First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-operative Development Program

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-operative Development Program helps Aboriginal communities explore the potential of establishing co-operatives to meet their community needs.

The program was developed in collaboration with national Aboriginal organizations. It is sponsored by Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. Successful grants are funded by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada.

This program helps explore the potential of co-operatives aimed at creating jobs and economic activity to help reduce the high rate of aboriginal poverty. It is designed to stimulate start-up or expansion of cooperative projects in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

Activities that would qualify for funding include (but not limit to):

  • Consultation with communities to generate ideas for co-operatives
  • Feasibility or pre-feasibility study to explore a project idea
  • Writing a business plan
  • Exploration of innovative models of co-operatives
  • Other structuring activities for co-operative development in the community

Applications are NOT open for this program. There will be an announcement for the next round of funding in 2016.

Last years application and guide can be downloaded below.

2015 application form

2015 application guide

Please contact for more information.

By mail: Co-operative Development Program for First Nations, Métis and Inuit

Co-operatives and mutuals Canada
400-275 Bank Street
Ottawa (ON) K2P 2L6

By phone: 613-238-6712 ext 240

A Steering Committee made up of representatives of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Cooperatives and Mutual Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, the National Association of Friendship Centres and ITK will select the successful applications.