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Ontario Invests $900,000 in Indigenous Economic Development in the Greater Toronto Area

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Ontario Invests $900,000 in Indigenous Economic Development in the Greater Toronto Area

Province Helping Urban Indigenous Communities Create Jobs and Opportunities

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is helping to create jobs, support new skills training opportunities and improve economic outcomes for Indigenous people in the Greater Toronto Area

Through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF), the province is investing more than $900,000 towards the following projects:

Supporting economic development for urban Indigenous communities through the AEDF is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Partnering with Indigenous organizations is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $25 million over three years in Aboriginal businesses and communities through the AEDF.
  • To date, Ontario has funded 44 projects with Indigenous partners through the AEDF.
  • Ontario has also partnered with six Aboriginal financial institutions to deliver the AEDF Business and Community Fund, which provides grants for economic capacity-building projects in Indigenous communities and business financing for promising community projects and Indigenous-owned businesses.
  • The next round of applications for the Economic Diversification Grant and Regional Partnership Grant streams are now open on Grants Ontario.

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“The Aboriginal Economic Development Fund is helping Aboriginal businesses, communities and organizations create, diversify and collaborate. We’re excited to announce additional grants that will help Indigenous students, workers and businesses have a bright and prosperous future.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“Investing in the economic development of urban Indigenous communities will sharpen Ontario’s competitive edge by offering students, entrepreneurs, workers and businesses critical tools for success. Ensuring all Ontarians have access to resources to develop their skills and innovate is the key to driving our economy forward for years to come.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“The funding provided under the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund allows programs like the Partners on Aboriginal Inclusion Durham-GTA (PAID) project improve partnerships. PAID will offer Aboriginal community members the opportunity to connect with skilled trades and construction industry representatives, all committed to reinforcing Aboriginal inclusion within their organizations.”

Gavin Lawrence

Project Coordinator, Partners on Aboriginal Inclusion Durham-GTA, Kagita Mikam Aboriginal Employment and Training

“Miziwe Biik has seen significant growth in the number of clients seeking to enter the skilled trades and we are continually increasing our network of unions, training providers and employers in the GTA.”

Denise Davad

Manager, Employment Services, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training

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