Relief measures for Indigenous businesses in Canada

Michelle Mak Community, Newcomer Information, Updates

The Government of Canada announced that they have a provide up to $306.8 million in short-term, interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses. This measure is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

This measure will help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses that are current or former clients of an Aboriginal Financial Institution. There will be up to $40,000 will be available to small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses:

  • 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.

If your business has an established relationship with a major bank, you may choose to get support from the Canada Emergency Business Account instead.

Contact your Aboriginal Financial Institution or the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association for help determining the best options for relief for your business.

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