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Programs

  • Aboriginal Business Financing Program - Private Project 

    Native Commercial Credit Corporation
    Get a non-refundable contribution of up to $99,999 for business start-up or expansion, marketing, project management, professional advisory services, and development of a business plan, marketing plan or feasibility studies.

  • Aboriginal Business Financing Program — Community project 

    Native Commercial Credit Corporation
    Get a non-refundable contribution of up to $1 million for businesses owned by a First Nation, the Native Alliance of Quebec, or by one of their members. Funds can be used for business start-up or expansion, marketing, project management, professional advisory services, and development of a business plan, marketing plan or feasibility studies.

  • Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program — Access to Capital 

    National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA)
    Get a non-repayable contribution of up to $99,999 for business planning, acquisitions, expansion, domestic or export marketing, new product or process development, introducing new technologies and more.

  • Aboriginal Initiatives Fund III (in French only)

    Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
    Your for-profit or non-profit Indigenous organization could be eligible for a grant for its economic development project.

  • Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program 

    The Martin Family Initiative
    If you are an entrepreneurial aboriginal student, you could learn how to create a product-based and service-driven business from experienced business mentors.

  • Aide au fonctionnement pour les radios autochtones locales (in French only)

    ​Ministère de la culture
    Receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance to help you carry out your mission and activities.

  • BDC Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan 

    Business Development Bank of Canada
    Purchase assets, start exporting, pay start-up or franchise fees and replenish working capital with a $350,000 loan if you have an existing businesses or $250,000 if you are a start-up.

  • CED Jobs and Growth Fund — Indigenous stream 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If your business is working on a project to transition to a green economy, foster an inclusive recovery, become more competitive and create jobs for Canadians, you could get a contribution for up to 100% of the project’s cost.

  • CED Tourism Relief Fund — Indigenous stream 

    ​Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    If you’re working on a project to enhance tourism experiences in your region or helping the community attract more visitors, you could get a maximum $100,000 non-repayable contribution for up to 50% of your project’s costs or a maximum $500,000 repayable contribution for up to 75% of the costs. If you’re also a non-profit, the contribution is most likely non-repayable.

  • Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program 

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    If you’re a not-for-profit or Indigenous organization working towards sustainability and competitiveness by adopting new technology or building capacity, get up to $1 million per project in cost-shared funding to cover up to 50% of eligible project costs in most cases, and up to 75% for high-priority projects for the sector.

  • Clean Fuels Fund — Indigenous-Led Projects 

    Natural Resources Canada
    Receive funding for capital clean fuel production projects, feasibility studies, basic engineering studies and detailed front-end engineering studies for the the new build or expansion of low carbon fuel production facilities.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Indigenous Organizations 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant to cover some of your costs (amounts vary by category) when you engage in contemporary, customary or traditional artistic and cultural activities, including collaborations with non-Indigenous organizations.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Long-Term Projects 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $300,000 for 1–3 year projects involving creating (research/writing), knowing (mentorship, training) or sharing (exhibitions, presentations, collaborations) — including those with non-Indigenous artists.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Short-Term Projects 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $100,000 for projects up to 12 months involving creating (research/writing), knowing (mentorship, training) or sharing (exhibitions, presentations, collaborations) — including those with non-Indigenous artists.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Small-Scale Activities 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get up to $3,000 to cover costs for activities like training, getting expert advice, and purchasing materials to advance your artistic career or practice.

  • Creating, Knowing and Sharing — Travel 

    ​Canada Council for the Arts
    Get a grant of up to $30,000 to support travel costs to attend events within Canada or abroad that offer professional development or access to new markets if you are a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist/organization, or artist's representative.

  • Entreprendre Ensemble (in French only)

    ​Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ)
    Are you a young self-employed worker, freelancer or Aboriginal entrepreneur in Montreal? Get coaching to develop your skills and accelerate your entrepreneurial process.

  • Evol — Conventional start-up loan 

    ​Evol
    Get a loan ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 for your new business start-up projects (0 to 2 years).

  • FULL Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training BEST 

    The Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship
    Access training in proposal writing, strategic planning, financial literacy, leadership, and more.

  • Futurpreneur Canada Indigenous Program 

    Futurpreneur Canada
    Get a collateral-free loan of up to $60,000, along with 2 years of expert business mentoring and resources to get your startup off the ground if you're an Indigenous person 18–39 years old.

  • Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth 

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Wage subsidy for Indigenous businesses and other Indigenous organizations that give First Nations and Inuit youth work experience or on-the-job training in the housing sector.

  • Indigenous Forestry Initiative 

    Natural Resources Canada
    Funding of up to $1 million per year for clean technology, forest bioeconomy, environmental stewardship and forest resource management projects in the forestry industry that create economic development opportunities for Indigenous peoples.

  • Indigenous Growth Fund 

    National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA)
    Access investments to help you develop your Aboriginal business.

  • Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneur Program 

    ​National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA)
    Access training, tools and resources for developing your Aboriginal women's business.

  • Indigenous business at EDC 

    Export Development Canada
    Get support for building a global brand and removing barriers to access for your Indigenous business, whether you’re exporting products, services or experiences.

  • Listen, Hear Our Voices — Large projects 

    Library and Archives Canada
    Build the skills, knowledge and resources needed to digitize and preserve documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures.

  • Listen, Hear Our Voices — Small projects 

    Library and Archives Canada
    Build the skills, knowledge and resources needed to digitize and preserve documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures.

  • Museums Assistance Program — Indigenous Heritage 

    ​Canadian Heritage
    Maximum funding per fiscal year of $200,000 for projects related to the preservation, management and presentation of Indigenous cultural heritage in Canada.

  • Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business 

    Indigenous Services Canada
    Register as an Indigenous supplier and get access to procurement opportunities specifically for Indigenous businesses.

  • SOCCA – Support and coaching 

    Native Commercial Credit Corporation
    If you’re an Indigenous business owner, you can access loans, consulting services, and help with developing a project through the Native Commercial Credit Corporation.

  • SOCCA — Term loan for Indigenous businesses 

    Native Commercial Credit Corporation
    If your First Nations business is looking to start-up, expand, acquire a new business, you can get a competitive term loan to help cover up to 70% of the costs, so long as you can contribute at least 10% of the costs yourself.

  • Skills and Partnership Fund 

    ​Employment and Social Development Canada
    Receive up to $50 million in funding for your Indigenous organization to support your partnerships with industry employers and provide skills training for Indigenous peoples.

  • Support for Indigenous SMEs and AFIs 

    ​Government of Canada
    If you operate a small or medium-sized Indigenous business that has been negatively affected by COVID-19, you could get a short-term, interest-free loan up to $30,000 or a non-repayable contribution up to $10,000 through an Aboriginal Financial Institution.

Organizations

Conseil Des Atikamekw D'Opitciwan

  • 22 Amiskw Street
  • Opitciwan, Québec
  • G0W 3B0

Services offered:  Coaching - Consulting services - Networking

Cree Nation Youth Council

  • 2 Lakeshore Road
  • Nemaska, Québec
  • J0Y 3B0
  • Telephone: 819 673-2600
  • Fax: 819 673-2606

Services offered:  Financing - Networking

Eeyou Economic Group CFDC inc.

  • 12 Poplar Street
  • Waswanipi, Québec
  • J0Y 3C0
  • Telephone: 819 753-2560
  • Fax: 819 753-2568

Services offered:  Coaching - Consulting services - Financing

Kahnawake Economic Development Commission

  • 2 River Road, 3rd Floor, P.O. Box 1110
  • Kahnawake, Québec
  • J0L 1B0
  • Telephone: 450 638-4280
  • Fax: 450 638-3276

Services offered:  Coaching - Consulting services

Kahnawake's Business Portal

  • P.O. Box 1110, 2 River Road 3rd Floor
  • Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Quebec
  • J0L 1B0

Services offered:  Networking

Kativik Regional Government (KRG)

  • P.O. Box 9, 860 Kaivivik
  • Kuujjuaq, Québec
  • J0M 1C0
  • Telephone: 1 877 964-2961, 819 964-2961
  • Fax: 819 964-2956
  • info@krg.ca

Services offered:  Coaching - Consulting services - Financing

Nunavik Investment Corporation

  • P.O. Box 789
  • Kuujjuaq, Québec
  • J0M 1C0

Services offered:  Coaching - Consulting services - Financing

Canadian Executive Service Organization — Aboriginal services

  • 1001 Sherbrooke Street East, Suite 500
  • Montreal, Québec
  • H2L 1L3

Services offered:  Coaching - Mentoring

Corporation de développement économique montagnaise (CDEM)

  • 1005 Laure Boulevard, Suite 110
  • Uashat, Québec
  • G4R 4S6
  • Telephone: 418 968-1246, 1 800 463-2216
  • Fax: 418 962-2449
  • info@cdem.ca

Services offered:  Financing

Corporation développement économique Nikanik

  • 39 Kenosi Street
  • Wemotaci, Québec
  • G0X 3R0
  • Telephone: 819 666-2237

Services offered:  Accompaniment (Aboriginal communities) - Funding (Aboriginal communities)

Evol (formelry FEMMESSOR) Mauricie

  • 4720 Gene-H. Kruger Boulevard, Suite 109
  • Trois-Rivières, Québec
  • G9A 4N1
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Abitibi Temiscamingue

  • 491 Harricana Avenue
  • Amos, Québec
  • J9T 2P7
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Capitale-Nationale

  • 1175 Lavigerie Avenue, Suite 50
  • Québec, Québec
  • G1V 4P1
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Centre du Québec

  • 1422 Jean-Berchmans-Michaud Street
  • Drummondville, Québec
  • J2C 7V3
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Chaudière-Appalaches

