Funding

Workplace Education & Training funding

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants. Applications will be assessed for quality in relation to the program objectives: Provide quality work experiences for youth; Provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills; and, Respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers. Check website for full application details and deadlines:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs/apply.html

The Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program is designed to help Indigenous people improve their skills and find employment. The ISET Program provides funding to Indigenous service delivery organizations that design and deliver job training services to First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban/non affiliated Indigenous people in their communities. Indigenous service delivery organizations can be found across Canada.

Eligibility:

First Nations, Inuit, Métis and urban/non-affiliated Indigenous people

Application cycles/deadlines:

Dependent on Service Delivery Organization – check link

Website:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/indigenous-skills-employment-training/service-delivery-organizations.html#a2

North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society (NVIATS) is an Aboriginal training organization that operates under the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET), which is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The ISETS program provides funding to support the costs of programs, services and other activities undertaken to increase the participation of Aboriginal Peoples in the Canadian labour market.

Wage Subsidy Program: The wage subsidy offers employers the opportunity to develop the employee’s skills on the job to meet your unique business needs. This fund Subsidy assists in offsetting the costs of developing a new employee’s ability and level of productivity. Wage Subsidy is negotiated and rages from 40 to 60% of wages for up to 3 months, and the amount and length of the Wage Subsidy is dependent on the skills that will be developed on the job and the skills the candidate brings to the job. The candidate must receive a minimum of 30 hours a week of paid, ongoing employment, and the position is to be of a long-term nature and continue after the subsidy ends, if at all possible. An application and contract must be negotiated and signed prior to the candidate commencing employment with you.

https://www.nviats.com/wage-subsidy-program

The B.C. Employer Training Grant program (ETG) supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA). The BC ETG offers funding through several streams: 

COVID 19 Impacted Worker Training Stream: 

This stream supports British Columbians that are employed or have been employed in a sector where job opportunities have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the C19 Impacted Worker Training Stream, employers may receive 100 percent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year. Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer. Before reimbursements are made, receipts will be used to verify that participants do not pay for training or any training-related expenses.

Eligibility: At the time of application, participants must be one of the following: Unemployed but will be employed by the applicant upon completion of training; Employed by the applicant and requiring new skills necessary for the employer’s business to survive, recover and/or grow; Employed by another employer in an impacted sector but working reduced hours due to COVID-19 and will be employed full-time by the applicant upon completion of training. 

Application cycles/deadlines:

Three intake cycles per fiscal year. 2021/22
Intake 2 is now open (as of June 25, 2021) for training that takes place between Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 2021.

Website: https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources/BC-Employer-Training-Grant/C19-Impacted-Worker-Training-Stream.aspx

Workforce Training Stream

Under this stream, employers may receive 60 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $5,000 per participant per fiscal year. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 40 percent. Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).

Eligibility:

To be eligible under the Workforce Training Stream, at the time of application participants must be unemployed, or employed by the applicant. Workforce training includes, but is not limited to: Management skills such as strategic planning, leadership, recruiting and hiring; Business improvement skills such as marketing, performance management, communication and sales, and other skills such as project management, professional communication and cross-cultural competency.

Application cycles/deadlines:

Three intake cycles per fiscal year. 2021/22
Intake 2 is now open (as of June 25, 2021) for training that takes place between Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 2021. 

Website:

https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources/BC-Employer-Training-Grant/Workforce-Training-Stream.aspx


Technical Training Stream

Under this stream, employers may receive 80 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year. The employer is required to contribute the remaining 20 percent. Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer. Before reimbursements are made, receipts will be used to verify that participants do not pay for training or any training-related expenses.

Eligibility:

At the time of application, participants must be unemployed or employed by the applicant employer, and employers must have a job for the participant at their company once training is completed. Technical training is defined as: training to develop new skills required to operate machinery, equipment or use software, an application or program. This includes computer programming, or training needed for the successful adoption of new technological systems, including new manufacturing, production and construction methods. Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length.

Application cycles/deadlines:

Three intake cycles per fiscal year. 2021/22
Intake 2 is now open (as of June 25, 2021) for training that takes place between Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 2021. 

Website:

https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources/BC-Employer-Training-Grant/Technical-Skills-Training-Stream.aspx


Foundational Training Stream

Under this stream, employers may receive 100 percent of eligible training costs, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year. Employers are eligible to receive up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). All costs are to be paid for in full by the employer. Before reimbursements are made, receipts will be used to verify that participants do not pay for training or any training-related expenses.

Eligibility:

To be eligible under the Foundational Training Stream, at the time of application participants must be unemployed, or employed by the applicant and one of the following: 1) Low-skilled, 2) Working in a low-skilled occupation, 3) Working as an apprentice. Eligible training includes: Essential skills training, apprenticeships, occupational certifications and industry recognized training. Training cannot be longer than 52 weeks in length.

Application cycles/deadlines:

Three intake cycles per fiscal year. 2021/22
Intake 2 is now open (as of June 25, 2021) for training that takes place between Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 2021. 

Website:

https://www.workbc.ca/Employer-Resources/BC-Employer-Training-Grant/Foundational-Training-Stream.aspx


Indigenous Communities Stream

This stream provides funding to communities for the skills training and supports needed to meet local labour market needs. The CWRG program is not intended to meet the same needs as the B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG). Please carefully review the objective and criteria of the CWRG program before applying. The maximum funding per application is $300,000, and the maximum funding per participant is $15,000 per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31)

Eligibility:

Eligible Applicants: Indigenous governments, such as First Nations and Indigenous organizations that serve First Nations, Métis or Inuit people. Supported Activities: Employment assistance services, Skills training and Financial support for participants)

Application cycles/deadlines:

Three intake cycles per fiscal year. Applications open on October 15 2021 for training that takes place from Jan 1, 2022 to March 1, 2022. 

Website:

https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Community-Workforce-Response-Grant/Indigenous-Communities.aspx

Funding for Businesses

All Nations Trust Company is Indigenous owned. Shareholders are comprised of Bands, Tribal Councils, Indigenous Organizations, Métis Associations, Status, Non-Status and Métis individuals. ANTCO is a provincially regulated financial institution with the fiduciary capacity to provide Trust; Agent; and Administrative services. In addition to these services ANTCO is a source of capital for developmental business loans and commercial mortgages.

Financing: ANTCO is committed to meeting the financial needs of Indigenous Communities. Therefore, ANTCO is pleased to offer the following loan products to Indigenous business ventures for Startup, Expansion, Acquisition or Modernization purposes: First Citizens’ Fund Loan Program, Trustee Loan Program, and Commercial Mortgages. Collateral security requirements assessed according to each business project. https://www.antco.ca/services/financing

Business Equity Fund: In a special agreement with “Indigenous Services Canada” and the “National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association” All Nations Trust Company is recognized as an “External Delivery Organization” for the Business Equity Fund (BEF). To be eligible for support, an applicant must be a Canadian Indigenous individual or a Canadian corporation, partnership, association or other legal entity that is majority-owned and controlled by Canadian Indigenous people. https://www.antco.ca/services/grants

 

The Business Development Bank of Canada and the financial institution devoted to Canadian entrepreneurs.

Fisheries: Finding cash to fuel your growth can be difficult when your revenue varies throughout the year. With labour shortages, investing in equipment and technology can increase your capacity during periods of high demand. You may also need to diversify to capitalize on domestic and foreign markets during off times. Let us help you seize opportunities for growth and diversification. https://www.bdc.ca/en/industries/fisheries

Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan: “Use the Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan to: Acquire fixed assets, Purchase equipment and machinery, Finance franchise fees, Cover start-up costs, Start exporting, and access working capital. Up to $350,000 to start or grow your business, get financing whether you operate on or off reserve, and your personal assets not taken as collateral for the loan. Open to all Indigenous business owners. Complete the online form and a BDC representative will contact you to discuss financing options tailored to your business.  https://www.bdc.ca/en/indigenous-entrepreneur-loan?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkLHroKHR7gIV1z6tBh1KTw3iEAAYASAAEgJdX_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Coast Funds is dedicated to empowering First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii to achieve healthy and vibrant economies and communities in tandem with the conservation of their homelands for the benefit of future generations. 

