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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:

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:

Get certified 

Contact one of the following organizations to learn more about certifying your business as Indigenous-owned.

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

Get expert advice

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