Opportunities for Indigenous businesses
The Government of Canada’s inclusive approach to trade puts the focus on businesses like yours. Its goal is to increase the number of Indigenous businesses exporting to global markets.
The Indigenous Business team at Global Affairs Canada is here to help you make the most of those opportunities.
Supplier diversity leads to opportunity
To take advantage of the supplier diversity programs, you must certify your business as Indigenous-owned. These programs encourage major corporations and governments to buy from businesses owned, or led by, diverse suppliers such as:
- visible minorities
Supplier diversity initiatives provide you access to millions of dollars in corporate purchasing opportunities in Canada and abroad. They can also give you new ways to bring your unique skills and heritage to customers around the world.
Benefits of certification
If your business is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more Indigenous persons, you are eligible to certify it as Indigenous-owned.
Here are some of the many benefits of certification:
- Connect with buyers looking to do business with Indigenous-owned companies
- Qualify to register for supplier diversity procurement programs
- Take part in supplier diversity events hosted by large multinationals
- Network with Indigenous and non-Indigenous buyers and purchasing managers at supplier diversity conferences
- Access advocacy, mentorship and training through organizations that support certified Indigenous-owned businesses
Contact one of the following organizations to learn more about certifying your business as Indigenous-owned.
- Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) helps promote Indigenous-owned businesses. CAMSC can connect you with governments, multinational corporations and other businesses. Certification with CAMSC also offers access to training and networking. CAMSC is affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council in the U.S.
- Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) provides certification for Indigenous-owned businesses and can connect you with opportunities. CCAB also offers tools and financing, along with mentorship and procurement initiatives.
Other opportunities for your Indigenous business
Supply change program
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) developed its Aboriginal Procurement Strategy to bring new opportunities to Indigenous businesses across Canada.
Indigenous Business Directory
Register to increase your visibility and open new sales channels with the Government of Canada.
Diversity Business Directory
Find opportunities for your business by registering The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC).
Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada provides you with resources and training to help promotes authentic Indigenous experiences.
Help for Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses
The Indigenous Business team at Global Affairs Canada is working to help Canadian Indigenous-owned businesses pursue business opportunities with governments and large corporations.
Trade Commissioner Service
With trade commissioners in more than 160 cities in Canada and worldwide, we will get to know your business’ unique needs. We also offer market intelligence, practical advice and troubleshooting to help you succeed in global markets.
Join one of our trade delegations
Network with certified Indigenous-owned businesses and meet buyers at major supplier diversity events.
Connect with the Indigenous Business team
- Email the Indigenous Business team: TCS.IndigenousBusiness@international.gc.ca
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