Funding and support for Indigenous businesses and organizations

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Telephone: 1-877-553-5507


FedDev Ontario would like to acknowledge that our head office in Waterloo, Ontario, is located on the lands traditionally occupied by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral Peoples. Many Indigenous Peoples continue to call this land home and act as its stewards and this responsibility extends to all peoples to share and care for this land for generations to come.

We invite Indigenous businesses and organizations to contact our experienced and dedicated team at to discuss their objectives as they relate to economic development. We can offer guidance on navigating available programming and services.

We are here to help Indigenous-owned businesses, organizations and not-for-profits achieve their goals and support the increased participation of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Peoples in the southern Ontario economy.

Our funding supports economic development in southern Ontario through contributions for projects.


Where we provide funding

FedDev Ontario supports businesses and organizations in southern Ontario, from Cornwall in the east to Owen Sound in the west, and from Pembroke in the north to Windsor in the south. Its mandate covers 37 Statistics Canada census divisions.

The following 37 Statistics Canada census divisions are identified in the map:

Federal Economic Developement Agency for Southern Ontarion (FedDev Ontario)

Catchment Area and Census Divisions

  • Brant
  • Bruce
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Dufferin
  • Durham
  • Elgin
  • Essex
  • Frontenac
  • Grey
  • Haldimand–Norfolk
  • Haliburton
  • Halton
  • Hamilton
  • Hastings
  • Huron
  • Kawartha Lakes
  • Lambton
  • Lanark;
  • Leeds and Grenville
  • Lennox and Addington
  • Middlesex
  • Niagara
  • Northumberland
  • Ottawa
  • Oxford
  • Peel
  • Perth
  • Peterborough
  • Prescott and Russell
  • Prince Edward and Lambton
  • Renfrew
  • Simcoe
  • Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
  • Toronto
  • Waterloo
  • Wellington
  • York

Who is eligible?

Includes Indigenous:

  • businesses and entrepreneurs
  • economic development corporations (IEDCs)
  • not-for-profit organizations or associations

Contact us for details

There is no deadline to apply and no need to complete an application form before contacting our dedicated team.

Project activities

Indigenous businesses or IEDCs in southern Ontario may be eligible for funding to:

  • increase production capacity, purchase and install equipment
  • develop new products, services or solutions
  • access services or expertise necessary to complete your project
  • participate in trade shows, business functions or other activities for market development opportunities
  • strengthen business, management and marketing capacity
  • attract and develop workers
  • invest in businesses in your region, provide financial support to advance community interests

Indigenous not-for-profit organizations or associations in southern Ontario may be eligible for funding to:

  • provide services for Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs, such as access to capital, networking and mentoring opportunities, or specialized business support services
  • enable First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples’ participation in new or growing sectors
  • offer services to Indigenous businesses to support a skilled workforce
  • increase the technical capacity (new equipment or software adoption, marketing, sales, product design, etc.) as well as managerial capacity (financial management, human resources, etc.) of Indigenous businesses
  • develop new tools, technology, products, services or systems for Indigenous economic development

Please consult with to obtain information on full eligibility requirements.

Contact us

Please contact one of our dedicated officers to discuss your project idea.

We also welcome your comments, questions and feedback by email