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Indigenous businesses (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) have access to the business support programs offered by the Government of Canada during COVID-19. Visit for a personalized list of business supports.

Support Targeted towards Indigenous Businesses

Funding for small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and Aboriginal Financial Institutions

  • Small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses and Aboriginal Financial Institutions that finance these businesses can access interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions
  • Up to $40,000 will be available to small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses in the form of:
  • An interest-free loan up to $30,000
  • A non-repayable contribution up to $10,000
  • Contact your Aboriginal Financial Institution to apply for support.

Indigenous tourism stimulus development fund

Support Measures for community-owned First Nation, Inuit and Métis businesses

  • $117 million will reach more community-owned businesses, and micro-businesses in First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities located in the provinces, that are not eligible for existing business support measures.
  • The application process for these funds will be announced soon
Support available for all businesses, including Indigenous businesses

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

  • The CEBA provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.
  • Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans
  • See a list of participating financial institutions on the CEBA page.
  • The Government announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria that will soon allow businesses with total payroll below $20,000 to qualify, if they demonstrate having eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million in 2020. This includes sole proprietors receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends.
  • Small or medium-sized Indigenous businesses looking to apply for up to $40,000 in support must choose between CEBA or the AFI support program as both programs are for a similar purpose.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

  • 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses
  • Employers of all sizes and across all sectors that have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March, and 30% in the following months are eligible.
  • Indigenous-government-owned corporations that are carrying on a business as well as partnerships where the partners are Indigenous governments and eligible employers are eligible for the CEWS.
  • Apply using your Canada Revenue Agency My Business Account or using the Web Forms application.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

  • The RFFF is targeted towards businesses that may require additional help to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but have been unable to access existing support measures.
  • Nearly $962 million will be provided through the RRRF
  • Apply to the RRRF through your local Regional Development Agency

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses
• The CECRA provides forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners who in turn will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
• Go to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance page for more information and to apply.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • The CERB provides a taxable benefit of $500 per week for a maximum of 16 weeks to eligible workers and the self-employed who have stopped working related to COVID-19.
  • Begin your application on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit page