Grant Name: Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Business Opportunities





There is no deadline to apply. Applications made after all annual funding has been distributed may be considered for the next financial year.


The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program (AEP) provides access to capital and access to business opportunities to Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners in Canada.

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.

Access to Business Opportunities is one of 2 streams under the AEP. The other stream is the Access to Capital which provides Indigenous businesses with access to non-repayable contributions for supporting eligible business proposals and leveraging additional funds.


  • 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

How to Apply?

Contact the business development directorate

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