  • 1175 Lavigerie Avenue, Suite 50
  • Québec, Québec
  • G1V 4P1
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Côte-Nord

  • 1001 Laflèche Boulevard, Suite 215
  • Baie-Comeau, Québec
  • G5C 1C8
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Estrie

  • 455 MacDonald Street
  • Magog, Québec
  • J1X 1M2
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

  • 679C Perron Boulevard
  • Carleton-sur-Mer, Québec
  • G0C 1J0
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Lanaudière

  • 104 St-Jacques Street
  • St-Jacques, Québec
  • J0K 2R0
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Laurentides

  • 17 660 Charles Street, Suite 101
  • Mirabel, Québec
  • J7J 0C3
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Laval

  • 1200 Saint-Martin Boulevard Ouest, Suite 130
  • Laval, Québec
  • H7S 2E4
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Montréal

  • 507 Place d'Armes, Suite 501
  • Montréal, Québec
  • H2Y 2W8
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Montérégie

  • 5110 Cousineau Boulevard, Suite 203
  • Saint-Hubert, Québec
  • J3Y 7G5
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Nord du Québec - Jamésie

  • 600 3rd Street
  • Chibougamau, Québec
  • G8P 1P1
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Outaouais

  • 137 Gatineau Avenue, Suite 200
  • Gatineau, Québec
  • J8T 4J7
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

Evol (formerly FEMMESSOR) Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean

  • 879 Pont North Avenue
  • Alma, Québec
  • G8B 7B6
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

FEMMESSOR Bas-Saint-Laurent

  • 298, Armand-Thériault Boulevard, Suite 02A
  • Rivière-du-Loup, Québec
  • G5R 4C2
  • Telephone: 1 844 523-7767

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Networking - Mentoring

First Nation Malécite de Viger

  • 217 de la Grève Street
  • Cacouna, Québec
  • G0L 1G0
  • Telephone: 418 860-2393, 1 888 399-2393 poste 216
  • Fax: 418 867-3418
  • info@malecites.ca

Services offered:  Coaching

First Nations Bank of Canada

  • 300 - 224 4th Avenue South
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • S7K 5M5

Services offered:  Financing

First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec (FNHRDCQ)

  • P.O. Box 2010
  • Kahnawake, Québec
  • J0L 1B0

Services offered:  Coaching - Training - Consulting Services

First Nations Quebec Business Network (FNQBN)

  • 265 Chef Michel-Laveau Place, Suite 200
  • Wendake, Québec
  • G0A 4V0
  • Telephone: 418 843-1488
  • Fax: 418 843-6672

Services offered:  Coaching - Growth - Satrt-up - Training - Networking

First Nations Venture Capital of Quebec (FNVCQ)

  • 2936 de la Faune Street, Suite 200
  • Wendake, Québec
  • G0A 4V0
  • Telephone: 418 843-7070, 1 866 569-7070
  • Fax: 418 843-2727
  • info@ipnq.ca

Services offered:  Equity investments - Financing

First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC)

  • 265 Place Chef Michel Laveau, suite 200
  • Wendake, Québec
  • G0A 4V0

Services offered:  Coaching - Growth - Startup - Sustainable development - Busines plan - Training - Managing - Marketing and sales - Mentoring - Business plan - Networking

First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission

  • 250 Place Chef Michel Laveau, Suite 102
  • Wendake, Québec
  • G0A 4V0

Services offered:  Networking - Coaching - Training

First People Innovation Center

  • 85B Du Portage Promenade
  • Gatineau, Québec
  • J8X 2K2

Services offered:  Coaching

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)

  • 333 Seymour Street, 8th Floor
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • V6B 5A7

Services offered:  Coaching - Growth - Financing - Marketing and sales - Networking

Native Commercial Credit Corporation (SOCCA)

  • 2936 de la Faune Street, Suite 200
  • Wendake, Québec
  • G0A 4V0

Services offered:  Loans and cash advances - Grants, contributions and financial assistance - Coaching

Native women's association of Canada

  • 120 Du Portage Promenade
  • Gatineau, Québec
  • J8X 2K1

Services offered:  Coaching

Quebec Aboriginal Tourism

  • 50 Maurice-Bastien Boulevard, Suite 510, 3rd floor
  • Wendake, Québec
  • G0A 4V0

Services offered:  Coaching - Growth - Start-up - Managing - Networking - Consulting services

Services aux Autochtones Canada

Services offered:  Coaching - Financing - Consulting Services

Société de développement économique Ilnu (SDEI)

  • 1516 Ouiatchouan Street
  • Mashteuiatsh, Québec
  • G0W 2H0

Services offered:  Coaching - Start-up - Growth - Financing - Business plan - Consulting services

Société de développement économique de Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (SDEUM)

  • 271 des Montagnais Boulevard
  • Uashat, Québec
  • G4R 5R1

Services offered:  Coaching

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