Grants & Funding

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development Program (ABED)

Many Aboriginal entrepreneurs and communities can qualify for business development support. Depending on the nature of your project, you may be able to obtain funding to assist with a wide range of activities, including:

  • Business planning
  • Establishment (capital) costs
  • Business acquisitions
  • Business expansions
  • Marketing initiatives that are local, domestic, or export oriented
  • New product or process development
  • Adding technology to improve operations and competitiveness
  • Operating costs in association with capital costs
  • Financial services, business support, business-related training, and mentoring services

The Community Opportunities Readiness funding is available to support First Nations through the developmental phase, as well as with operational land management activities:

  • developmental funding assists with the community’s approval process,
  • development of the land code, and
  • negotiation of the individual agreement.

Operational funding is determined through a formula, which is set out in the individual agreement.

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Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Alberta Region Phone: 780-452-7951 Email: