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New Indigenous Business Navigator service available at Indigenous Services Canada


OTTAWA, TRADITIONAL UNCEDED ALGONQUIN TERRITORY, ON, Feb. 22, 2023 /CNW/ - When applying for funding or business supports, connecting to all of the programs, funding applications, departments and agencies of the Government of Canada can be challenging. This can be even harder if you are part of a small team, or have not yet worked with any of them before.

To help make things easier for Indigenous businesses, organizations, and communities, a new service is now available through Indigenous Services Canada: the Indigenous Business Navigator Service.

This new service provides a single point of contact that connects Indigenous organizations and businesses to services and programs from different Government of Canada departments.

As a one-window approach, the requestor can simply email [email protected] including their information and the type of help needed, and a representative will respond and help connect the client with the appropriate service or program.

Departments involved in this new service include:

In developing and testing this new service, the Indigenous Business Navigator was recently used by a First Nations tourism business in Quebec that reached out to find a program available to provide funding for renovations. The Navigator successfully connected them to Canada Economic Development for Quebec (CEDQ) Regions, and the business managed to secure funding for its project.

Connecting Indigenous businesses and organizations with the right services and programs that fit for them, while make various Government of Canada departments more accessible, will help strengthen their economic development options and open more windows of opportunity.

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"A new Indigenous Business Navigator service is now available, providing a one-window approach to help Indigenous businesses and organizations connect with more than 20 government of Canada departments and agencies. Through Indigenous Services Canada, the requestor can simply email [email protected] with their information and the type of help needed, and a representative will respond and help connect the client with the appropriate service or program."

The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services

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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada



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