Community Services

Economic Development  – Rachel Big Canoe
P: 705-437-1337 ext. 2224

Interim Economic Development Assistant – Tammy Duguay                                                                

Portfolio Holder – Councillor William McCue
P: 705-437-1337 ext. 2239

The Georgina Island Economic Department is working to create  local economic opportunities and a high quality of life for our community through:


Training and job creation

Business development and support

Sustainable development

Community workshops

Partnerships and investments

 The goals of the Economic Development Department are to generate partnerships, develop infrastructure projects, ensure financial growth and build a strong, sustainable First Nation.

The Economic Development Training Fund
This is a limited fund designed to provide financial assistance to First Nation members for training to help overcome skill-based barriers.

Funds may be used for:
Top-up wages for training programs such as OTTER Program
Tuition fees not covered under Post-Secondary Education funding
Course costs such as Driver’s Education, Health & Safety
Fees for certificates, exams and licenses
Transportation and accommodation costs related to training when in excess of department budgets.
 To find out more about criteria and eligibility, see link below or contact Rachel Big Canoe or Tammy Duguay.

Training Employment and Development Fund Request


The Chippewas of Georgina Island developed the Island View Business Centre in 2016 as an economic driver for our community. It is a business hub that includes Virginia Beach Marina, the Boondocks Eatery, Tobacco Trails Smoke Shop , Retail and Lotto, Daawegamig, the First Nation Lands Management Office, and Holder Law Firm.

For information about any of these businesses, go to Island View Business Centre Website  or Island View Facebook Page


Hugh (Buzzy) Big Canoe Youth Entrepreneurship Program 2023/24 Call for Applications

HBC Program Feb 2024

2024 HBC Application PDF fillable


Business Links/Funding Resources                                                          

Waubetek Emergency Funding Poster for First Nation Business Owners affected by the COVID-19 Shutdown

Ogemawahj Tribal Council – OTTER Board  

Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario        

Georgina Island Business Directory               

Indigenous Economic Development Fund

Indigenous Business Development      

Waubetek Business Development Corporation

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Ontario Business Website        Business, workplace, and economy |


Job Search Websites/Resume Builders/Entrepreneurship

Job Bank                                               

Entrepreneur Assistance                       


Indigenous Women in Business – Links and Resources

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Native Women’s Association of Canada

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise  

Indigenous Scholarship Program – Bird Heavy Civil Ltd.

Employment/Subcontracting Opportunities with Bird Construction

Ontario Power Generation Bid Opportunity

ATTENTION Indigenous General Contractors!  Opportunity to submit bid for Ontario Power Generation RFP.  

Request for Proposal for Indigenous General Contractors Vendor of Record.   There are contact names at the bottom of the pdf if there are any businesses interested in hearing about this opportunity.