Business and Economic Development Resources

Organization and Resource Information

BATC Community Development Corporation

Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC)

Community Development Corporation

Program Summary

Provides Funding for the following purposes:

  • Economic Development
  • Social Development
  • Community Infrastructure Development and Maintenance
  • Educational Development
  • Recreational Facilities Operation and Development
  • Senior and Youth Programs
  • Cultural Development
  • Justice Initiatives
  • Health Initiatives
  • Other Charitable Purposes

Eligible Recipients

The BATC CDC invites applications from charitable and non profit organizations for Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs, Battlefords Tribal Council, as well as independent First Nations located within the BATC CDC catchments and in the immediate communities of North Battleford and Battleford

Application Deadline

June 2, Sept 2, Dec 2 and March 2

Beaver River Community Futures – Financing

Beaver River Community Futures

Financing

Program Summary

SKFN-BeaverRiver

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Beaver River assists small town and rural businesses in the Northwest of Saskatchewan start, expand and grow

The Beaver River Community Futures Corporation was established in 1988, and the Beaver River Business Development Corporation in 1989. In 1994, these two corporations merged into what is now the Beaver River Community Futures Development Corporation (BRCFDC). Today, we serve 46 communities in northwest Saskatchewan, in an area covering 120,000 square kilometres.

Our core funding, investment capital and special funds are provided by the Federal Government through Western Economic Diversification Canada. This support is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to Community Futures Development Corporations in Saskatchewan.

Eligible Recipients

This fund is available to develop and diversify local economies in the Beaver River Community Futures Development Corporation region. Financial assistance may be provided by the Beaver River Community Futures Development Corporation to businesses:

  • In which the principals have or will have a financial involvement to a degree that the Corporation deems reasonable in relation to the principals’ own wealth and to the funding requirements of the venture that will predominantly employ local people
  • That, in the judgment of the Corporation, will have a reasonable expectation of economic viability
  • Located in the Beaver River Community Futures Development Corporation region
  • The total amount of financial aid that may be provided to any business at any time shall not exceed $150,000 however we are able to work with other financial institutes to assist us with other larger loan requirements.
  • Program Contact

    Meadow Lake

    Box 2678, 106-1st Street East
    Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1B6
    Phone: (306)236-4422
    Fax: (306)236-5818
    Email: beaverriver@sasktel.net
    Website: Website

    Buffalo Narrows

    Box 128, 1314 Peterson Avenue
    Buffalo Narrows, SK S0M 0J0
    Phone: (306)235-4745
    Fax: (306)235-4787
    Email: brcfdc.bn@sasktel.net

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business – Tools & Financing for Aboriginal Business

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Tools & Financing for Aboriginal Business

Program Summary

TFAB provides practical tools, training and networks to help grow Aboriginal businesses. Includes templates, worksheets and guides.
 

Eligible Recipients

Resources are free to members. Memberships start at $350 annually
 

Program Contact

Ken Montour
Membership Relations Manager
416-961-8663 ext 229
kmontour@ccab.com

2 Berkeley Street Suite 310
Toronto, Ontario M5A 4J5
1-866-566-3229
 

Program Deadline

N/A
 
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CESO – Mentoring Services

Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)

Mentoring Services

Program Summary

The Volunteer Advisors at the Canadian Executive Service Organization provide mentoring and technical expertise overseas and also in First Nations communities in Canada. They help communities organize, strategize, plan, fill out funding applications, conduct business planning, etc.

Eligible Recipients

First Nations

Application Deadline

Ongoing

Contact Information

Allison Deer
Manager, National Aboriginal Affairs, Canada
Gestionnaire des affairs autochtones nationales, Canada
adeer@ceso-saco.com
Direct : 514-789-5809
Cell : 514-465-3531

Cando – Dreamcatcher Program

Cando

Dreamcatcher Program

Program Summary

This program is designed to improve the economic, cultural and social prospects of Aboriginal Youth. This program engages Aboriginal youth age 15-24 years old who think about owning a business. The program will introduce the Aboriginal youth to cool, interesting, youth entrepreneurs and connect them with Aboriginal mentors from all over Canada. This is your opportunity for Aboriginal youth to explore their ideas further with the help of Aboriginal mentors.
The Aboriginal Youth Business Dream Catcher Program is geared towards Aboriginal youth, who want to develop their business concept, increase business and their entrepreneurial knowledge and to increase their financial literacy skills.
This program will provide the youth with the practical information, steps, tools and resources on business planning, opportunities, partnerships, products and programs designed to support, develop and enhance Aboriginal youth in pursuit of developing Aboriginal business initiatives.
 

Eligible Recipients

Aboriginal youth age 15-24 years old who think about owning a business.
 

Program Contact

laurie.buffalo@edo.ca
780-990-0303
 

Program Deadline

N/A
 
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City of Saskatoon – A Communications Guide kâ-isi-pîkiskwâtoyahk

City of Saskatoon

A Communications Guide kâ-isi-pîkiskwâtoyahk

Program Summary

The Guide provides details on important cultural considerations and concepts including an understanding of the position that Elders play in day-to-day life. The acknowledgement of the central role of Elders is a fundamental step to conducting relationships with First Nations peoples. As well, the Guide provides information on aspects of First Nations lives that are traditional practices that reflect a mindset and worldview that goes beyond the mundane and into the spirit of life. These aspects should not be judged as entirely spiritual or a practice of faith, but as reflective of the cultures from which they spring; a way of life.
 

 
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Community Futures Saskatchewan – Community Futures Saskatchewan

Community Futures Saskatchewan

Community Futures Saskatchewan

Program Summary

Community Futures is a community based organization that contributes the social and economic well being of the Prince Albert Region by providing small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs access to services tailored to individual needs. From financing to training programs, we are a one-stop shop for all new and existing businesses in our region.
 

Eligible Recipients

Resource for rural areas in SK
 

Program Contact

13 offices across SK

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Cooperatives First – Indigenous Co-op Development

Cooperatives First

Indigenous Co-op Development

Program Summary

Cooperatives first works with community partners to develop local capacity around a business opportunity and guide them through the process of creating a co-operative business. Some examples include co-op stores, community halls and community gardens. Services are offered at no cost to communities.
 

Eligible Recipients

Not Applicable
 

Program Contact

Kyle White
Community Engagement Coordinator
306-382-4410
kyle@cooperativesfirst.com
 

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Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation – Grant Funding

Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Grant Funding

Program Summary

The Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation:

  • Allocates grant funding in order to enhance independence and well being of residents of the communities we support;
  • Allocates these funds with fairness, accountability and transparency; and
  • Supports economic development, social development, justice initiatives, educational development, recreation facilities operation and development, senior and youth programs, cultural development, community infrastructure development and maintenance, health initiatives, and other charitable purposes.

Eligible Recipients

Must be part of the catchment area

Link to Online Application

Dokis First Nation – Hydro Power Project

Dokis First Nation

Hydro Power Project

Program Summary

Dokis First Nation partnered with Hydromego for the Okikendawt Hydro project. The project is a “run-of-the-river” facility and the First Nation sells the power to the province’s electrical grid through government clean energy programs. Dokis First Nation has a 40% share of the project. There was an agreement with the province to purchase power for 40 years. Some profits have are used to pay down the debt of the project and the remaining profits are put in a trust and allocated the interest earned for infrastructure, health, education and cultural initiatives. The project provided employment and training to many First Nation members. A community member continues to be employed as a full-time hydro facility operator. A quarry was created to store the rock dug out during construction and the community uses the rock to make cement for renovation projects and sells it to outside buyers.

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities – Green Municipal Fund

Green Municipal Fund

Program Summary

FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) provides funding for plans, feasibility studies, pilot projects and capital projects. Learn more about who is eligible for funding and which initiatives and sectors are funded.

Eligible Recipient

First Nations (if documents, including a copy of the relevant statute and agreement with the various orders of government, demonstrating that the province or territory has passed an act or a regulation that affords the status of municipality, and that the First Nations are a legal entity capable of entering into contracts is provided to FCM)

Application Deadline

On-going intake

Program Contact

613-907-6208
email: programs@fcm.ca
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First Nations Financial Management Board – Financial Management Tools and Services

First Nations Financial Management Board

Financial Management Tools and Services

Program Summary

The FNFMB is Canada’s only legislated body that develops and publishes Financial Performance and Financial Management System Standards for First Nations. The FNFMB is an Aboriginal institution that provides a suite of financial management tools and services to First Nations governments seeking to strengthen their fiscal stewardship and accountability regime and develop necessary capacity to meet their expanding fiscal and financial management requirements.

 

Eligible Recipients

All First Nations
 

Program Contact

Sheila Schmidt, Manager Business Development
604-925-6665
sheila.schmidt@fnfmb.com
Ste 905 – 100 Park Royal, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
1-877-925-6665

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Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Asset Condition Reporting System

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

Asset Condition Reporting System

Program Summary

Provides funding to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations so that they can contract with a consultant to prepare an ACRS study for each First Nation. An ACRS study reports the current condition of all the Band’s assets and provides recommendations on the type of repairs and maintenance activities that should be undertake to maintain the asset.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Band Based Capital

Band Based Capital

Program Summary

    This program provides funding to First Nations to undertake capital projects under three categories:

  • Housing capital projects include planning, design, construction, renovation, site servicing, and insurance of houses
  • Education Assets capital projects include facilities fit up and minor renovations and improvements to education facilities.
  • Community Assets capital projects include the construction/renovation of community buildings, roads, and bridges and the purchase of fire protection equipment

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Community Based Planning

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

Commmunity Based Planning

Program Summary

Provides funds to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations to prepare in consultation with each of its member First Nations.

  • a five year First Nation Infrastructure Investment Plan (FNIIP) with class “C” or “D” estimates that is updated each year and;
  • a five year Comprehensive Community Based Plan that is to be updated on a five year cycle

Eligible Recipients

Funding is provided as a fixed contribution

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Compliance Officer Inspections

Compliance Officer Inspections

Program Summary

Provides funds to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations to contract or hire housing inspectors to complete inspections of new home construction and renovations of existing housing stock and to complete fire safety inspections on all houses.

Eligible Recipients

Funding formula was based on $70.00 per house on each reserve based on 1993 data and remained unchanged. The funding will be provided as a fixed contribution.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Data Base Initiative

Data Base Initiative

Program Summary

Provides funding to Tribal Councils and Unaffiliated First Nations to update the CAIS and CMDB databases.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Headquarters Technical Training Courses

Headquarters Technical Training Courses

Program Summary

Provides funding to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations so that they can contract with a consultant to prepare an ACRS study for each First Nation. An ACRS study reports the current condition of all the Band’s assets and provides recommendations on the type of repairs and maintenance activities that should be undertake to maintain the asset.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Housing Updates

Housing Updates

Program Summary

Program that provides funding to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations to maintain a Housing Data Base that provides the location and condition of each housing unit.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Maintenance Management Administration

Maintenance Management Administration

Program Summary

Provides funds to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations to assist in delivery of a maintenance management advisory service. The program ensures that Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations are able to develop and implement maintenance management systems for all new capital assets and systems operated by the First Nations; and to assist First Nations in the development and administration of maintenance management program at the First Nation level.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Major Capital Program

Major Capital Program

Program Summary

This program provides funding for approved recipients to construct major capital projects such as schools, water and sewer systems, cost shared fire protection projects and nationally targeted programs such as the First Nation Infrastructure Fund (FNIF).

Eligible Recipients

Specific projects are identified in the annually updated Regional First Nation Infrastructure Investment Plan (RFNIIP).

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Municipal Type Agreements

Municipal Type Agreements

Program Summary

Provides funding to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations so that they can contract with a consultant to prepare an ACRS study for each First Nation. An ACRS study reports the current condition of all the Band’s assets and provides recommendations on the type of repairs and maintenance activities that should be undertake to maintain the asset.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Operations and Maintenance

Operations and Maintenance

Program Summary

Program that provides First Nations with funding for the operation and maintenance of community buildings and infrastructure. Funding is broken down by the following assets: Water Systems, Waste Water Systems, Fire Protection Assets, Roads and Bridges, Electrical Systems, Community Buildings, Schools and Teacherages and Sold Waste.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

 

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Other Protection

Other Protection

Program Summary

This program provides non-FTA First Nations with additional funding for the operation and maintenance of community assets which are constructed during the year.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) – Small First Nation O&M Funding Adjustments

Small First Nation O&M Funding Adjustments

Program Summary

Provides funding to Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations so that they can contract with a consultant to prepare an ACRS study for each First Nation. An ACRS study reports the current condition of all the Band’s assets and provides recommendations on the type of repairs and maintenance activities that should be undertake to maintain the asset.

Contact Information

For more information:

South First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Regina) at (306) 780-5392
North and Central First Nations: Contact Indigenous Services Canada Regional Operations (Prince Albert) at (306) 953-8522

First Nations may also contact their Funding Services Officer directly for a program referral.

Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health (ISC – FNIH) Cannabis for medical purposes

Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health (ISC – FNIH)

Cannabis for medical purposes

Program Summary

Accessing cannabis for medical purposes and the process for applying to be a licensed producer.

Application Deadline

Ongoing

Contact Information

For individuals seeking information about the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, contact Indigenous Services Canada (FNIH).

Call toll-free at 1-866-337-7705 (8am to 6pm EST).

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) – The Path Forward

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC)

First Nation Market Housing Fund

Program Summary

The purpose of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is to improve the socio-economic situation of Indigenous people within the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. ITAC does that through the provision of the following services to Indigenous tourism operators and communities, or those looking to start a cultural tourism business.

ITAC has developed a five-year strategic plan to overcome barriers and maximize opportunities for Canada’s Indigenous tourism industry. As outlined within ITAC’s strategic five-year plan (2016-2021) our target goals for 2021 include: A $300 million increase in the annual Canadian GDP from Indigenous tourism, a total of 40,233 Indigenous tourism workers and 50 new Indigenous tourism operators at export-ready status.

Contact Information

Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
300-3665 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC, V5R 5W2

Telephone: 1-604-639-4408
Email: info@IndigenousTourism.ca

Kansas University – Community Tool Box

Kansas University

Community Tool Box

Program Summary

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Want to learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice? Then help yourself to over 300 educational modules and other free tools.
 

Eligible Recipients

Available at no cost online

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National Business Centre of Excellence – Indian Resource Council (IRC)

National Business Centre of Excellence

Indian Resource Council (IRC)

Program Summary

First Nations directed and operated organization, to provide leadership and promote collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships between oil and gas producing First Nations, government and industry with the intent of increasing First Nations direct involvement in, and understanding these sectors. Services include:
Business Advisory, business information, workshops and networking
 

Eligible Recipients

Oil and Gas producing First Nations
 

Program Contact

Steven Saddleback – Director of National Energy Business Centre of Excellence
steves@irccanada.ca

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Northern Enterprise Fund Inc. (NEFI) – Financing

Northern Enterprise Fund Inc. (NEFI)

NEFI Financing

Program Summary

Northern Enterprise Fund Inc. (NEFI) is now fifteen years young. Since its creation in 1988, NEFI has grown and evolved with the needs of the northern communities of Saskatchewan it serves. Now 100% northern owned and governed, we are working to build a reputation as a successful, self-supporting, long-lived, northern capital corporation which is professional, proactive and respectful.

NEFI assists in financing initiatives primarily through direct and participation loans. We assist all sizes of commercially-viable developmental, real estate and commercial projects.

While our flexible approach can be summarized as “open for your business” we are proud to have developed a wide range of programs and services to meet our clients’ needs.

Our aim is to assist projects that will succeed and benefit northern communities in Saskatchewan.

 

Eligible Recipients

NEFI is a corporation that was established in 1988 to support business and education in northern Saskatchewan.

Who is eligible for assistance through NEFI? Any individual or northern business residing within the Northern Enterprise Fund Region may apply.

What types of projects will be supported by NEFI? Generally, any commercially-viable project may be considered including:
– the acquisition of fixed assets;
– refinancing of existing borrowings;
– the purchase of an existing business;
– establishing a new business

NEFI offers developmental, real estate and commercial loans.

– Project viability
– Debt serviceability
– Management ability and related experience
– Credit history
– Security
– Equity

 

Program Contact

Northern Enterprise Fund Inc.
Box 220
Beauval, Saskatchewan
S0M 0G0

Phone: (306) 288-2258 or 1-800-864-3022
Fax: (306) 288-4667
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North West Communities Management Company – Westside Economic Development and Investment Attraction Conference

North West Communities Management Corporation

Westside Economic Development and Investment Attraction Conference

Program Summary

The North West Communities Management Company (NWC) is a for-profit corporation wholly owned by North West Communties Wood Products Ltd. NWCMCo. Ltd. was formed to advance progress in a wide range of potential local and regional economic development, business interests, and training in north west Saskatchewan, from Green Lake and north to La Loche.

NWC is sponsoring a conference on May 23 – 24 in Green Lake. The 1st Annual West Side Economic Development & Investment Attraction Conference will concentrate on two important and emerging themes – Renewable Energy and Tourism.

 

Contact Information

To register for the conference please click here or contact Nap Gardiner at 306-288-7666 or Celine Favreau at 306-833-7335 for more information.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation – Vertical Garden Farming

Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Vertical Garden Farming

Program Summary

Vertical farming arrived in the Opaskwayak Cree First Nation, one of Manitoba’s largest reserves, in February. Unlike traditional farming, vertical farming brings the process indoors and allows a person to control environmental variables, such as light and water, to speed up the process.
At the moment, Opaskwayak’s vertical farm is limited to leafy vegetables and some root vegetables, but there are plans to grow fruits and grains sometime in the near future.
 

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Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN)

Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network

Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network

Program Summary

Established in 2012, the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN) was created organically through discussions among key First Nations economic development leaders who shared common goals and a vision for First Nations economic development in Saskatchewan. These leaders felt that a centralized support organization could result in better outcomes for First Nations economic development officers and economic development corporations that generally have limited resources and networks. Over the past five years, the SFNEDN has offered research, blogs and newsletters, while delivering conferences, workshops and networking events.

Contact Information

#215-2553 Grasswood Road
Saskatoon, SK S7T 1C8
Phone: (306) 381-8337
Fax: (306) 667-5654

Email: info@sfnedn.com

Saskatchewan Government – Job Grant

Saskatchewan Government

Job Grant

Resource Summary

The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant is an employer-driven program that:

•Helps businesses and non-profit organizations train new or existing employees for available jobs; and,
•Provides more opportunities for unemployed and underemployed workers to receive training.

Through the program, the employer contributes one-third of the training cost, while the federal and provincial governments contribute the remaining two-thirds.

Training must be provided by an eligible third-party training institution and must be completed within one calendar year from the start date.

 

Eligible Recipients

Employers

Private and not-for-profit sector employers are eligible.

Publicly funded organizations such as health regions, post-secondary training institutions, public libraries, municipalities and school divisions are not eligible under the program.

Self-Employed individuals are not eligible to participate as CSJG supported trainees.

Trainees

•Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with a Social Insurance Number.
•Both existing and potential employees are eligible.
•Temporary Foreign Workers are not eligible.

Training costs

•Tuition fees or fees charged by the training provider;
•Mandatory student fees;
•Textbooks, software and other required materials;
•Learning material fees; and,
•Examination fees.

Training taken prior to an approved contract is not eligible for funding.

Training

Training is flexible. Employers choose the training program and mode of delivery that will meet their needs within the following requirements:

•Must be delivered by a third party not affiliated with the employer applicant;
•Must be a minimum of 24 hours in length per trainee by the same training provider and completed within a 52 week period;
•Must result in a credential (record of completion, certificate, grade, etc.); and,
•Must not replace an employer’s existing investment in training.

Trainers

Third-party trainers could include:

•Post-secondary education institutions;
•Private vocational schools, trade unions; and,
•Private industry trainers.

Application Deadline

The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant is now accepting applications from eligible employers, for training with start dates between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 — pending available funding during this timeframe.

