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Aboriginal Participation Fund – Mining Conferences Funding 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 Mining Conferences Funding Sub-Stream will provide financial assistance for communities and member communities to attend mining conferences held in Canada. Aboriginal communities and organizations attend these conferences to improve relationships between Aboriginal communities/organizations, government and industry proponents, and to increase their knowledge and understanding of both the regulatory and economic activities associated with Ontario’s mineral sector.


Applications for the PDAC Conference must be submitted at minimum, 90 days prior to the conference start date.

Applications for all other conferences must be submitted at minimum, 30 days prior to the conference start date.

Late applications will not be accepted after the closing period.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants may be:

Single Applicants: Aboriginal communities in Ontario;


Joint Applicants:

• Tribal Councils in Ontario; or

• In specific circumstances and at the discretion of the ministry, other Aboriginal organizations, such as a Provincial-Territorial Organization in Ontario.

Program Guidelines


Inquiries about program guidelines may be directed to:

Transfer Payment Coordinator
Strategic Services Branch
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: September 11, 2017