Economic Development Funding: This fund focuses on the start-up or expansion of First Nations owned-and- operated businesses and economic infrastructure that directly supports multiple businesses including entrepreneurs. A PARTICIPATING FIRST NATION (one of the 27 First Nations or 3 Regional Organizations specified in Schedule G of the Conservation Investments and Incentives Agreement – see OUR MANDATE) as represented by the authorized governing body of the Nation; or any other entity fully or partially owned or controlled by the Participating First Nation which has a resolution from the Participating First Nation supporting a complete funding application; or an individual member of a Participating First Nation or business owned by any such individual who has a resolution supporting a complete funding application. The economic development fund supports environmentally sound and sustainable economic development activities throughout the GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST AND HAIDA GWAII. Priority will be given to projects that have positive environmental or social impacts, direct or indirect. https://coastfunds.ca/apply/economic-development-funding/economic-development-fund-policies-and-eligibility-guidelines/

Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is the national leadership organization for Canada’s 191 local community foundations. Together with community foundations across the country, we help drive local solutions for national change on the issues that matter most to Canadians.

Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund: The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF) is an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience.  Open to any Indigenous-led organization or Indigenous-serving organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency funds ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. https://communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/indigenous-peoples-resilience-fund/

Innovate BC represents the Government of British Columbia, reporting to the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. It’s the ministry’s mandate to grow BC’s technology sector, champion innovation, nurture small businesses, support economic development throughout the province, and promote BC internationally as a preferred place to invest and do business.

Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency Program (DER3): In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Innovate BC is pleased to offer the DER3 to support small-medium sized businesses, in any sector, enter or expand in the digital economy. All types of businesses are encouraged to apply, however priority will be given to non-tech companies.  https://innovatebc.ca/what-we-offer/connect-with-experts/der3/

Mitacs powers research & development by connecting industry with the best post-secondary institutions to solve business challenges. Mitacs is the platform to allow you to reach your goals, whether they’re commercializing your projects or developing innovative products. We provide funding for projects — up to 55% — and connect highly trained researchers with the businesses that need them and help guide you through the process.

The partner organization must be 50%+ owned by an individual that self-identifies as Indigenous or the selected intern must self-identify as Indigenous. Not-for-profit organizations are also eligible if their board of directors is composed of at least 50% self-identified Indigenous people, or if the mandate of the organization is Indigenous focused. 

Visit the Mitacs website for more information:  https://discover.mitacs.ca/indigenous/

 

The Native Fishing Association (NFA) exists to stabilize, support, and increase Native participation in the B.C. commercial fishing industry. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit financial lending institution and continues to administer a revolving loan fund that has served Aboriginal commercial fishermen in British Columbia since 1985.

The NFA offers two funding streams: 

Loans: NFA may provide loans to assist in the financing of: maintenance and improvement of vessels, licensed vessel acquisitions, commercial fishing licence acquisitions, or fishing vessel debt re-organization. NFA loans continue to be designed, as much as possible to suit the needs and circumstances of each borrower.  NFA usually structures loans to be repaid over a period of 3 to 10 years.  To qualify for an NFA loan an applicant must: be Aboriginal, demonstrate a need for assistance, have suitable fishing knowledge and experience, provide a proposal that makes good business sense, demonstrate that the loan can be repaid, demonstrate the ability to provide suitable mortgage security on a licensed fishing vessel and/or other assets as deemed necessary, and provide up to 20% down payment of the total value of the asset to be purchased. https://www.shoal.ca/additional-fishing-information/loans-and-leases/ 

NRT Equity Match: The New Relationship Trust (NRT) has partnered with the Native Fishing Association to deliver the Entrepreneur Equity-Matching Initiative. This initiative assists BC First Nation entrepreneurs with equity-matching funds up to $5,000 or 25% of project costs, whichever is less, to establish, modernize or expand a business. This grant is applicable to First Nations commercial fishermen who are applying for NFA loans and is to be used towards their equity. https://www.shoal.ca/funding/

The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in BC through capacity building. NRT invests in BC First Nations by supporting them in five key capacity development areas: Governance capacity, Education, Language, Youth & Elders, and Economic development.