Each application can only have one training provider quote attached to it, and the program indicated must be a minimum of 24 hours in length. Only fully completed applications will be accepted for assessment. Applications will be accepted, assessed and approved based on available funding.

Please note that a completed application is not a guarantee of funding.

Contact Information

For more information, contact the Labour Market Services office nearest you.

Saskatchewan Government, The Office of the Provincial Interlocutor – First Nations and Métis Community Engagement Project Fund

Saskatchewan Government – The Office of the Provincial Interlocutor

First Nations and Métis Community Engagement Project Fund

Program Summary

The Office of the Provincial Interlocutor supports qualifying projects that involve practical arrangements and partnerships with First Nations and/or Métis communities, agencies or non-profit organizations. Projects will be considered under the following categories:
Safe Communities
Strong Families
Student Achievement
Economic Growth

Eligible Recipients

First Nations Band Council or Tribal Council,
Métis Nation,
First Nations or Métis representative organization,
Aboriginal non-profit organization,
Non-Aboriginal non-profit organization seeking partnerships with Aboriginal communities or whose programs/services benefit a primarily First Nations or Métis clientele,
municipality,
Government organizations

Application Deadline

December 5th

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Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation – Business Development Office

Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation

Business Development Office

Program Summary

SIEF’s Business Development Office offers various services to potential clients such as:

Business planning and development
Accounting advisory services
Feasibility analysis
Business workshops
Seminars
Presentations
Business aftercare
The BDO is available upon request to visit your organization or community in order to facilitate educational workshops and to answer questions regarding business planning and financing. Please give two week’s notice.

Eligible Recipients

First Nation Individuals, Bands, Tribal Councils or other First Nation Organizations

Application Deadline

On-going applications

Contact Information

Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve
202A Joseph Okemasis Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 1B1

T: (306) 955-4550
F: (306) 373-4969

Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation – Contribution Program

Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation

Contribution Program

Program Summary

The SIEF Contribution Program is a needs based program with a mandate to create jobs and to increase the economic well-being of First Nations people. The program is designed to support: Business start-ups, business acquisitions, or expansions to existing businesses.

Funding for projects is completed in a two stage process. Stage one is the application form to determine eligibility. Stage two requires a comprehensive business plan to be submitted for further consideration; that demonstrates the long-term viability of the proposal and the ability to create jobs.

Eligible Recipients

To be eligible for the program, clients must be located in Saskatchewan and: a registered Status Indian, a majority owned First Nations business/financial organization, or a development corporation.

All applications require a minimum of a 10% equity contribution from the client. The SIEF Contribution Program assistance supports Business Development, Capital and Operating, Marketing, and on-going Business Support costs. The combined equity of the applicant and SIEF Contribution Program, for a capital project normally cannot exceed 50% of total eligible project costs.

To be eligible for individual application support, the applicant should be involved full-time with the proposed business in a management capacity.

Application Deadline

On-going applications

Click to download the SIEF Contribution Application.

Contact Information

Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve
202A Joseph Okemasis Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 1B1
Telephone: 306-955-4550

Saskatchewan Tourism and Education Council (STEC)

Saskatchewan Tourism and Education Council (STEC)

Saskatchewan Tourism and Education Council (STEC)

Resource Summary

STEC is non-government and industry-driven. We receive some funding from government, but it is the tourism industry that determines the programs and services we offer. STEC promotes, coordinates and evaluates industry managed standards, certification, career awareness and training in the five tourism industries:

  • Accommodation
  • Food and Beverage
  • Recreation & Entertainment
  • Transportation
  • Travel Services

 

Status of Women Canada – Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women

Status of Women Canada

Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women

Program Summary

With this call for proposals, Indigenous organizations and governments will implement projects designed to advance economic security and prosperity for Indigenous women by engaging them, their communities and the private sector to build on their strengths, identify opportunities and address issues affecting their economic security or limiting their economic success.

