy, grow or refinance a business.
New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
Only Applies to : Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan As an Indigenous entrepreneur, you could get money to help start or grow your business. JEDI Aboriginal Development Fund
Only Applies to : If you are Aboriginal and live in New Brunswick, you can apply for up to $2,500 to start or grow a business.
New Brunswick Atuqtuarvik Corporation — Financing
Only Applies to : If you are Inuit and live in Nunavut, you can apply for a loan to start or expand your business.
Nunavut Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
Only Applies to : If you are an Aboriginal entrepreneur seeking financing and business support, learn about loans, equity investments and services available to you.
Alberta Clarence Campeau Development Fund
Only Applies to : If you are Métis, you could get a financial package to help you start, buy or expand a business.
Saskatchewan General business loans
Only Applies to : As a member of the Six Nations or New Credit aboriginal communities, you could qualify for a business loan of up to $300,000.
Ontario Coast Opportunity Funds — Economic Development Fund
Only Applies to : Obtain funding for your sustainable business or economic development activities if you are a Participating First Nation (or individual member of one) on the
British Columbia BC coast. First Citizens Fund — Business Loan Program
Only Applies to : If you are an Aboriginal resident of B.C. you can get support to start or grow your business.
British Columbia Aboriginal Economic Development Fund — Regional Partnership Grant
Only Applies to : As an approved aboriginal business or a non-aboriginal business partnering with one, you may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $250,000.
Ontario Aboriginal Economic Development Fund — Business and Community Fund
Only Applies to : You may be eligible to apply for a loan for your aboriginal business in designated regions of Ontario.
Ontario Economic Opportunity Fund
Only Applies to : Your Qikiqtaaluk tourism-based business, operating adjacent to the National Parks, may be eligible for a grant of up to $10,000.
Nunavut Small Tool Grants
Only Applies to : Inuk artists or craftspeople may be eligible for funding of up to $2,500 to purchase tools and supplies.
Nunavut Makigiaqvik Loans
Only Applies to : If you have an Inuit-owned business you may be eligible for a loan of up to $50,000.
Nunavut Support organizations for Indigenous entrepreneurs
Connect with business advisors and peers who can help you develop your skills and achieve your business goals. These organizations may also offer business resources, mentorship and networking opportunities to help get you started.
Manitoba Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
Only Applies to : Access business networking opportunities, seminars, events, membership discounts and a chamber directory.
Manitoba Kakivak Association
Only Applies to : Your business could benefit from a range of services that assist Inuit in planning, establishing, managing or expanding a business.
Nunavut Kivalliq Partners in Development
Only Applies to : Your business could benefit from a range of services that assist Inuit in pre-startup, startup, expansion and business relief.
Nunavut Aboriginal Business Development Services
Only Applies to : If you are an Aboriginal person who is thinking of starting a business or has an existing business, you can get access to information and resources to help you meet your business goals.
Alberta Aboriginal Business Services
Only Applies to : If you are an Aboriginal business owner, you can get free business advice during any development stage of your product or service.
New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business If you are Aboriginal and want to sell your goods or services to the government, find out how to apply for government contracts. Aboriginal Business Directory You can search for or register an Aboriginal business in this directory of suppliers. Aboriginal Business Advisory Centres
Only Applies to : As an Aboriginal entrepreneur, you can access free business advice and other services for business start-up, expansion, partnerships, and planning.
British Columbia Aboriginal Procurement Initiative
Only Applies to : Your aboriginal business could benefit from advantageous procurement practices from the Government of Manitoba.
Manitoba Aboriginal Procurement Program: bidding on government contracts
Only Applies to : Access and bid on government contracts as a First Nation, Métis or Inuit business owner.
Ontario Aboriginal Business Service Network — Saskatchewan
Only Applies to : Find the business information you need as a First Nations or Métis entrepreneur in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council Become a certified Aboriginal or minority-owned supplier or register to access these suppliers and benefit from inclusive supply chain practices. Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business Find tools, training and networks created by your peers and by industry leaders to help you start or grow your Aboriginal business. Business Planning
Before starting a business it is recommended that you have a solid business plan. Access information on business plans, templates and learn more about doing market research.
Business planning Find out how to write a business plan and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics. Conducting market research Learn more about market research, how it can improve your business decisions, and how to conduct a market research campaign. Starting
Find resources that can help you start your business.
Naming your business Choose the right name for your business. Your business name should be unique and easy to remember, and should describe the products and services you provide. Registering your business Find out about the requirements to register your business with different levels of government. Choosing and setting up a location Trying to decide where to locate your business and how to arrange it once you get there? Consider your options. Managing
Learn more about marketing, managing employees and how to run your small business on a day-to-day basis.
Growing Discover ways to expand your business, from innovation to entering international markets. Day-to-day operations Successfully managing the ups and downs of daily operations is the backbone of your business. Marketing and sales How well you market your business and interact with your customers can vastly influence your success. Employees Discover how to recruit, hire and effectively manage your employees. Selling to governments Learn how your business can take advantage of contracting opportunities from the federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and foreign governments. Regulation and Taxation
Find out what permits, licences you may need and regulations you will need to follow in order to successfully run your business.
Find the inspiration to start your business! Read these
success stories from Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada.