Aboriginal Business Info-Guide (Alberta)


The Info-Guide is a document designed to help you navigate through the different Aboriginal programs and services and identify those of interest. Although many questions will be answered in the Info-Guide, the list is by no means exhaustive. The selected items provide a helpful overview of programs and services in a related area. This blended product of both federal and provincial information is developed to answer a growing demand for strategic information by business people. Municipal and other non-government information may be included, depending on the content and region.

Some of the hypertext links lead to non-federal government sites which are not subject to the Official Languages Act and the material is available in one language only.

Aboriginal Business Programs and Services

Aboriginal Business Canada - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Aboriginal Business Canada is an Indian and Northern Affairs Canada program which provides financial assistance, information, resource materials and referrals to other possible sources of financing or business support. Clients must be individuals of Canadian Indian (on or off-reserve), Métis or Inuit heritage, or majority-owned Aboriginal business and financial organizations or development corporations.

For further information, contact Aboriginal Business Canada in Edmonton at 780-495-2954 or Calgary at 403-292-8807 or visit their website.

Growth Capital for Aboriginal Business - Business Development Bank of Canada
As an aboriginal entrepreneur with a solid business plan, you could get up to $25,000 to start a business or up to $100,000 to grow your existing business.

For further information, see the document Growth Capital for Aboriginal Business, contact the Business Development Bank of Canada at 1-877-BDC BANX (1-877-232-2269) or visit them on the Web at http://bdc.ca

Canada Council for the Arts - Grants
The Canada Council for the Arts offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in dance, media arts, music, theatre, writing and publishing, interdisciplinary work and performance art, and the visual arts. All programs are accessible to Aboriginal artists or arts organizations, and artists or arts organizations from diverse cultural or regional communities.

For further information, contact the Canada Council for the Arts at 1-800-263-5588 or visit the Website at http://www.canadacouncil.ca

National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association at http://www.nacca.net
Exist throughout Canada providing their market areas with a wide range of small business assistance including business loans.

Alberta Indian Investment Corporation - AIIC (AIIC) - Enoch, Alberta - 780-470-3600 or Toll Free: 1-888-308-6789
Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc.. - Edmonton, Alberta - 780-452-7951 or Toll Free: 1-800-252-7963
Indian Business Corporation (IBC) - Calgary, Alberta - 403-291-5151 or Toll Free: 1-800-387-4813
Settlement Investment Corporation - Edmonton, Alberta - 780-488-5656 or Toll Free: 1-800-661-9902

Peace Hill Trust at http://www.peacehills.com or contact Calgary, Alberta 403-299-9730, Edmonton, Alberta 780-421-1229, or Maskwacis, Alberta 780-585-3013.
Serves the financial needs of the First Nations and their members, corporations, institutions, and associations both on and off reserve and also provides financial services to non-native clientele.

Information Sources for Aboriginal Business

Aboriginal Business Development Services - ABDS
ABDS, an enhanced service within The Business Link, provides business information, advice and referral services to meet the needs of potential and existing Aboriginal business people in Alberta. Let the Alberta ABDS be your first stop for Aboriginal-specific business information in Alberta.

For further information, contact the ABDS at 780-996-6405 or Toll Free 1-800-272-9675, or visit them on the Web at http://www.CanadaBusiness.ab.ca/abds

Aboriginal Albertans in Business Series

The Aboriginal Albertans in Business Series of business guides were developed by The Business Link to meet the unique needs of Aboriginal business people in Alberta.

Guide to Aboriginal Organizations in Alberta
This on-line directory provided by Alberta Aboriginal Relations, contains contact particulars for First Nations, Métis Settlements and a number of Aboriginal service organizations active in areas such as economic development, employment, friendship centres and social services.

Journey to Success - Aboriginal Women's Business Planning Guide - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
A practical and easy-to-use tool for Aboriginal women who are thinking of going into business. Available in English, French, Inuktitut, Russe, Espagnol.
Telephone: 1-800-567-9604

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (http://www.ccab.com) is a national, non-profit, non-government, charitable organization that is dedicated to promoting the full participation of Aboriginal communities in the Canadian economy.

Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
The government launched the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB) to help Aboriginal firms do more contracting with all the federal departments and agencies.

For more information, see the document Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business, or contact Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada at 1-800-400-7677

Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative - AWPI: AWPI Employer Toolkit - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
The Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative was designed to help employers recruit, retain and promote Aboriginal employees. The toolkit has been designed to help employers increase their awareness and understanding of issues related to Aboriginal employment.

For further information, contact AWPI 780-495-2773

Aboriginal Peoples Survey - Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada maintains records on social and economic profiles of Aboriginal peoples. Topics include: data by Aboriginal group (i.e. North American Indian, Métis and Inuit); data for Aboriginal persons living both on and off Indian reserves and settlements; data about Aboriginal people which describe the demographic breakdown, household, labour force, employment, education, disability, housing conditions and participation in traditional activities.

For further information, contact Statistics Canada at 1-800-263-1136, or visit them on the Web at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/

Aboriginal Business and International Trade - Government of Canada
This Web site provides information for Aboriginal companies and entrepreneurs looking to export their products and services abroad. It is also a resource for international clients looking for Aboriginal products, services and expertise.

Aboriginal Banking - Partnership - The Key to Success
A quarterly newsletter for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs published by the Business Development Bank of Canada.

For further information contact the Business Development Bank of Canada at 1-877-BDC-BANX (232-2269)

CIDA's Aboriginal Procurement Strategy (CAPS)
The Aboriginal procurement strategy (CAPS) is an initiative aimed at promoting Aboriginal business development through the procurement process at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

For more information, contact the Public Inquiries Service at 1-800-230-6349 or visit CIDA's Web site at the following address: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca or send your enquiry electronically to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Métis National Council
Promotes and encourages entrepreneurship within Métis communities.

For more information, visit the Web site: http://metisnation.ca or call 1-800-928-6330.

Native Investment and Trade Association at http://www.native-invest-trade.com or contact 1-800-337-7743
Has Aboriginal business directories for each region as well as the document called The Road Less Travelled: Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Building Economic Independence for the New Millennium.

Assembly of First Nations at http://www.afn.ca or contact 613-241-6789
Presents the views of the various First Nations through their leaders in areas such as: Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Economic Development, Education, Languages and Literacy, Health, Housing, Social Development, Justice,Taxation, Land Claims, Environment, and a whole array of issues that are of common concern which arise from time to time.

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
Provides information about Aboriginal peoples across Canada who live in a non-reserve setting whether urban, rural or wilderness. Telephone: 613-747-6022 Web site: http://www.abo-peoples.org

Management Services

CESO/SACO - CESO Aboriginal Services Edmonton, Alberta 780-421-4740 or Toll Free: 1-800-763-6372
Has volunteer advisers for Aboriginal businesses, communities and organizations. CESO is a non-profit organization which provides advisory services to Native clients who request professional assistance in economic development, community affairs or education and other areas where help is needed.

Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) at http://www.edo.ca or contact 1-800-463-9300 or 780-990-0303 Supports Aboriginal economic development officers (EDOs) through networking, information, publications, support services and special initiatives or projects.


GST / HST and the Indian Act - Canada Revenue Agency
Under Section 87 of the Indian Act, the personal property of an Indian or Indian band situated on a reserve and their interests in reserve lands are not subject to tax. The application of the GST/HST is consistent with the provisions of that Act.

For further information, please call 1-800-959-5525.

Information for Aboriginal People - Canada Revenue Agency

For further information contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-959-5525 or on the Web at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca

First Nations Tax Commission (FNTC) at http://www.fntc.ca/ or call 250-828-9857
The FNTC represents the collective interests of First Nations and taxpayers and promotes economic development by enhancing the administrative efficiency and fairness of the First Nation property tax system. The FNTC operates in the larger context of First Nation issues which goes beyond property tax. The FNTC is concerned with reducing the barriers to economic development on First Nation lands, increasing investor certainty, and enabling First Nations to be part of their regional economies.

Related Reading

Information contained in this document is of a general nature only and is not intended to constitute advice for any specific fact situation. Users concerned about the reliability of the information should consult directly with the source, or seek legal counsel.

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