Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Business Opportunities

The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program (AEP) provides access to capital and access to business opportunities to Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners in Canada.

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About the program

The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program (AEP) seeks to increase the number of viable businesses in Canada owned and controlled by Indigenous people. The AEP funds a broad range of entrepreneurial pursuits and aims to build capacity, reduce barriers and increase access to capital, by forging partnerships that will increase economic opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

The Access to Business Opportunities Program is one of 2 streams under the AEP. The other stream is the Access to Capital stream. They provide funding to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship, to improve access to business opportunities and enhance the capacity of Indigenous business development organizations.

Access to business opportunities

The Access to Business Opportunities Program provides funding to Indigenous entrepreneurs and their partners to provide a range of services and supports that promote the growth of a strong Indigenous business sector in Canada. Support will vary depending upon the needs of the recipient, the availability and sources of funding, the eligibility of costs, the economic benefits, and the project viability.

Eligible activities will be reimbursed for 100% of costs, to a maximum of $500,000 include:

  • institutional development, including training and development and business supports to business development organizations
  • business advisory services and training
  • commercial ventures including business innovation and growth
  • market development
  • business development and advocacy activities

For more details, consult the Terms and Conditions.

Who can apply?


There is no deadline to apply. Applications made after all annual funding has been distributed may be considered for the next financial year.

How to apply?

Contact the Business Development Directorate:

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