Proposed projects will engage women and a range of community partners in working together to create lasting change to improve economic conditions for Indigenous women. Projects will:

  • Identify issues, strengths and opportunities affecting Indigenous women’s economic security and prosperity;
  • Expand community understanding of these issues, strengths and opportunities;
  • Take action, together with partners, to identify effective, community-specific mechanisms and solutions; and
  • Implement these solutions

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients include legally constituted organizations that are:

  • Not-for-profit Canadian organizations, excluding labour unions, post-secondary educational institutions and religious institutions;
  • For-profit Canadian organizations, if the nature and intent of the funded activity is non-commercial and not intended to generate profit;
  • Aboriginal governments (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities) and their agencies in rural and remote areas where there is a lack of capacity among not-for-profit and for-profit organizations; and
  • Territorial governments (local, regional, territorial) and their agencies in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

 

Application Deadline

January 11, 2018
 
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UBC Farm – Tal A’xin: Maya in Exile Garden

UBC Farm

Tal A'xin: Maya in Exile Garden

Program Summary

Initially, we planted the three sisters. Later on, we incorporated greens such as amaranth (bledo), yerba mora, and apazote, among other crops. Each season begins with a traditional Maya ceremony to ask permission to Mother Earth and the Creator to break the land and bless the seeds. Before we harvest corn, another ceremony is offered to thank the Creator and Mother Earth for all that has been produced. The garden continues to be a place for cultural sharing and sustaining ancestral practices.
In addition to its international, community-based research, the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm garden supports two main program areas:

  • The xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden grows over 40 varieties of medicinal plants that are native to the region. These are cared for and used by the Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-keepers who lead medicine-making workshops and walks in the Garden with the community.
  • The Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness program brings urban Indigenous and recent immigrant youth to the Garden from March to October. To find out more about the program, view the program booklet

UBC Farm – Tu’wuscht Garden Project

UBC Farm

Tu'wuscht Garden Project

Program Summary

The Tu’wusht Project is an Indigenous-led initiative connecting people to food and nature. This community-inclusive initiative focuses on the urban Aboriginal population who face the most barriers in accessing natural environment and appropriate nutritious traditional foods. Participants receive the opportunity to engage in food sustenance development through community kitchen and land based activities in growing, procuring, preserving food while connecting with traditional Indigenous knowledge.

The garden project runs a weekly community kitchen with urban Aboriginal participants who grow, prepare, and eat food while sharing knowledge and skills with members of the UBC community and beyond. Ceremonies and celebrations throughout the year mark important seasonal shifts in traditional food ways, such as harvest feasts and the use of the cedar smokehouse for fish (part of the project’s work to bridge land and sea).

W Dusk Energy Group Inc. – Alternative Energy

W Dusk Energy Group Inc.

Alternative Energy

Program Summary

W Dusk Energy Group Inc. is an Indigenous owned firm that has the privilege to work in beautiful communities throughout Canada and soon Internationally. We are a team of like-minded professionals operating in tandem to strengthen community development initiatives such as planning, local economic growth, policy, food systems and infrastructure development.

Our core passion and focus is assisting communities to become self-reliant through renewable energy empowerment with a systems based, community-driven approach.

We provide project management, planning and technology integration services. W Dusk can assist in most, if not all stages of projects through its trusted and expansive partnership network.

​W Dusk is actively developing large and small scale projects throughout Canada involving solar, wind, hydrokinetic and newer, harmonic energy solutions. We source, design, build and develop our projects with community.

​We believe that the built environment and physical infrastructure should reflect the values, culture and natural beauty of community. All of our work aligns with an agreement to honour and respect Nature. It is all connected.

Eligible Recipients

W Dusk Energy Group Inc. sources energy projects in communities and then works with a combination of community investment, grants, philanthropy and private equity as required. Every project and community is different and so are we.

Western Economic Diversification – Western Diversification Program (WDP)

Western Economic Diversification

Western Diversification Program (WDP)

Program Summary

Through its Inclusive Innovation Agenda, the Government of Canada is dedicated to building on three core priority areas:

  • People – developing Canadian talent and the workforce of tomorrow;
  • Technology – fostering leading-edge technologies; and,
  • Companies – growing world-class companies and accelerating growth.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) works to advance these priority areas by making strategic investments in supports and services that enable western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including Indigenous businesses, to be more innovative, productive, more export-oriented, and to create good quality jobs.

