Log In
Login to Grant EN

Aboriginal Economic Development Fund – Regional Partnership 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 Regional Partnership Grant (‘Stream 3’) is designed to support regional and province-wide projects that improve access to financing, employment and training. Regional Partnership Grants support key ‘building blocks’ of successful economic development through strategic investments on a regional or province-wide scale with a focus on improving skills training opportunities (particularly on-reserve) and facilitating access to financing for promising projects. In order to be eligible, projects must provide or contribute to significant economic benefits to Indigenous people and communities (e.g., employment, training and/or business opportunities) at a regional or province-wide level. Grants support new projects as well as the ‘scaling up’ of existing projects that have showed promise at a local level and have the potential for success at a regional or province-wide level.


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

A group of two or more of the following organization types can apply for a Regional Partnership Grant:

  • First Nation communities
  • Metis communities
  • Political Territorial Organization (PTO) in Ontario.
  • Tribal Council in Ontario.
  • Aboriginal Financial Institution (AFI) in Ontario.
  • Indigenous business organization incorporated in Ontario.
  • Indigenous organization recognized by the Province of Ontario.
  • Non- Indigenous organization (including not-for-profit organizations) in partnership with another eligible organization.

Note that only AFIs that do not receive funding through the AEDF’s Business & Community Fund (Stream 1) are eligible for funding through a Regional Partnership Grant.

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: November 2, 2016