Financial Resources Table

 

Atlantic:

Program Organization Description and Link Who Can Apply
Aboriginal Community Development Fund Government of Nova Scotia — Office of Aboriginal Affairs Supports community-led initiatives with economic outcomes and benefits for Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq and other Aboriginal people through a variety of business, cultural, social, ecological and economic development activities.

First Nations
Innovative Communities Fund Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Provides non-repayable funds and the appropriate tools to support communities in the Atlantic region in achieving sustainable economic growth.

First Nations Municipalities
JEDI Aboriginal Development Fund Joint Economic Development Initiative Provides financial support for community economic development initiatives and business/entrepreneurship development initiatives in New Brunswick. First Nations

 

British Colummbia:

Program Organization Description Who Can Apply
Direct Support New Relationship Trust

Direct Support funding helps First Nation communities build capacity in the areas that they need it most.

First Nations
Community to Community Forum Union of British Columbia Municipalities/First Nations Summit The funding is available for First Nations and municipalities to hold forum events intended to provide a time and place for dialogue to build on opportunities, resolve issues of common responsibility or interest, or to advance tangible outcomes.

First Nations

Municipalities
First Citizens Fund Government of British Columbia To support cultural, educational and economic development in Aboriginal communities in British Columbia.

First Nations
Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society The fund is intended to support communities in North West British Columbia to create sustainable economic and stability projects in the region that is affected by the Kemano project and the creation of the Nechako Reservoir.

First Nations

Municipalities
Economic Development Capacity Building Northern Development Initiative Trust To enhance the economic development capacity of local governments. A portion of the fund must be spent in collaboration with a First Nation band, neighbouring local government or a tourism/industry association.

Municipality
Economic Diversification Infrastructure Northern Development Initiative Trust This program provides funding to support to development of infrastructure that has a direct impact on the diversification of the economy.

First Nations

Municipalities
Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust To support long term strategic investments that will benefit the development of the Southern Interior of British Columbia.

First Nations

Municipalities
Economic Development Readiness Program Island Coastal Economic Trust Intended to support economic readiness and collaboration in the region and encourage collaboration between communinities in the creation of regional economic strategies and other regional economic development tools.

First Nations

Municipalities
BC Rural Dividend Government of British Columbia Funding is offered to rural communities, with a population under 25,000 in British Columbia to provide opportunities to diversify their economies and to enhance social, cultural and economic acitivies. First Nations

Municipalities

 

Ontario:

Program Organization Description and Link Who Can Apply
Aboriginal Economic Development Fund Government of Ontario The fund helps promote economic development and improve socio-economic outcomes for Aboriginal people through grants and financing for Aboriginal businesses, communities and organizations. Contains 3 different streams.

First Nations
New Relationship Fund Government of Ontario

Two types of funding are available:

  • Core consultation capacity funding: helps First Nations and Métis communities consult and engage with governments and the private sector on land and resource matters.
  • Enhanced capacity building funding: supports projects that build the capacity of First Nations, Métis communities and Aboriginal organizations to work with government and participate in economic development activities.
First Nations
Northern Community Capacity Building Program — Community Capacity Building Initiatives Government of Ontario — Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation The Community Capacity-Building Program helps northern communities develop the capacity to promote, attract, and support economic growth in the existing and emerging priority economic sectors.

First Nations

Municipalities
Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP)Community Economic Development Government of Canada — FedNor Assistance available from FedNor includes repayable and non-repayable contributions in activity fields related to community economic development, including those that leverage key economic sectors, such as: mining and forest industries, tourism, agri-food, information and communications technology, renewable energy and manufacturing.

 

Alberta:

Program

Organization

Description

Who Can Apply

Aboriginal Business Investment Fund

Government of Alberta — Ministry of Indigenous Relations

Provides funding to capitalize community-owned business development opportunities. The grants offer direct investment into eligible Indigenous community-owned businesses for capital projects.

First Nations

Aboriginal Economic Partnership Program

Government of Alberta — Ministry of Indigenous Relations

This program grants funding to support Indigenous communities, businesses and organizations to promote and foster economic development. Funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including hosting economic development workshops, developing feasibility studies and business plans.

First Nations

First Nation Development Fund Grant Program

Government of Alberta Indigenous Relations

The FNDF gives funding for social, economic and community development projects.

First Nations

Indigenous Climate Leadership  Government of Alberta 

The objectives of the Climate Leadership Plan are to:

  • bend the curve of Alberta's emissions and allow us to stabilize and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • position Alberta as one of the world's most progressive and environmentally responsible energy producers
  • reinvest revenue generated under the plan back into the economy to create jobs and to promote economic diversification - green jobs, green energy, green infrastructure
  • provide supports such as rebates for those affected by the transition to a low-carbon economy
First Nations
Community Regional Economic Support Program

Government of Alberta

This program is a matching Alberta Economic Development and Trade grant program that can be used to support foundational pieces related to regional economic development (such as a joint feasibility study, or business plan). 

Open to both First Nations and municipalities, or a partnership

 

Saskatchewan:

Program

Organization

Description and Link

Who Can Apply

SIEF Contribution Program

Saskatchewan Indian Equity Fund

A needs-based program with a mandate to create jobs and to increase the economic well-being of First Nations people. The program is designed to support: business start-ups, business acquisitions or expansions to existing businesses.