Community Equity Matching Initiative: In 2011, NRT expanded the Economic Development Fund to extend equity matching to First Nation community business projects in BC. NRT will continue to offer the funding to both business and community projects and will expand outreach efforts in partnership with ACCs to ensure potential applicants are aware of this opportunity. https://www.newrelationshiptrust.ca/funding/entrepreneurs-community-equity-matching-initiatives/

Entrepreneurs Equity Matching Initiative (EEMI): Created in 2010, the new Entrepreneurs Equity Matching Initiative (EEMI) assists First Nation entrepreneurs in BC to obtain financing for their businesses. NRT partners with five Aboriginal Capital Corporations (ACCs) to provide matching funding to emerging First Nation businesses. Funds are administered by the partner ACCs. https://www.newrelationshiptrust.ca/funding/entrepreneurs-community-equity-matching-initiatives/

As an Aboriginal Financial Institution, TACC is committed to supporting the success of Aboriginal Businesses within the Coast Salish Traditional Territories with business financing and support services. 

Business Equity Program (BEP): “Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation (TACC) is pleased to announce the expansion of its economic development activities with the addition of the Business Equity Program.
The BEP will consider non-repayable contributions to Aboriginal clients for eligible capital and business support to start, expand or acquire a viable business. Non-repayable contributions for business plans, marketing and other related business support services will also be considered. The BEP may contribute up to a maximum of $99,999 for individuals and incorporated businesses, and up to $250,000 for community owned businesses, based on a viable business plan and subject to other financing being in place. Applicants to the BEP must be Canadian Aboriginal people or Canadian corporations, partnerships, associations, or other legal entities majority owned and controlled by Canadian Aboriginal persons. A Canadian Aboriginal person is one who is a Status or non-Status Indian, Métis, or Inuk. Business projects can be located on or off reserve. http://tacc.ca/funding/

FCF Loan: The First Citizens Fund (FCF) loan offers a 40% forgiveness portion over the life of your loan. The lifetime maximum you can borrow is $75,000. Open to Status and non-Status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit residing in the Coast Salish Territory. http://tacc.ca/financing/

Conventional Loan: The TACC Conventional Loan does not include a forgiveness portion, and is similar to mainstream financing. Open to Status and non-Status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit residing in the Coast Salish Territory. http://tacc.ca/financing/

 

Funding for Post Secondary

Description:

The Chief Joe Mathias British Columbia Aboriginal Scholarship Fund is a nationally registered charity established in memory
of the late Chief Joe Mathias to support Chief Mathias’ vision of post-secondary education for all First Nation persons. The Fund is an incorporated society under the Society Act of British Columbia.

Eligibility

The Society will grant scholarships only to persons who: Are members or citizens of a British Columbia First Nation (or BC Indian Band) – British Columbia First Nation means a band (within the meaning of “band” in the Indian Act) that is located in British Columbia; Are enrolled at an eligible post-secondary educational institution as a full-time, or part-time, student; Are pursuing studies that lead to a degree or to a certificate or diploma from that institution; and are in financial need and demonstrate merit.

Application information:

The 2021 application period is now closed. 2022 will go live on April 1, 2022

Website:

https://chiefjoemathias.ca/

Description:

CAP’s ISET program has funding available, and would like to sponsor off-reserve Indigenous students currently enrolled in or starting skills training programs. We can provide tuition, textbooks, supplies and materials costs for student in certificate programs, diploma programs (up to 2 years) or in their final year of an undergraduate degree program. CAP can also provide a living allowance (based on financial need) to the student. 

Eligibility

We can sponsor Indigenous students who are: Non-Status, Status who are living off-reserve and not able to apply to their band for funding, Metis (including those who are unable to apply to Western Metis provincial organizations for funding) and Inuk

Application information:

Open year-round. See website for more details. 

