Indigenous Business Information

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This guide provides information on programs and services available for indigenous business.

Indigenous Loans, Guarantees and Grants

Aboriginal Arts - Grant Programs

The Aboriginal Arts Office is committed to ensuring the Canada Council's services and programs meet the needs of Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts communities. There are a broad range of grants and services offered to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations.

Contact

Aboriginal Arts - Grant Programs
Canada Council for the Arts
Toll free: 1-800-263-5588
Website: www.canadacouncil.ca/aboriginal-arts-office

BDC Indigenous Banking

BDC Indigenous Banking offers customized, long-term and flexible solutions specially designed for Indigenous entrepreneurs. BDC is also involved in activities and initiatives that may be useful for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Contact

Indigenous Banking
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Toll free: 1-877-232-2269
Website: www.bdc.ca

Business Contribution Fund

The Business Contribution Fund (BCF) provides non-repayable contributions to eligible Indigenous businesses in Manitoba which may be used towards the start-up, expansion or acquisition of a viable business.

Contact

First Nations Applicants:
See First Peoples Economic Growth Fund Inc.

Métis, Non-Status Indian Ancestry, Inuit Applicants:
See Louis Riel Capital Corporation

Communities Economic Development Fund

The Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) is designed to provide Indigenous people with financial assistance to start or expand small to medium-sized businesses in northern Manitoba or below the 21st township boundary in conjunction with federal assistance. CEDF is a provincial Crown Corporation.

Contact

Communities Economic Development Fund
15 Moak Crescent
Thompson, Manitoba R8N 2B8
Phone: 204-778-4138
Toll free: 1-800-561-4315
Fax: 204-778-4315
Website: www.cedf.mb.ca

Community Futures Program

There are 16 Community Futures organizations (CFs) established throughout rural and northern Manitoba. The goal of each CF is to assist the communities in their region to develop their economic potential by providing business loans up to $150,000 and assisting with business and community development. 

Contact

Community Futures Program
Toll free:1-888-303-2232
Phone: 204-943-2905
Website: www.cfmanitoba.ca

First Peoples Economic Growth Fund Inc.

First Peoples Economic Growth Fund Inc. (FPEGF) offers a variety of financial programs and support to new and existing Manitoba First Nations entrepreneurs and First Nations based enterprises. Also see Business Contribution Fund

Contact

First Peoples Economic Growth Fund Inc.
102 – 1075 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0R8
Phone: 204-942-6026
Toll free 1-888-942-6026
Fax: 204-942-6441
Email: info@firstpeoplesfund.ca
Website: www.firstpeoplesfund.ca

Louis Riel Capital Corporation

Louis Riel Capital Corporation (LRCC) finances the start-up, acquisition and/or expansion of viable Metis and Non-Status Indian controlled small businesses based in Manitoba. Also see Business Contribution Fund.

Contact

Louis Riel Capital Corporation
340 – 150 Henry Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0J7
Phone: 204-589-0772
Toll free: 1-800-387-6004
Fax: 204-589-0791
Email: info@lrcc.mb.ca
Website: www.lrcc.mb.ca

Metis Economic Development Fund

Metis Economic Development Fund (MEDF) stimulates the economic development activities of the Métis people of Manitoba by providing equity and capital for Métis-controlled businesses. The fund will provide up to $500,000 in equity and capital support to Manitoba Metis owned and controlled incorporated enterprises.

Contact

Metis Economic Development Fund
340 – 150 Henry Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0J7
Phone: 204-589-0772
Toll free: 1-800-387-6004
Fax: 204-589-0791
Email: info@medf.ca
Website: www.medf.ca

Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation

Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation (TWCC) provides loans for the establishment, expansion or diversification of self-sustaining Indigenous businesses in Manitoba.

Contact

Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Capital Corporation
419 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1R3 
Phone: 204-943-0888
Toll free 1-800-568-8488
Website: www.twcc.ca

Business Services

Indigenous Business Development Services

The Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) Program is comprised of organizations who offer services to Indigenous entrepreneurs, including business information and resource materials, assistance with business plan preparation, business advisory services, training in the form of workshops and seminars, and financing for businesses.

Contact

Indigenous Business Development Services
Community Futures Manitoba
Phone: 204-944-8438
Email: dsmith@cfmanitoba.ca
Website: https://cfmanitoba.ca/special-programs/indigenous-business-development-services

Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce

The Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of the business community which lends itself to improving business and building a better community. It works to increase wealth and prosperity by facilitating the growth of existing businesses and fostering new ones.

Contact

Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 204-237-9359
Website: www.aboriginalchamber.ca             

Aboriginal Youth Mean Business!

This program supports Indigenous youth in Manitoba who have started or plan to start their own business by sponsoring information exchanges, providing youth mentorship opportunities and supporting Indigenous youth business awards and recognition events.

Contact

Aboriginal Youth Mean Business! (AYMB)
Phone: 204-945-6282
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069
Email: stephanie.choy@gov.mb.ca
Website: www.aymb.ca/index.php

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) programs and services support Indigenous business entrepreneurs through the stages of education (financial support for high school and post secondary students); business development (mentorship with seasoned professionals); and leadership (recognition of lifetime achievers).

Contact

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Phone: 416-961-8663
Email: info@ccab.com   
Website: www.ccab.com

CESO

CESO is a national non-profit that provides services in the areas of strategic planning, business development, accounting and finance, organizational development, community development, governance, and production and operations.

Contact

CESO
Toll Free: 1-800-268-9052
Email: info@ceso-saco.com
Website: www.ceso-saco.com 

First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) supports initiatives to provide First Nations and Inuit youth with work experience, information about career options and opportunities to develop skills to help gain employment and develop careers.

Contact

First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
Toll Free: 1-800-567-9604
Website: www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033607/1100100033608

Taxation

Tax Information for Aboriginal Peoples

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) provides information to Indigenous entrepreneurs regarding the tax benefits and requirements that apply to them. Indigenous people are subject to the same tax rules as other Canadian residents unless their income is eligible for the tax exemption under section 87 of the Indian Act.

Contact

Tax Information for Aboriginal Peoples
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Toll free: 1-800-959-5525
Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/aboriginalpeoples

Indigenous Procurement

Aboriginal Procurement Initiative

The objective of the Aboriginal Procurement Initiative is to increase the participation of Indigenous peoples and suppliers in providing goods and services to the Manitoba Government. To that end, Manitoba Procurement Services Branch has introduced an Aboriginal Procurement Initiative (API) to increase the participation of Indigenous businesses in providing goods and services to government.

Contact

Aboriginal Procurement Initiative
Phone: 204- 945-6361
Email: procserv@gov.mb.ca
Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/psb/api/ab_proc.html

Aboriginal Procurement Strategy (CAPS)

Aboriginal Procurement Strategy (CAPS) is aimed at promoting Indigenous business development through the procurement process at Global Affairs Canada. Indigenous suppliers wishing to be included in the CIDA bidding process must first make sure to register in the Aboriginal Business Directory maintained by the Industry Canada. www.ic.gc.ca/app/ccc/sld/cmpny.do?tag=248&profileId=381&lang=eng

Contact

Aboriginal Procurement Strategy (CAPS)
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Phone: 1-800-230-6349
Website: http://www.international.gc.ca/development-developpement/partners-partenaires/bt-oa/aboriginal-autochtone.aspx?lang=eng

Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business

This program helps Indigenous firms become more involved in bidding on government contracting opportunities.

Indigenous businesses should register their firms with the online Supplier Registration Information Service or contact the information line at 1-800-811-1148.
https://buyandsell.gc.ca/for-businesses/selling-to-the-government-of-canada/register-as-a-supplier

Contact

Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB)
Indigenous and North Affairs Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-400-7677
Email: saea-psab@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Website: www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100032802/1100100032803

Indigenous Business Directories

Aboriginal Business Directory (Government of Canada)

In order to increase procurement opportunities for businesses, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in collaboration with Industry Canada, maintains an on-line Indigenous business directory that streamlines and simplifies the PSAB registration process.

Contact

Indigenous and North Affairs Canada
Website: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033057/1100100033058

Aboriginal Business Directory (Province of Manitoba)

Procurement Services Branch maintains an Aboriginal Business Directory to serve as a resource guide for all government buyers. The Directory is a listing of businesses that have formally registered under the Aboriginal Procurement Initiative.

Contact

Procurement Services Branch
Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/psb/api/api_bd.html

Metis Business Directory (Louis Riel Capital Corporation)

In part of a shared goal to strengthen the economic power of the Metis Nation, the Louis Riel Capital Corporation (LRCC) and the Metis Economic Development Fund (MEDF) have partnered to create a local Metis Business Directory.

Contact

Louis Riel Capital Corporation
Website: http://www.lrcc.mb.ca/business_directory_add.php