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Aboriginal Participation Fund
Education and Relationship-Building 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 Education and Relationship Building stream will help Aboriginal communities and organizations to enhance their understanding of mineral exploration and development processes as well as to support the development of relationships between Aboriginal communities, industry and government.


Applications open April 4, 2016.
Funding is open all year but will close when allocations are fully subscribed.

Eligibility Requirements

Project funding is open to Aboriginal communities or organizations in Ontario. Eligible applicants may be:

  • Single Applicants: Aboriginal communities in areas of high mineral exploration and/or development activity;


  • Joint Applicants:

o Two or more Aboriginal communities in areas of high mineral exploration and/or development activity; or

o Aboriginal organizations (e.g., Tribal Councils, economic development organizations) representing communities in areas of high mineral exploration and/or development activity.

o Aboriginal communities or organizations applying on behalf of more than one community must provide a Band Council Resolution in support of the application from each community represented on the Application

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

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: April 4, 2016