For Alberta’s economy to continue to grow and for more people to feel the benefits of a strong economy, every community needs to be part of the momentum. By providing $5 million in grants through ABIF, Alberta’s government is supporting the growth of Indigenous communities, community-led job creation and economic development. Grants will go toward capital costs like equipment purchases and infrastructure builds.

“Alberta’s government is proud to partner with Indigenous community-owned businesses across Alberta on this initiative. It’s one of the ways our government is working towards economic reconciliation by removing financial barriers and strengthening local economies.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

ABIF is helping Fort Chipewyan Métis by providing $500,000 toward capital construction costs of the Elders’ Housing and Rental Suites Project, which will meet two critical community needs.

The project will include six independent, affordable housing units for Elders and short-term accommodations for visitors, as well as a common gathering area. It is expected to create 50 construction jobs with 15 of the positions being filled by Indigenous Peoples. 

“The groundwork for the site is already underway and trucks, loaded with supplies, are rolling into the community. The excitement around this new project in the heart of Fort Chip is building.”

Kendrick Cardinal, president, Fort Chipewyan Métis

Kainai Forage LP is receiving funds to assist with construction-related costs for a storage facility for their timothy hay product. The business expects to create 20 new jobs for community members, adding to the 49 current positions. Kainai Forage's exports will help support community programs and an internship program.

“Despite COVID-19, Kainai Forage has grown over 300 per cent in three years and is an example of how the right partnerships empower Indigenous communities to turn world-class opportunities into world-class businesses. Our partnership with Indigena Capital and the Alberta government has helped our community build Kainai Forage into one of Canada’s leading forage businesses.”

Makiinima, Chief Roy Fox, Kainai Blood Tribe

Alberta’s government is committed to reconciliation. Supporting Indigenous businesses with funding that will benefit not only their communities, but the rest of the province, is an important part of the pathway to economic reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Alberta. Indigenous-led solutions that result in meaningful change will lead to a better future for all.

Quick facts

  • Since 2014, the Aboriginal Business Investment Fund has supported 75 Indigenous businesses with $40.5 million and has created more than 646 permanent jobs for Indigenous people.
  • Since 2020, the fund has supported 35 projects that have created
    • 378 full-time jobs
    • 254 full-time construction jobs
  • These 14 applicants received funding from Budget 2022:



Project Name

Funds Approved

Pimee Well Servicing LP

Beaver Lake Cree Nation
Frog Lake First Nation
Heart Lake First Nation
Kehewin Cree Nation
Saddle Lake Cree Nation
Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake Band #128

Rig 14 Pump and Tank Project


O'Chiese Contracting LP

O'Chiese First Nation

Harvesting Heavy Equipment


Kee Tas Kee Now Sawmills Ltd.

Loon River First Nation
Woodland Cree First Nation
Lubicon Lake Band
Whitefish Lake First Nation

Forest Harvesting


Fort Chipewyan Métis

Fort Chipewyan Métis Local #125

Elders’ Housing and Rental Suites


Little Red River Group of Companies LP

Little Red River Cree Nation

Caribou Mountain Homes Expansion


Mini Thni Casino Corp

Stoney Nakoda First Nation

Event Centre


Kainai Forage LP

Kainai Nation | Blood Tribe

Storage Shed Construction (Shed 9)


Acden Tech Sonic Limited Partnership

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Growth and Expansion Project


SmogBuster Inc.

Mikisew Cree First Nation

Cool Down the Work Environment (purchase and refurbishment of air conditioning units and dust collectors for workspaces)


Samson Management 2009 Ltd

Samson Cree Nation

Meniak Road Highway Commercial Project (includes building of travel centre with gas pumps, a truck stop, convenience store, electric charging station and restaurant)


Bear Hills Casino LP

Louis Bull Tribe

Bear Hills Gas Station


Willow Lake Métis Association

Willow Lake Métis Nation

Willow Lake Eco Bison Ranch


Alexander Business Centre Inc.

Alexander First Nation

HDD Shop and Headquarters


Comec Energy Services LP

Cold Lake First Nation

Tri Drive Pressure Truck Acquisition