Indigenous Business Directory
The Indigenous Business Directory (IBD) is an online directory that allows procurement officers and the private sector to identify Indigenous businesses.
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About the directory
The IBD is designed to assist and support Indigenous businesses in the pursuit of business opportunities, including federal procurement. This is a public directory and available for use by all levels of government, as well as the private sector to identify Indigenous businesses. It is free to register.
Having a business profile in the IBD will increase your visibility and may provide additional business. Additionally, being registered in the IBD is mandatory if a business is interested in competing for federal government contracts that are set-aside for Indigenous businesses through the Indigenous business and federal procurement.
Information collected for the business registration will create a public profile. However, some of the information is collected for program administration purposes and will not be made available to the public and will be protected in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Are you eligible?
An Indigenous business can be:
- a band as defined by the Indian Act
- a sole proprietorship
- a limited company
- a co-operative
- a partnership
- a not-for-profit organization
in which Indigenous persons have at least 51% ownership and control.
An Indigenous business can also be a joint venture consisting of 2 or more Indigenous businesses or an Indigenous business and a non-Indigenous business, provided that the Indigenous business or businesses have at least 51% ownership and control of the joint venture.
The bidder must certify in its submitted bid that it is an Indigenous business or a joint venture constituted as described above.
For more information on the eligibility requirement, consult: Contracting Policy Notice 1996-6
Register in the directory
Register in the Indigenous Business Directory.
Search the directory
Search the Indigenous Business Directory to find validated Indigenous businesses.
Information for government departments and agencies
The Government of Canada has a commitment that a mandatory minimum target of 5% of the total value of contracts are awarded to Indigenous businesses ('5% target') annually.
The 5% target applies to contracts as defined in the Treasury Board Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments.
For greater clarity, the 5% target is calculated as a percentage of the aggregated value of contracts awarded and not as a percentage of the value of each individual contract awarded.
Indigenous businesses for the purposes of the 5% target must either:
- be registered in the Government of Canada's Indigenous Business Directory (note that Elders, band and tribal councils are exempt from registration)
- be registered in a beneficiary business list, when procuring in a modern treaty or self-government agreement area with economic measures
For further advice and guidance, contact Indigenousprocurement@canada.ca
Indigenous Services Canada
10 Wellington Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4
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