DonateJoin CCABMembers Area

Indigenous Business Support Fund

Please be advised that we are no longer accepting applications for the Indigenous Business Support Fund.

Presented in collaboration with

For information on the Indigenous Business Grant Program, contact:

Philip Ducharme
Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

416.961.8663 Ext. 230

CCAB is thrilled to launch the Indigenous Business Support Fund in collaboration with Facebook Canada.  Our research shows that two thirds of Indigenous businesses do not use a traditional financial institution, increasing the burden to access capital. However we wanted to be sure that the fund provided more than financial support.

This year, we have seen businesses rapidly pivot to keep up with our increasingly digital economy. That’s why, along with cash grants, we are also offering training to help business owners learn how they can build their brand online and covering membership fees to ensure the program can support these businesses throughout 2021

Grant Overview

Successful applicants will receive:

The application process will close on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 4:00pm EST.

Funding Criteria

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

The for-profit business must be registered in Ontario.

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

Supporting Documents Required

In order to proceed with your application, we advise you to review the documentation that will be required to be uploaded to successfully complete the application. 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 fund, 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 (only business that were in operation prior to March 2020 are eligible to apply)
  • 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
  • Metis 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

Impacts of Covid-19 to Indigenous businesses in Canada.

61% of women-owned businesses report a “very negative” impact compared to 53% of men-owned businesses.

38% of Inuit-owned businesses experienced a revenue drop of 50% or more, compared to 27% of Métis and 31% of First Nations-owned businesses.