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Indigenous entrepreneur

As an Indigenous entrepreneur, you want to deal with a bank that has in-depth insight into your unique business opportunities and challenges.

“Aboriginal entrepreneurs and business owners face several obstacles in accessing financing for start-up, on-going operations, acquisitions, and expansions.” *

Indigenous banking at BDC

$300M+ committed to clients as of March 31st 2018

9 account managers dedicated exclusively to Indigenous entrepreneurs

550+ Indigenous clients across Canada

Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan

Get the capital you need to start a business or scale up. You can access financing for up to $250,000 for existing businesses and up to $150,000 for start-ups, whether your operations are on or off reserve.

Benefits for your business

Flexible repayment terms to protect your cash flow

Flexible financing to get your business off the ground or grow your company.

Good for your community

Through a special provision, BDC will refund a portion of the interest paid on the loan to a registered charity of your choice.

Limited personal risk

Your personal assets are not taken as collateral for the loan.

Use the Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan to:

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Need more than $250,000? Learn about our other financing solutions.

Advisory Services

Financial management

Learn the basics of financial management in a way that’s relevant to your business

Sales and marketing

Define the best sales and marketing channels to increase your sales

Strategic planning

Protect and strengthen your position in the marketplace by aligning your management team behind one vision.


Testimonial Sharon Bond
If you’re Aboriginal, the entrepreneur is there inside you. You can start up your own business, whether it be a retail store, a restaurant or anything. Being Aboriginal doesn’t stop you from doing anything. We are creating jobs for people. We are taking care of ourselves. So it’s time to be proud of First Nations in Canada. It’s amazing. It’s good.
Testimonial Christian Dandeneau
With help from BDC, ID Fusion was able to successfully acquire a strategic partner to help us increase our market share. As a direct result of the acquisition, we were quickly able to land key contracts with a number of organizations.
Testimonial Noël Touzin
BDC took the time to study our company and to make a proposal that was perfectly suited to our needs. They offered us appropriate tools that helped us tremendously in planning and managing our growth more effectively. We were provided with a qualified trainer who was also a good communicator. In addition, the remote delivery model enabled us to save a lot of time and travel expenses!

Summer student

Summer student and internship program

This program provides Indigenous (First Nation, Métis and Inuit) youth with summer employment and internship experience while they are attending college or university.


How to get a business loan

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Talk to someone in your area

Contact us to access financing and advisory solutions specially designed for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

* The Conference Board of Canada, Opportunities to improve the financial ecosystem for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and SMEs in Canada, (2017). Report prepared for The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) and BDC