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Aboriginal entrepreneur

There are over 27,000 Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Canada, according to Census Canada. This is 30% more than the 1996–2001 period.

To respond to this increased level of activity, BDC offers an even greater variety of consulting and financial services for Aboriginal businesses.

In addition to conventional lending and advice, BDC's Aboriginal Banking also offers a number of special activities and initiatives.

Aboriginal Business Development Fund (ABDF)
Financing with management training and mentorship. Managed by Aboriginal community organizations. Learn more
Growth Capital for Aboriginal Business (GCAB)
Financing for start-up businesses and existing businesses. Learn more
Start a business
Join the ranks of other highly successful Aboriginal entrepreneurs, start on the right track with BDC financing and consulting. Learn more

BDC Initiatives

  • E-Spirit - In the news: Aboriginal youth business plan competition

    Following many successful years of the E-Spirit Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition, we undertook a review of our programs for promoting Canadian entrepreneurship. As a result, we will not be organizing a 2016 edition of this competition for Aboriginal youth. Instead, we will be pursuing our tradition of supporting young entrepreneurs through other activities like our partnership with Futurpreneur Canada.

  • Summer student and internship program—Provides Aboriginal youth with summer employment and internship experience while they are attending college or university.

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