Lands and Economic Development Services Program


The goal of the Lands and Economic Development Services Program is to:

To enable First Nation communities and organizations to pursue community economic development, land management, and environmental management services. These services could include:

  1. Community planning and capacity development initiatives;

  2. The development of proposals and leveraging of financial resources; and

  3. Carrying out economic development activities. In some instances, communities may decide to carry out these activities by hiring economic development officers, land management officers, or environment officers.

To enable First Nations to assume greater control over land, resources and environment including land use planning, environmental management and compliance.

To provide First Nations with modern land management tools. This includes creating Land Codes, Individual Agreements, laws, land management systems, and environmental agreements.

The following is a list of eligible activities:

  • Minor machinery and equipment;

  • Communications, including, but not limited to, development of content, translation, dissemination, advertising, and signage;

  • Professional, consulting, advisory and other services, including fees, travel1, and report production;

  • Attendance at or participation in training and professional development programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, events, events and meetings, including but not limited to tuition, registration, travel, testing and evaluation;

  • Salaries, wages and benefits;

  • Travel;

  • Overhead including, but not limited to, rent, utilities, supplies, minor repairs and maintenance, accounting and audit services and insurance;

  • Work experience including travel;

  • Preparation, organization and delivery of conferences, workshops, seminars, events, meetings and information sessions, including, but not limited to, room and equipment rentals, food and beverage, promotion, presenters' or facilitators' costs, travel;

  • Land surveys and appraisals;

  • Awareness and information sessions, training, and communications relating to environmental promotion and compliance;

  • Feasibility studies, marketing, advertising, and promotion

  • Costs related to economic infrastructure including, but not limited to, planning, design, identification, capitalization and acquisition of rights and rights-of-way  and

  • Capital costs relating to the establishment, acquisition, expansion or modernization of an Aboriginal business.

Ineligible expenditures include:

  • Payments for services that would normally be provided without charge (e.g. honoraria);

  • The operation, repair and maintenance of economic or municipal infrastructure;

  • Economic infrastructure which has a reasonable expectation of capturing capital and operating costs through user fees and other means and can function as a commercial enterprise; and
    Costs for services provided by a federal or provincial government.

Current Status:
Accepting applications
What is the deadline:
How much can I apply for:
There is no limit to the maximum amount or number of proposals an applicant can submit. Proposals can be submitted for multi-year funding. Funding is determined by demonstrated need for federal funding; and environmental benefits for First Nations and Inuit individuals, businesses or communities, for example improved waste management or rehabilitation of contaminated lands.
Who can apply:
• First Nation communities and their governments • Other persons performing delegated land management functions on behalf of First Nations • Organizations and associations controlled by Indigenous people except for those with charitable or religious purposes; and, • Non-Aboriginal organizations and associations, except for those with charitable or religious purposes.
Eligible activities:
Who can I contact for help:
Anyes Dimsdale, Manager, Intergovernmental Relations
How do I apply:
Visit Funding