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Supporting Indigenous prosperity and well-being through sound policy development and program design.

Public Policy

CCAB Public Policy uses the best data and research available to support Indigenous prosperity and well-being by ensuring that the needs and interests of Indigenous businesses inform policy and programs at all levels of government. The main objectives of the department focus on improving access to procurement, access to markets and access to funding for Indigenous businesses.

For more information, contact:

Matthew Foss,
VP, Research & Public Policy



Procurement is the process of obtaining goods and services. CCAB Public Policy uses research and policy work to identify the barriers and opportunities of increasing procurement from Indigenous businesses. This includes procurement from all levels of government, corporate companies, and Indigenous entities.


Access to funding refers to the process of acquiring financial services. CCAB Public Policy uses research and policy work to identify the barriers and opportunities to increase access to funding for Indigenous businesses. This includes funding in the forms of finances, capital, and equity.


Market access refers to the ability to sell goods and services across borders. CCAB Public Policy uses research and policy work to identify the barriers and opportunities of increasing market access for Indigenous businesses. Market access includes domestic markets, foreign markets, and digital markets.


CCAB’s Public Policy department supports the values expressed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). UNDRIP is an international instrument adopted by the United Nations in 2007, to enshrine the rights that constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.


Indigenous export event sponsorship opportunities In 2021, CCAB is involved with several national and international export/trade sessions, webinars, and programs, reaching audiences and participants from across the globe. Our focus is to support Indigenous economic recovery by increasing business through growing export opportunities – helping Indigenous businesses get more business!

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to get involved, please contact:

Matthew Foss | VP, Research & Public Policy | mfoss@ccab.com

Paul-Emile McNab | VP, Business Development & Member Experience| pmcnab@ccab.com

2021 List of Achievements

1. Indigenous Business Export Dialogue:

  • 4 Indigenous businesses from Canada, 3 Indigenous businesses from USA with respective trade commissioners: January 14, 2021

2. Indigenous Export Pilot Initiative with World Trade Center Vancouver:

  • Delivered Nine Virtual Training Modules and Nine Export Mentoring Sessions February: April 2021

3. Partnerships in Procurement:  Supporting Indigenous businesses growth through improving Federal Secondary Procurement from Corporate Canada:

  • Final report submitted to Indigenous Services Canada: March 31, 2021
  • Posted on CCAB website: June 2021

4. Pan-Western Research on Indigenous Economic Activity Project:

  • Phase 1 Final Report submitted to Western Economic Diversification Canada: March 31, 2021

5. Procurement Policy strategy and analysis project with the Indigenous Procurement Working Group delivered: June 30, 2021

6. Indigenous Export Mission- Australia:

  • Training Session: June 23, 2021
  • Indigenous to Indigenous Business Meetings: August 23, 2021
  • Business Meetings: Summer 2021 (date coming soon)

7. Supporting Indigenous Export Success in Atlantic Canada:

  • Training Session: August 18, 2021
  • Indigenous Business Export Mission: October 2021
  • Final Report Delivery to Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA): November 30, 2021

8. Amended Ontario Small Business Support Grant to broaden criteria to permit applications from Indigenous businesses without a CRA Business number:

  • Result: at least 94 more Indigenous businesses received the grant, resulting in up to an additional $4M granted to Indigenous businesses

9. “Week on the Hill” and Parliamentary Committees appearances

2020 List of Achievements

1. Delivered CCAB’s Day on the Hill: February 25, 2020

2. Delivered interventions at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development:

  • Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct: June 15 – 17, 2020
  • Business Grievance Mechanisms: December 14, 2020

3. Contributed an Indigenous business perspective to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Think Growth policy initiative: August – December 2020

4. Facilitated a dynamic working group of corporate, Indigenous and federal partners to improve corporate procurement from Indigenous businesses in federal contracts: September –December 2020

5. Facilitated a federal, corporate and Indigenous dialogue to increase support for Indigenous exporters: September 16, 2020

6. Delivered a comprehensive response to the Federal Speech from the Throne: September 23, 2020

7. Supported Indigenous inclusion in the Government of Canada 50/30 Challenge: October – December 2020

8. Supported Indigenous inclusion in the first women only business mission to the Republic of Korean: November 3-4, 2020

9. Supported CCAB appearances before Federal Parliamentary Committee to include policy making:

  • Standing Senate Committee on National Finance: November 12, 2020
  • House of Commons Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs: November 17, 2020
  • House of Commons Committee on International Trade: December 11, 2020

10. Contributed to a Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans Indigenous procurement policy dialogue: December 3, 2020

11. Led the Canada – Australia Indigenous Export Dialogue: December 3, 2020

12. Launched an Indigenous Export Advisory Committee: December 2020

Policy publications

Increasing federal procurement from Indigenous businesses is a top priority for CCAB. This report looks at how the Government of Canada can increase its secondary procurement from Indigenous businesses throughout its supply chains.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) presents this public policy to identify a series of actions that would support the successful implementation of the Government of Canada’s 5% Indigenous Procurement Target.

Increasing Indigenous procurement has been repeatedly shown, through the research papers attached amongst other literature, to be a mechanism to improve the prosperity and well-being of Indigenous peoples.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) presents this public policy paper to identify a series of actions that would support the successful implementation of the 5% Indigenous Procurement Requirement of every Federal organization.