ADDRESSING IMMEDIATE NEEDS IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES  

We are providing $685 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Nation communities.  

These funds could be used for measures including but not limited to: 

  • Support for Elders and vulnerable community members
  • Measures to address food insecurity  
  • Educational and other support for children 
  • Mental health assistance and emergency response services
  • Preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 

BOOSTING THE ON-RESERVE INCOME ASSISTANCE PROGRAM  

We are providing $270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program to address increased demand on the program, which will help individuals and families meet their essential living expenses.  

SUPPORTING BLACK-LED BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH THE NATIONAL ECOSYSTEM FUND  

The National Ecosystem Fund will support not-for-profit Black-led business organizations across the country in their capacity to provide support, mentorship, financial planning, and business training for Black entrepreneurs.

Call for concepts closed: December 21, 2020. We are no longer accepting applications.

SUPPORTING BLACK BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS THROUGH THE BLACK ENTREPRENEURSHIP LOAN FUND  

The Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub will gather data on Black entrepreneurship in Canada and help identify critical gaps, barriers to success, and opportunities for growth. It will be jointly run by Black-led business organizations, in partnership with educational institutions. Black-led not-for-profit business organizations and educational institutions are encouraged to come together, develop an application, and apply through the Knowledge Hub web page by January 18, 2021.  

SUPPORTING OUR FOOD BANKS

The Government of Canada will provide $100 million in funding to national, regional, and local organizations across Canada that are able to reach people and communities experiencing food insecurity. These organizations – including but not limited to Food Banks Canada, Salvation Army, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, and Breakfast Club of Canada – will work with partners to meet the urgent food needs of Canadians, including Indigenous peoples and Northern populations.