Indigenous Services Canada – Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Business Opportunities (2022)


This program promotes entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities and seeks to increase the number of viable Indigenous-owned businesses. The program has 2 components: access to capital and business opportunities.

The Access to Business Opportunities stream provides national level funding to promote a culture of entrepreneurship through national Indigenous organizations to improve access to business opportunities and to enhance the capacity of Indigenous businesses. Support will vary depending upon the needs of the recipient, the availability and sources of funding, the eligibility of costs, the economic benefits, and the project viability.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is 100% of the cost of eligible activities, up to a maximum of $500,000.


Eligible recipients include:

  • First Nation and Inuit communities and their governments, including tribal councils;
  • Indigenous individuals;
  • Organizations and associations, whether Indigenous-owned or non-Indigenous-owned, as long as they are not charitable or religious;
  • businesses owned and controlled by Indigenous peoples;
  • Canadian owned and controlled banks, credit unions and trust companies authorized to make commercial loans and are provincially or federally regulated;
  • private equity providers;
  • provincial or federal crown corporations;
  • municipal governments;
  • labour organizations;
  • universities;
  • colleges; and
  • other learning institutions.

Applications Steps:

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