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Aboriginal Participation Fund – Early Exploration Support Sub-Stream


The Aboriginal Participation Fund (APF) has been developed to help support the participation of Aboriginal communities and organizations in regulatory processes under the Mining Act and in economic development activities associated with mineral exploration and development. The three funding streams under the APF will give Aboriginal communities and organizations a better understanding of the mineral sector and the related regulatory system.

The Early Exploration Support Sub-Stream is to assist communities and member communities in areas of high mineral development activities with support to respond to early exploration projects. Funding is project-based and will be limited to the costs associated with coordinating the review of early exploration projects.


Applications open July 7, 2017.

Eligibility Requirements

Aboriginal communities or organizations in Ontario experiencing high mineral exploration and/or development activity who are in need of support funding based on the volume of notices received, by receipt of two or more exploration permit applications (but fewer than 10) in the previous fiscal year (i.e., April 1 to March 31).

Eligible applicants may be:

Single Applicants: Aboriginal communities in areas of high mineral exploration activity;


Joint Applicants: Aboriginal communities and organizations (e.g., Tribal Councils) in areas of high mineral exploration and/or development activity. Joint applicants must have the support of the communities they represent and a substantiated record of representing member communities on local lands and resources issues. To meet this criterion a Band Council Resolution or Board Motion is required with the application. Eligible applicants include:

  • A group of First Nation communities in Ontario;
  • A group of Métis communities in Ontario;
  • Tribal Councils in Ontario, who have the support of the member communities they represent; or
  • In specific circumstances and at the discretion of the ministry, other Aboriginal organizations, such as a Provincial-Territorial Organization or economic development organization, if they have the support of the communities they represent.

Applicants are encouraged, wherever possible, to work together to maximize the benefits of available funding.

Program Guidelines


Inquiries about program guidelines may be directed to:

Funding Coordinator
Mines and Minerals Division
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Telephone: 705-670-5826
Toll free: 1-888-415-9845 ext. 5826
Email: aboriginalparticipationfund@ontario.ca

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Last updated: October 19, 2018