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.

Who is eligible

An Indigenous business can be:

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.

In instances where 1 or more Indigenous businesses, as defined under the rules of PSIB, are involved in a contract with 1 or more non-Indigenous businesses or individual contractors, 33% of the total monetary value of the work contracted for must be performed by Indigenous businesses.

The bidder must certify in its submitted bid that it is an Indigenous business or a joint venture constituted as described above.

To learn more about PSIB eligibility requirements, visit Audit information.

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:


For further advice and guidance, contact

Contact us

Business Development
Indigenous Services Canada
10 Wellington Street
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H4
Tel: 1-800-400-7677
Fax: 819-956-9837

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