Economic Development

The provincial government is committed to improving Aboriginal people and communities’ participation in the economy. Government must work in partnership with Aboriginal people to identify shared goals, strategic outcomes and progress.

The Province’s policy approach to working in partnership with Aboriginal people includes efforts to support and increase Aboriginal management and control over programs and services.

Business Support

The Province supports Aboriginal entrepreneurs through programs, training and funding that help businesses to thrive and compete in B.C.’s economic climate. Strong Aboriginal businesses contribute to a strong B.C. economy.

The B.C. government also supports the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council through the BC Jobs Plan. The Aboriginal Business and Investment Council focuses on developing strategies to:

  • Increase Aboriginal participation in the economy
  • Promote economic certainty in the province by encouraging economic growth in Aboriginal communities

Building Capacity

  • First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund
    The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) promotes increased Aboriginal community participation in the clean energy sector within their asserted traditional territories and treaty areas.
  • New Relationship Trust
    The New Relationship Trust is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in B.C. through capacity building.

Databases

Aboriginal Organizations & Services

The Aboriginal Organizations & Services Guide provides British Columbians with a comprehensive listing of Aboriginal community-based services and organizations, which are mostly not-for-profit and Aboriginal operated.

Learn more about the guide

Economic Agreements

B.C., federal government and First Nations negotiate agreements to benefit the economy in First Nations' territories.

Find out about government-to-government agreements

Learn More

Useful Contacts

Call or email if you have more questions.

Telephone: 1-800-880-1022