Mandatory minimum 5% Indigenous procurement target

The requirement for federal departments and agencies ensures a minimum 5% of the total value of contracts are held by Indigenous businesses.

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About the mandatory target

The Government of Canada is increasing economic opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis businesses through the federal procurement process.

For the purposes of the 5% target, an Indigenous business is defined as:

The mandatory 5% minimum Indigenous procurement target is being implemented in 3 phases to allow departments and agencies to update planning and processes to support implementation.

All departments and agencies are to meet or exceed the 5% target no later than the fiscal year-end of 2024 to 2025, as set out in the schedule below.

The schedule is based on an assessment of the level of readiness of each applicable department and agency to meet the 5% target. The assessment used prior departmental procurement plans related to the Procurement Strategy for Indigenous Business.

Timeline to achieve target

Phase 1
32 organizations scheduled to meet or exceed the 5% target by fiscal year 2022 to 2023
Phase 2
20 organizations scheduled to meet or exceed the 5% target by fiscal year 2023 to 2024
Phase 3
44 organizations scheduled to meet or exceed the 5% target by fiscal year 2024 to 2025

Phase 1: 32 organizations

  • Canada School of Public Service
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
  • Canadian Transportation Agency
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Department of Justice Canada
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Infrastructure Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (Elections Canada)
  • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
  • Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)
  • Parks Canada
  • Parole Board of Canada
  • Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Canada
  • Polar Knowledge Canada
  • Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)
  • Privy Council Office
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada / Public Works and Government Services
  • Shared Services Canada
  • Transportation Safety Board of Canada
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Women and Gender Equality Canada

Phase 2: 20 organizations

  • Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Department of Finance Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
  • Office of Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Statistics Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Veterans Affairs Canada

Phase 3: 44 organizations

  • Accessibility Standards Canada
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Energy Regulator
  • Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Canadian Grain Commission
  • Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat
  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP
  • Communications Security Establishment Canada
  • Copyright Board Canada
  • Courts Administration Service
  • Department of National Defence
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Farm Products Council of Canada
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
  • Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Invest in Canada Hub
  • Leaders' Debates Commission
  • Military Grievances External Review Committee
  • Military Police Complaints Commission
  • National Battlefields Commission
  • National Film Board
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • National Security and Intelligence Review Agency
  • Northern Pipeline Agency
  • Office of the Auditor General
  • Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada
  • Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada
  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
  • Office of the Correctional Investigator Canada
  • Office of the Governor General of Canada
  • Office of Information Commissioner of Canada
  • Office of the Intelligence Commissioner
  • Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Public Service Commission of Canada
  • Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee
  • Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians
  • Veterans Review and Appeal Board

For the purposes of reporting on meeting the minimum 5% target, the Canada Employment Insurance Commission's performance will be included as part of Employment and Social Development Canada's performance reporting and will not be listed as a separate reporting entity under phase 3.

For information on Indigenous business eligibility criteria, consult the Indigenous Business Directory.

Dialogue with Indigenous partners

As part of the mandatory requirement for a minimum of 5% of federal contracts to be awarded to Indigenous businesses, ISC is engaging with Indigenous partners. To learn more please consult Transformative Indigenous Procurement Strategy: dialogue with Indigenous partners.

To learn more

Indigenous Services Canada Report on the Mandatory Minimum 5% Target fiscal year 2022 to 2023

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