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Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Business Opportunities


Eligible activities will be reimbursed for 100% of costs, to a maximum of $500,000.


The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program (AEP) seeks to increase the number of viable businesses in Canada owned and controlled by Indigenous people. The AEP funds a broad range of entrepreneurial pursuits and aims to build capacity, reduce barriers and increase access to capital, by forging partnerships that will increase economic opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

The Access to Business Opportunities Program is one of 2 streams under the AEP. The other stream is the Access to Capital stream. They provide funding to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship, to improve access to business opportunities and enhance the capacity of Indigenous business development organizations.

Eligible Applicants

  • First Nation and Inuit communities and 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

Eligible Expenses

Eligible activities will be reimbursed for 100% of costs, to a maximum of $500,000 include:

  • institutional development, including training and development and business supports to business development organizations
  • business advisory services and training
  • commercial ventures including business innovation and growth
  • market development
  • business development and advocacy activities

Deadline Date

  No deadline.


Contact Name: Business Development Directorate

Phone Number: 1-800-400-7677

E-mail Address:


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