Our Partners

Partner Organizations:


Indigenous Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada

The federal government department responsible for meeting the Government of Canada's obligations and commitments to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and for fulfilling the federal government's constitutional responsibilities in the North.

Indigenous Works Canada

Indigenous Works, formerly the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, is a national social enterprise that is ISO 9001 certified (quality management system).  We were founded as a non-profit national organization in 1998 as a recommendation from the 1996 Report on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples with a mandate to improve the inclusion and engagement of Indigenous people in the Canadian economy.

The Canadian Business Network

The Canadian Business Network's goal is to provide your business with the resources it needs to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations. The Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory working with partners in many communities across their region, providing you with numerous service access points.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

Canada's leading organization dedicated to promoting the full participation of Aboriginal communities in the Canadian economy.


The Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario is a regional development organization for northern Ontario that works with a variety of partners (like Waubetek), as both a facilitator and catalyst, to help create an environment in which communities can thrive, businesses can grow and innovation can prosper.

Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario

Established in 1984, IAPO is a First Nation not for profit corporation which endeavours to empower First Nation communities through financial support and training for farmers.

If you’re a First Nation farmer or agribusiness owner in Ontario, we can assist you with financing, advisory services, training, and workshops. IAPO programs have been developed for First Nation agricultural businesses and can work in partnership with other programs.

While agriculture is core to IAPO, in 2013 the Board of Directors approved the expansion of lending services to include general business financing. To date, IAPO has provided financing for construction, transportation, trucking, retail, service and manufacturing businesses.

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
  • promote collaboration and coordination across ministries on Indigenous policy and programs in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit
  • set priorities for, and track the progress of, Ontario’s Indigenous agenda
  • enhance government awareness of Indigenous people, issues and best practices for consulting and engaging with Indigenous people
  • work with the federal government to find ways to make the most of federal funding
  • help Indigenous people access Ontario government programs, services and information
  • reform the land claims process to help address historical grievances
  • encourage diversity and inclusion, especially representation of Indigenous people, in the Ontario Public Service

Mizwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training

Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training was created in 1991 to meet the unique training and employment needs of aboriginal peoples. Miziwe Biik provides the Greater Toronto Area’s Aboriginal community with training initiatives and employment services.

National Aboriginal Capital Corporation (NACCA)

The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) is the association for a network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) dedicated to stimulating economic growth for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples by promoting and underwriting Aboriginal business development. AFIs provide business financing and support to Aboriginal businesses, which can include; business loans, financial consulting services, aftercare and start-up support.

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is a crown corporation and development agency of the Ontario government that invests in northern businesses and municipalities through conditional contributions, forgivable performance loans, incentive term loans and loan guarantees.


Community Futures Development Corporations:

Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area
East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation (EACFDC)
Economic Partners Sudbury East / West Nipissing Inc
LAMBAC (Lacloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation)
Metis Voyageur Development Fund Inc.

Muskoka Futures

NECO - Community Futures Development Corporation

Nickel Basin Federal Development Corporation

North Claybelt - Community Futures Development Corporation

Parry Sound Area Community Business & Development Centre Inc.

Tecumseh Development Corporation
Two Rivers Community Development Centre
South Temiskaming Community Futures Development Corporation


Aboriginal Financial Institutions in Ontario:

Aboriginal Impact Capital (Ottawa)

Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario (IAPO) (Stirling)

Metis Voyageur Development Fund Inc. (Ottawa)

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) (Fort William First Nation)

Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business & Financial Services Corporation (Fort Frances)

Tecumseh Community Development Corporation (TCDC) (Sarnia)

Two Rivers Community Development Centre (Ohsweken)

Wakenagun Community Futures Development Corporation (Moose Factory)

Waubetek Business Development Corporation (Birch Island)