Type of Program:



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.

When It Ends:



Rolling Deadline


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:


Applicants must contact the Business Development Directorate by email: in order to apply.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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