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Funding for Indigenous businesses

Funding access helps your Indigenous-owned or Indigenous-led business capitalize on opportunities, diversify markets and grow globally.

Federal funding

TCS funding for market expansion


Financial support to help your Canadian business develop and access exciting new export opportunities. Dedicated support is provided to businesses owned or led by underrepresented groups in trade (including women and Indigenous) when applying for funding.

As of 2022, CanExport funding may be used to cover annual supplier diversity certification costs for women-owned, Indigenous-owned, visible minority-owned and 2SLGBTQI+-owned companies when submitting a project within a market that recognizes certification (for example, the U.S.).

Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA)

Development program to help Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service to explore vast opportunities in foreign markets.

Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP)

Support for Canadian companies to pursue international research and development (R&D) collaborations with foreign partners.

Financial assistance for Indigenous businesses

Innovation Canada

Find programs offering grants and loans to First Nations, Inuit and Métis entrepreneurs, businesses and communities.

Indigenous business development

Programs that support Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners in Canada.

Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund

Funding for Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations to develop and grow their opportunities in Canada and internationally.

Going Global Innovation (GGI)

Help for Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service to explore opportunities in foreign markets.

Expand your search for opportunities

Opportunities for Indigenous business

Get certified as an Indigenous-owned business and gain access to purchasing programs for diverse suppliers.

Tax exemption for Indigenous business

Your revenue may be tax exempt under the Indian Act if your business operates on a reserve. Find out more about business income from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Funding and support programs

Take advantage of the programs offered by the Trade Commissioner Service.

Business grants and financing

Discover what the Government of Canada can do for your business through grants, loans, private and public sector financing.

Loans, financing and insurance

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Business loans to help Indigenous entrepreneurs start or grow a business, cover franchising fees, buy fixed assets, or begin exporting.

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Insurance solutions and financing to help your business grow in new markets, extend credit to customers and manage risk. 

Connect with the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

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