Export funding for Indigenous businesses

Funding and financing can help you grow your Indigenous-owned business in international markets. Explore the range of opportunities available below.

Financing and support for Indigenous business growth

Innovation Canada

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

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development (ABED)

Government of Canada program to support Indigenous business growth.

Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs)

Independent financial institutions run by—and for—Indigenous peoples.

Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund

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

AgriMarketing Program

Funding for small and medium-sized businesses in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industries to develop export plans .


Financial support for Canadian small and medium enterprises to develop and access new export opportunities.

Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA)

Helps innovative Canadian tech companies explore foreign markets.

Going Global Innovation (GGI)

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

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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.

Indigenous voices

“We insured all our receivables with EDC so that we could extend credit. This gave us access to international clients who wouldn’t buy from us otherwise.”

Richard Martin, CEO, Dynamo Playgrounds

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. 

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