Website:

http://www.abo-peoples.org/en/iset-indigenous-skills-and-employment-training-program/

Description:

The First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program provides financial awards to Indigenous students enrolled in post-secondary education. Bursaries between $700-$1,200 are awarded to students who meet all eligibility requirements and who demonstrate significant financial need. Students apply for the bursary after they successfully complete a semester of post-secondary school. The Province of British Columbia funds the First Citizens Fund Student Bursary Program while the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres administers it. Both parties are honored to support Indigenous students in pursuing educational opportunities at the post-secondary level.

Eligibility: 

Post-secondary students of Indigenous ancestry (status, non-status, Métis, Inuit) who are: permanent residents of British Columbia registered in a BC recognized post-secondary institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or a C+ grade equivalent.

Application information:

September 15th, 2021 – for students applying for the Summer 2021 semester (May-August)
January 15th, 2022 – for students applying for the Fall 2021 semester (September-December)
May 15th, 2022 – for students applying for the Winter 2022 Semester (January-April)
Note: This bursary is awarded after the successful completion of semester; therefore, please submit your application within a few weeks of the end of the semester for which you are applying.

Website:

First Citizens Fund

 

 

Description:

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC awards up to four scholarship grants annually, each with a value of up to $1,500.

Eligibility:

These scholarships are available to students enrolled in a fish culture or fisheries management program within a recognized post-secondary educational institution in British Columbia.

Application Information:

Applications are typically accepted between mid-March and May 31. Please visit the site to see if applications are being accepted. Any questions may be directed to jobs@gofishbc.com.  

Website:

https://www.gofishbc.com/About-Us.aspx#scholarships

Description:

The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of 518 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada. Click on the name of the bursary to view more information about the award including a description, value, institution, deadline (if applicable) and contact information. You can filter the bursaries using the drop down menus.

Website: 

https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1351185180120/1351685455328

Description:

Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. There is one application for all of Indspire’s bursaries, scholarships, and awards.

Eligibility:

Indigenous students registered in full and part time studies in college, university, skilled trades, apprenticeships, and technology programs.

Application Information:

Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Website:

https://indspire.ca/programs/students/bursaries-scholarships/

Description

The Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships and awards to BC students to assist them with the completion of their post-secondary studies. The Society offers three Award programs for students pursuing post-secondary education in BC. They are available to students who identify as Indigenous, defined as First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Métis or Inuit. All are renewable in order to provide sustained funding over multiple years.

Eligibility:

First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Inuit or Métis, and a resident of British Columbia, defined as having a primary residence in the province for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of full-time enrollment in the program for which the award is applied for. Must be registered as a full-time student*, as defined by the institution you will be attending (usually 60% or more of a full course load).
*Exceptions may apply to applicants who are prevented from studying full-time for medical reasons or disabilities.

Application information:

Applications for 2021/22 Indigenous Awards are no longer available. The 2022/23 Indigenous Awards Program will open in January 2022.

Website

About this Award

 

 

Bursaries

Description:

Successful applicants are eligible for a maximum of two years of funding in the same field.

Eligibility:

First Nations (status or non-status) member of a British Columbia First Nation community.

Application information:

Opens in April, usually closes in November

Website:

Bursaries

Scholarships

Description:

Successful applicants will be eligible for a maximum of four consecutive years of undergraduate post-secondary funding, a maximum of two years at the Master’s level and a maximum of two years for the Doctorate level. Scholarships are awarded annually and students must re-apply for any subsequent years.

Eligibility:

First Nations (status or non-status) member of a British Columbia First Nation community & planning to attend any accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis

Application information:

Opens in April, usually closes in November

Website:

Scholarships

 

Description: 

The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) provides eligible First Nations students with funding to access education opportunities at the post-secondary level, including university and college entrance preparation programs.

Eligibility:

First Nation students who are registered Status Indians, and do not have band membership, and are thus ineligible to apply for funding through their band. Must be a BC resident, who has resided in BC for a minimum of 12 consecutive months.

Application Information:

July 1, 2021 – for students applying for the Fall & Winter semesters (September-December 2021 & January-April 2022)
March 31, 2022 – for students applying for the Summer 2022 semester (May-August 2022)

Website:

Post-Secondary Student Support

 

 

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