Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant 2023

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For more information on the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant, contact: grants@ccab.com

Applications are now closed. Thank you for applying.


CCAB is pleased to continue the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant for a third year in a row.

Hydro One Networks Inc. is committed to supporting Indigenous-owned businesses in Ontario. This program will help to further empower Indigenous businesses by awarding 10 recipients with grants and CCAB membership.


“CCAB takes pride in our partnerships that support Indigenous businesses, and we are once again pleased to partner with Hydro One and their grant program in support of Ontario-based Indigenous businesses. As Hydro One continues their journey toward reconciliation, they are demonstrating leadership in Indigenous relations and a commitment to prosperity in Indigenous communities.”

Tabatha Bull, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business


The grant is administered through CCAB’s Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business (TFAB) program to enhance Indigenous entrepreneurship through providing access to development and networks. This program supports Hydro One’s commitment to economic reconciliation through our recent commitment to achieving a target of 5% of our overall annual spend with Indigenous businesses by 2026. Learn more.

Grant Overview

Indigenous-owned businesses headquartered in Ontario are invited to apply.

Learn about the benefits of CCAB membership here.

The application process will open on Monday September 25, 2023 and close on Monday, October 23, 2023 at 4:00PM EST.

All completed applicants will have their applications reviewed by a jury and 10 recipients will be selected.

Funding Criteria

The business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) person/persons.

The for-profit business must be registered in Ontario.

Recipients who received the Hydro One Entrepreneurship Grant 2022 and 2021 are not eligible to receive the 2023 grant.

For individuals with more than one business, applications will only be accepted for one business.

Supporting Documents Required

To proceed with your application, please review the required documentation. In fields where documents are required, you will not be able to proceed without uploading the relevant documents.

If you are currently an existing Certified Aboriginal Business (CAB) in good standing, in sections where documents need to be uploaded instead of the supporting documents please upload a copy of your CAB certificate.

To help you apply for the grant, below is a check list of all the documents and information you will need to complete the application. Please do not start an application unless you have all the information noted below readily available:

  • Name of the Indigenous owner who has 51% or more ownership (proof of Indigenous ancestry required)
  • Legal name of business and date established
  • Legal structure of the business (proof of ownership documents will be required)
  • Number of employees (includes full and part-time employees)
  • Business description

Proof of Acceptable documents include the following:

  • Indian status card
  • Métis National Council Governing Membership
  • Inuit Beneficiary card

Or, valid identification provided by the following:

  • Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) affiliate membership
  • Northwest Territories Land Claim Settlement Beneficiaries
  • Alberta Métis Settlement Members
  • Northwest Territory Métis Nation Membership
  • Membership in a historic Métis community recognized as independent and rights-bearing by a provincial or Canadian federal government

Proof of ownership and control documents demonstrating a minimum 51% Aboriginal ownership; acceptable documents pertaining to your business structure include:

Sole Proprietorship

  • Master Business License or provincial/territorial equivalent


  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Shareholders Agreement
  • Shareholders Registry
  • Corporate Tax Return – Schedule 50 if available


  • Partnership Agreement