Aboriginal Participation Fund

The Aboriginal Participation Fund was developed to help support Indigenous communities and organizations participate in 1) regulatory processes under the Mining Act and 2) economic development activities associated with mineral exploration and development.

Organization Government of Ontario – Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Who Can Apply? First Nations 

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

It provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in Ontario.

Organization Government of Ontario – Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Who Can Apply? Municipalities, Businesses 

People & Talent Program

The People & Talent Program is designed to attract, retain, and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce. It includes two streams: 1) Indigenous Workforce Development and 2) non-Indigenous Workforce Development.

Organization Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Who Can Apply? First Nations, Municipalities, Businesses 

INVEST North Program

The Invest North Program is designed to boost economic growth in Northern Ontario by encouraging businesses to invest in transformative, strategic, and complementary business development opportunities in Northern communities. The program will support productivity, innovation, business competitiveness, revenue growth, export capacity development, job creation and retention. It includes several streams for different needs.

Organization Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation 

Who Can Apply? First Nations, Municipalities 

Community Enhancement Program

The Community Enhancement Program is designed to help build strong and resilient Northern communities through infrastructure investments, to upgrade / repair existing assets to improve community quality of life, economic development infrastructure and strategic economic development initiatives.

Organization Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation 

Who Can Apply? First Nations, Municipalities 

Aboriginal Business Financing Program

Aboriginal Impact Capital (AIC) is a joint effort of four participating Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) serving southern Ontario. AIC’s role is to help Indigenous entrepreneurs and organizations find sources of financing for their business projects. AIC also delivers the Aboriginal Business Financing Program (ABFP), that supplements the loans offered by the four participating AFIs.

Organization Aboriginal Impact Capital

Who Can Apply? First Nations 

Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario (CIINO)

This fund will enable recipient communities and First Nations to increase the number of community and/or regional economic development initiatives implemented leading to increased business investment; job creation; and increased regional collaboration and partnerships among communities.

Organization FedNor – Northern Ontario Development Program 

Who Can Apply? First Nations, Municipalities 

Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) Program

The program offsets upfront project costs and helps southern Ontario businesses grow more quickly. It provides no-interest repayable contributions (government loans) with repayment beginning within a year of project completion. This supports businesses as they adopt new, innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity, and the development of and entry into new markets to become globally competitive.

Organization Government of Canada – FedDev Ontario

Who Can Apply? Businesses