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Aboriginal Economic Development Fund – Economic Diversification Grant


The Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF) is investing $25 million over three years in Indigenous businesses and communities. The AEDF is a program of the Jobs & Prosperity Fund, a 10-year, $2.5 billion fund that helps Ontario compete to attract new business and form partnerships to secure investments that focus on job-creating innovation, productivity and going global.

A funding stream of the AEDF, the Economic Diversification Grant (‘Stream 2’) is designed to promote economic activity in multiple new and emerging sectors. The Grant promotes the development of economic diversification strategies to help communities broaden their economic base and identify new or emerging areas of economic opportunity. Grants also facilitate the implementation of economic strategies by supporting forward-looking planning that identifies high-potential economic opportunities within a wide range of sectors. Grants also support feasibility studies and project funding for initiatives that contribute to economic diversification as well as employment, business and/or training opportunities.


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

An organization can apply for an Economic Diversification Grant if it is a:

  • Political Territorial Organization (PTO) in Ontario.
  • Tribal Council in Ontario.
  • First Nation community in Ontario.
  • Métis community in Ontario.
  • Indigenous organization recognized by the Province of Ontario.

Each application must confirm compliance with the following:

  • Applicant is not in default of the terms and conditions of any grant or loan agreement with any ministry or agency of the Government of Ontario.

Program Guidelines


Questions about the AEDF should be directed to aboriginalbusiness@ontario.ca or by telephone at 416-326-4740 and 1-866-381-5337, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Technical questions regarding Grants Ontario may be directed to the Grants Ontario Customer Service Line at GrantsOntarioCS@Ontario.ca or by telephone at 416-325-6691 or 1-855-216-3090, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Last updated: March 14, 2016