When you start a business, usually there is a requirement for start-up capital for the purchase of assets such as land, buildings and equipment required to operate your business.  

Sources of Finance

There are various sources to consider for financing your business at start up.  People often start by looking to their own savings or equity as a source of cash and then try to raise capital from other sources. Each source will have various lending criteria.

All Nations Trust Company

ANTCO's mission is to promote Native self sufficiency through marketing financial resources and advisory services. They offer some First Citizen Fund grant/loan combinations.

Bank of Montreal 

BMO Bank of Montreal recognizes that our ability to contribute to the self-sufficiency of Aboriginal communities is linked to the development of effective relationships with those communities.

Business Development Bank

The Business Development Bank (BDC) offers a variety of consulting and financial services for Aboriginal businesses. In addition to conventional lending and advice, BDC's Aboriginal Banking also offers a number of special activities and initiatives.

Canada One

Canada One is dedicated to helping people start, run and grow successful businesses in Canada, from high-growth start-ups to home-based business owners. 

CIBC Bank 

Our experienced frontline staff and Aboriginal Banking Team will work with you and your community to bring you products and services that meet your changing and diverse needs.

Columbia Basin Trust 

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin.The Trust is here to offer experience and support to all Basin residents.

Community Futures East Kootenay

Community Futures' objective is to provide financial assistance, in the form of repayable loans, to small / medium-sized businesses and community development ventures wishing to start  new businesses or expand / maintain  existing businesses.

Community Futures BC

Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations

Community Futures Development Corporation of the Central Interior First Nations promotes and provides community economic development support services to First Nations people within the Central Interior area.


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Ktunaxa Nation Council Microlending Program

Financial support for the Ktunaxa citizen

New Relationship Trust

New Relationship Trust Corporation was created to help realize this joint vision by providing financial support to First Nation communities, organizations and individuals in BC.

Royal Bank Aboriginal Services

RBC Royal Bank's Aboriginal banking team continues to develop initiatives to meet the changing needs of Aboriginal communities.

National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA)

The NACCA has contact information for all Aboriginal Capital Corporations in Canada.

First Nations Bank of Canada

First Nations Bank of Canada is a competitive, capable, service oriented provider of financial services. Our focus is the Aboriginal market in Canada.


Futurepreneur offers pre and post launch services to youth 18 - 36 years who are ready to start their business.  The financing is a low-interest character-based loan up to $15,000 or $45,000 with a BDC match.

Scotiabank Services for Aboriginal People

With a team dedicated to cultural awareness, we understand the unique needs of Indigenous communities, businesses and individuals.

TD Bank 

Managing wealth doesn’t have to be complicated – especially when you can rely on advice that addresses the values and goals of Aboriginal communities.