Frequently Asked Questions - Aboriginal Lands and Economic Development

Community Opportunity Readiness

Q.1 What is the purpose of the community opportunity readiness program?

The Program addresses the financial needs of Aboriginal communities when they are in pursuit of, and wish to participate in, an economic opportunity.

Q.2 What programs have been consolidated under this program?

The Program is a consolidation of former economic development programs: the Community Economic Opportunity Program, the Major Projects Investment Fund, and the Community-based projects contributions above $250,000 of the Aboriginal Business Development Program.

Q.3 Is the Community Opportunity Readiness Program active now?

The Community Opportunity Readiness Program went into effect April 1, 2014.

Q.4 Is there a maximum level of funding?

Funding by AANDC will not exceed $3 million for community economic infrastructure projects for planning (soft costs) and business advisory services, including market/product development projects; the maximum allowable contribution will be $250,000. The Department’s funding for costs relating to an establishment, acquisition or expansion of a community-owned business will not exceed $1,000,000.

Q.5 How can I apply?

The application form is available on the AANDC website. Note that your application must be complete and in a level of detail appropriate to the level of funding being sought.

Applicants may also choose to submit a brief Statement of Intent prior to submitting a full application so the Department may determine whether the project meets program criteria and advise on the development of the full application.

Q.6 Where do I apply?

Contact your AANDC regional office.

Q.7 What type of information is needed to apply for funding?

Required project information may include:

  • Full name, address, phone number, and description of the applicant.
  • Information on the applicant's financial situation.
  • A description of the applicant's management and organizational capacity.
  • A detailed description of the proposed project and activities to be undertaken, including:
    • Project description
    • Project objectives
    • Project timelines
    • Project scope
    • Project deliverables
  • Relevant documentation related to any partnership agreements or commitments.
  • A cost forecast of the project, including:
    • Details of financing from all sources
    • Uses of funds
    • Identification and justification of costs
    • Identification of other sources of funding, including applicant equity, commercial financing, and other sources of government funding
  • Project organizational structure
  • Anticipated economic benefits of the project, such as:
    • Expected outcomes
    • Proposed performance measures to be used at the end of the project to assess community economic benefits
    • Where appropriate:
      • Compliance with laws and regulations
      • Environmental effects and proposed mitigation measures
      • Land tenure requirements
      • Operating, maintenance and repair plan
Q.8 If we qualify to receive funding, what will be expected of us?

You will be required to submit data, schedules, plans, and reports in sufficient detail to enable AANDC to:

  1. assess the project’s progress;
  2. carry out post-completion monitoring as outline in the funding arrangement;
  3. evaluate the contribution’s effectiveness; and 4) assess the long-term viability of a business opportunity.

A monitoring plan must also be developed for each project to provide periodic information on the initiative’s progress against the milestones proposed in the application. This plan will also be used to identify unanticipated risks or impediments to achieving intended results. The level of monitoring will correspond to the level of risk associated with the project. Progress and financial reports will also be required at a minimum on an annual basis. Lastly, recipients must submit a final report at the conclusion of a project, in keeping with the terms of the funding arrangements.

Lands and Economic Development Services

Q.1 What is the purpose of the lands and economic development services program?

The program is designed to help Aboriginal communities effectively build and manage a solid land base for economic development activities, including capacity and expertise for such management.

Q.2 How will the program achieve its objectives?

The program has four main components:

  • It provides funding allocations to First Nation and Inuit communities (and the organizations they mandate) to deliver economic development services on their behalf, such as community economic development planning and capacity development initiatives or proposal developments.
  • It provides funding allocations to help First Nations communities assume greater control over reserve land, resources, and the environment on behalf of the Minister and under the Indian Act. This includes control over land use planning, environmental management, and compliance.
  • It provides funding allocations to signatories of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, and those who are on the schedule for the First Nations Land Management Act, to help them build capacity to effectively manage their land using modern tools. These include land codes, individual agreements, land management systems, and environmental agreements.
  • It also makes available targeted funding for lands, environmental and economic development support services to help communities achieve the objectives of the Program. This includes services that prevent the contamination of reserve lands and other lands under AANDC's custodial responsibility.
Q.3 Is the community economic development program still running?

The Lands and Economic Development Services Program is a consolidation of the former Community Economic Development Program, Reserve Land and Environment Management Program, First Nations Land Management, Community Support Services Program, Land and Environment Action Fund, and Commercial Leasing.

Q.4 What funding is available?

There are two types of funds available through this program: core allocations; and targeted funding. Interested communities should note that eligibility and program requirements differ according to the funding type. Review the Lands and Economic Development Services main page for eligibility information.

Q.5 Is there a maximum level of funding?

Funding for economic development core activities will be calculated using a funding formula that considers information such as First Nation and Inuit community population. Funding for lands and environment core activities will be calculated using a funding formula that considers other information such as land mass, population, and level of capacity. More detailed information about available funding is in the funding section of this website.

Q.6 How can I apply?

The Department will communicate the application requirements directly with applicants. Required information may include (but may not be limited to):

  • Full name, address, phone number, and description of the applicant.
  • Information on the applicant's financial situation.
  • A description of the applicant's management and organization capacity.
  • A detailed description of the proposed project and activities to be undertaken.
  • Relevant documentation related to any partnership arrangements and commitments.
  • Timelines for the project.
  • A cost forecast of the project and details of financing, including all sources of funding for the project.
  • Anticipated economic benefits of the project, including expected outcomes and proposed performance measures.
  • Any other information considered necessary by the Department.
Q.7 Where do I apply?

Contact your AANDC regional office.

Q.8 If we qualify to receive funding, what will be expected of us?

You will be required to submit data, schedules, plans, and reports in sufficient detail to enable AANDC to:

  1. assess the project’s progress;
  2. carry out post-completion monitoring as outlined in the funding arrangement;
  3. evaluate the contribution’s effectiveness.

A monitoring plan must also be developed for each project to provide periodic information on the initiative’s progress against the milestones proposed in the application. This plan will also be used to identify unanticipated risks or impediments to achieving intended results. The level of monitoring will correspond to the level of risk associated with the project. Progress and financial reports will also be required at a minimum on an annual basis. Lastly, recipients must submit a final report at the conclusion of a project, in keeping with the terms of the funding arrangements.