Metis Community Business Fund (MCBF)

About the Program:

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is providing business supports to Métis community or collectively owned businesses and microbusinesses whose revenues have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Metis Community Business Fund (MCBF) will provide non-repayable financial contributions to strengthen operations and increase business viability during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of positioning businesses for recovery. The fund will support businesses that do not qualify for other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures.

Who can Apply:

To apply for the MCBF the following criteria must be met:

  • The business must be Metis owned and controlled
  • Applicants must provide a clear copy of your MMF Citizenship Card or letter from MMF Central Registry Office (CRO) confirming an accepted application has been processed and approved for all Metis owners
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  • The business must have four or less employees
  • Business must have been in operation since October 1, 2019
  • Business must be located within Manitoba
  • Business and or applicant must not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • An applicant that has previously received funds from one of the following programs may not be eligible:
    • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
    • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
    • Metis Emergency Business Loan (MEBL)


Examples of possible funding activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Capital lease payments for existing equipment and machinery
  • Salaries and benefits, at the same rate as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and only if ineligible
  • Utilities
  • Professional fees
  • Monthly insurance payments
  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Operating costs or capital expenditures related to adapting the business and services for recovery

Application for Community OR Collectively Owned Businesses

Application for Microbusinesses