This call for proposal process invites applications that advance WD’s 2017 investment priorities, which are:

  • Clean technology (clean tech): Building on the competitive advantages of innovative clusters in Western Canada to grow the clean tech sector by supporting the development, commercialization, and export of clean tech products and processes.
  • Indigenous economic growth (IEG): Increasing the number of Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses, and ensure Indigenous communities in Western Canada are well positioned to capitalize on significant economic development and growth opportunities. Preference will be given to IEG applications submitted by Indigenous organizations or those with Indigenous partners.

Eligible Recipients

The following not-for profit organizations are eligible to apply for WDP funding:
a. Industry associations, economic development organizations, cultural organizations, and societies;
b. Post-secondary institutions;
c. Co-operatives;
d. Hospitals and regional health care centres;
e. Indigenous-led not-for-profits and organizations which may include but are not limited to First Nations as represented by their Chief and Council, Tribal Councils, Indigenous Representative Organizations, Métis and Inuit organizations, and Settlements as well as First Nation/Métis Settlement wholly-owned businesses where all profits accrue solely to the First Nation/Settlement to benefit community members;
f. Municipal Governments and organizations created by them;
g. Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for federal Crown corporations); and,
h. Provincial Government Departments, agencies, and Crown Corporations (although eligible within the WDP Terms

Contact Information

Matt Deutscher
Manager, Trade and Development
Western Economic Diversification, Canada, Government of Canada
matt.deutscher@canada.ca
306-203-3126

Western Economic Diversification – Western Innovation Initiative (WINN)

Western Innovation Initiative (WINN)

Program Summary

Through its Inclusive Innovation Agenda, the Government of Canada is dedicated to building on three core priority areas:

  • People – developing Canadian talent and the workforce of tomorrow;
  • Technology – fostering leading-edge technologies; and,
  • Companies – growing world-class companies and accelerating growth.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) works to advance these priority areas by making strategic investments in supports and services that enable western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including Indigenous businesses, to be more innovative, productive, more export-oriented, and to create good quality jobs.

This call for proposal process invites applications that advance WD’s 2017 investment priorities, which are:

  • Clean technology (clean tech): Building on the competitive advantages of innovative clusters in Western Canada to grow the clean tech sector by supporting the development, commercialization, and export of clean tech products and processes.
  • Indigenous economic growth (IEG): Increasing the number of Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses, and ensure Indigenous communities in Western Canada are well positioned to capitalize on significant economic development and growth opportunities. Preference will be given to IEG applications submitted by Indigenous organizations or those with Indigenous partners.

Eligible Recipients

WINN is a $100 million five-year federal initiative that offers repayable contributions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with operations in Western Canada, in order to help move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.

The intent of WINN is to promote the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy by providing financial support to qualified SMEs to help them accelerate the commercialization of innovative products, processes and services in Western Canada, and by stimulating greater private sector investment in western Canadian commercialization activities.

By helping to seize opportunities for innovation, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will support the creation of jobs and growth while ensuring that new opportunities for success are realized and new products, processes and services are brought from the test bench to the marketplace.

Attracting early-stage capital for technology commercialization has been identified as a key challenge for SMEs in Western Canada. WINN will address the pre-commercialization funding gaps inhibiting firms from bringing new knowledge-based products and services to market. Under WINN, eligible western Canadian SMEs can apply for funding to support a wide range of commercialization activities.

Contact Information

Jennifer Stelzer
Manager, Innovation
Western Economic Diversification, Canada, Government of Canada
jennifer.stelzer@canada.ca
306-202-7443

Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan (WESK) – Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs Program

Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan (WESK)

Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs Program

 

Program Summary

Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan is a not-for-profit organization that works with entrepreneurs to start, build or grow their business. Our priority is to help women throughout Saskatchewan to achieve their entrepreneurial goals.

IWEP was created to help us discover how we can better support our indigenous entrepreneurs. Let’s talk indigenous entrepreneurship!

Application Deadline

Closed

Contact Information

Josie Fries, MBA Candidate
Email: communications@wesk.ca
Phone: 306.477.6289

108-502 Cope Way
Saskatoon SK S7T 0G3