First Nations

 

Manitoba:
Program

Organization

Description and Link

Who Can Apply

First People's Economic Growth Fund

First People's Fund

A funding program that considers non-repayable contributions to First Nation clients for eligible capital and operating costs to start, expand or acquire a viable business.

 

Quebec:

Program Organization Description and Link Who Can Apply
Aboriginal Initiatives Fund III Gouvernement du Québec — Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones The goal of this funding program is to encourage and support Aboriginal social, economic and community development. There are 3 relevant programs offered under this funding: Economic development, loan guarantees and community infrastructures.

First Nations
Aboriginal Projects Gouvernement du Québec — Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones This program seeks to compliment other funding that Aboriginal communities receive to carry out specific, one-time initiatives that help to establish harmonious relationships between First Nation communities, the province, and/or the public. Projects that focus on fostering the social, community and cultural development of Québec's Aboriginal peoples are encouraged. First Nations

 

Territories:

Program Organization Description and Link Who Can Apply
Community Economic Development (SEED) Government of Northwest Territories — Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment Encourages economic initiatives in communities for planning, development of infrastructure, development of business information and community events that promote economic development.

First Nations

Municipalities
Community Capacity Building Program Government of Nunavut — Department of Economic Development and Transportation Promotes economic development within the hamlets of the territory. First Nations

Municipalities
Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program Government of Nunavut — Department of Economic Development and Transportation Provides funds to enhance infrastructure available for tourism and arts tourism related sectors for the overall economic development of the territory.

First Nations

Municipalities
Strategic Investments Program Government of Nunavut — Department of Economic Development and Transportation Covers the costs of strategic, sustainable business expansion efforts that invest in Nunavut's economic foundation. First Nations

Municipalities
Community Development Fund Government of Yukon Provides funding to projects that will contribute long term benefits for the Yukon economy. First Nations

Municipalities
Regional Economic Development Fund Government of Yukon Promotes organizational capacity development and facilitate regional economic development. First Nations

Municipalities
Community Readiness and Opportunity Program (CROP) Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (All Territories) Improves the economic development capacity of Aboriginal communities in the three territories.

 
First Nations
Entrepreneurship and Business Development program (EBD) Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (All territories) Provides financial support to entrepreneurs to expand their business in the three territories. First Nations
Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (All territories) Strengthens the driving sectors of the economy in the territories, economic diversification, and encourage the participation of Northerners in the economy.



Federal/National:

 

Program Organization Description and Link Who Can Apply
Lands and Economic Development Services Program (LEDSP) — Targeted Stream Government of Canada — INAC Allows First Nation and Inuit communities to enhance their capacity to, carry out community economic development planning and capacity development initiatives, develop proposals and lever financial resources and pursue economic opportunities.

First Nations
Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP) Government of Canada — INAC The long-term objective of CORP is for First Nation and Inuit communities to implement economic and business development opportunities, while leveraging private sector funding and opportunities.

First Nations
Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) Government of Canada — INAC Aboriginal-owned and controlled financial institutions not regulated as financial institutions by provincial or federal regulatory agencies that provide developmental lending and business support to Aboriginal businesses.

First Nations
Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB) Government of Canada — INAC Helps eligible Aboriginal businesses enhance their business capacity by: competing for federal government contracts; establishing partnerships and marketing products (goods, services, construction); demonstrating their capabilities; and entering into supply chains.

First Nations
First Nation Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA) Government of Canada — INAC Provides a mechanism by which a First Nation can request that the Government of Canada develop regulations for a specific commercial or industrial development on reserve. First Nations
Invest Canada - Community Initiatives Government of Canada - Canadian Trade Commissioner Service The Invest Canada - Community Initiatives (ICCI) program provides financial support to communities for their foreign direct investment (FDI) initiatives and activities.

Canadian communities and non-profit, locally-based organizations
Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship - CAPE CAPE CAPE Fund intends to invest in diverse industries and regions, always with a view to fulfilling its mission of promoting entrepreneurial values among Aboriginal people through the funding and development of successful businesses located on or off reserve, where such projects can serve as fundamental examples of the benefits of entrepreneurial activities.

Mid-market opportunities with a strong degree of Aboriginal involvement and connection to Aboriginal communities throughout Canada
Smart Cities Challenge Infrastructure Canada The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) across Canada.

This Challenge will inspire communities across the country to define their future with the help of their residents through the use of a smart cities approach. Winning communities will be awarded with prize money to help implement their smart cities proposals. Applicants have until April 24, 2018 to complete and submit their applications on the Impact Canada Challenge Platform.
Municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) across Canada.


Indigenous communities may also be eligible for funding from FCM through the Municipal Asset Management FundMunicipalities for Climate Innovation, and the Green Municipal Fund. For more information contact an FCM advisor.


For More Information:

Marissa Lawrence
Senior Program Officer, Cando
T: (778) 628 2180

Tanya Tourangeau
CEDI Program Coordinator, Cando
T: (780) 990–0303


Helen Patterson
CEDI Program Manager
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6320

Joshua Regnier
CEDI Project Officer
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6355