Community and Commerce: A Survey of Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations in Ontario

This 2015 edition of Community and Commerce Ontario builds on 2013 research also conducted in Ontario, as well as a 2011 national survey of Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations (AEDCs). Reports for the 2015 edition of Community and Commerce Ontario, as well as the two previous editions, are available for download on the left of this page.

AEDCs are an important dimension of the Aboriginal business community. AEDCs are the economic and business development arm of a First Nations, Métis or Inuit government, and are a major economic driver in Aboriginal communities. These community-owned corporations invest in, own and/or manage subsidiary businesses with the goal of benefiting the Aboriginal citizens that they represent.

Many AEDCs have become business success stories, and the dynamism in Aboriginal economic development appears to come as much from community-owned as from privately-owned businesses. Yet, the available data on Aboriginal businesses typically do not include businesses that are community-owned.

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