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Indigenous-owned and -led companies play a key role in Canada’s economic success



Number of Indigenous-owned companies in Canada


Indigenous SMEs export


Indigenous contribution to the Canadian economy


*Source: Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
**Source: Statistics Canada


Export Development Canada (EDC) is dedicated to supporting your Indigenous business as you pursue economic self-reliance and growth through exporting.  Guided by respect for Indigenous history, traditions and culture, we remove barriers to growth so that your business can thrive on the world stage while creating jobs and prosperity in your community. That’s the export impact.

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We can help you navigate, manage, and take on risk, so your business can grow. Whether it’s exporting products or services, Canadian businesses of all sizes and sectors have counted on us for international trade expertise and financial solutions since 1944. 



Customer stories


Through her business, The Yukon Soaps Company, Joella Hogan reconnects people to their culture and land.

Yukon Soaps Company reconnects people to the land | EDC

Learn how Yukon Soaps Company puts community front and centre.

Al Balisky, president and CEO of Meadow Lake Tribal Industrial Investments, inspects stacks of finished lumber products.

Customer stories: Meadow Lake Tribal Council | EDC

See how exporting brings home new opportunities for Meadow Lake Tribal Council.



Resources to help you get started


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Webinar: Stronger together: Benefits of Indigenous partnerships

Find out how partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies in Canada can pay off in a big way.    


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Webinar: Building a global brand: Set your Indigenous business apart

Learn how to build a global Indigenous brand identity to help your company thrive internationally.



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Date modified: 2024-05-17