Nipissing First Nation

Site: Administration Office

Service: Economic Development

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations (WBAFN) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson Huron Treaty
Description (Service) Responsible for stimulating local economy and developing economic initiatives and opportunities for the community 
  • Provides information, training and educational workshops to enhance employability skills 
  • Posts employment opportunities at office  
  • Works to access funding for band-owned business ventures  
  • Provides coaching in areas such as business plan development and assistance in obtaining financial support for people wanting to start own business 
  • Maintains local business directory  
  • Responsible for development of plans for the use of traditional lands for community members
Small Business Loan Program 
Provides financial loans with flexibility in repayment schedules for: 
  • Self-employment ventures 
  • Home-based businesses 
  • Enabling entrepreneurs to build equity and gain experience 
  • Support to existing businesses that have difficulty obtaining financial assistance
Bingo Funds Distribution 
  • Allocates the profits generated by the Nipissing First Nation Bingo to participating NFN charities through a request for funds 
  • Amounts allocated are based on the specific needs of the charity and the NFN Finance Committee reviews each request and decides the allocation
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
Areas Served Nipissing First Nation
Eligibility Members of the Nipissing First Nation 
Small Business Loan Program 
Applicant must meet the following criteria: 
  • Must not have any outstanding arrears on debts with Nipissing First Nation 
  • Must have been denied credit or have not been provided with sufficient credit for the proposed business by at least 1 financial institution 
  • Must show an equity investment in the proposed business 
  • Must demonstrate the ability to repay the loan
Bingo Funds Distribution 
  • Must be a Nipissing First Nation registered charity
Application Small Business Loan Program 
  • Must provide a letter of intent which proves the eligibility requirements are met and provides a description of the proposed new or expanded business 
  • Must pay the processing fee 
  • Must submit a formal written proposal which includes a business plan and all financial information 
  • If proposal is accepted by Loan Committee, it is forwarded to Chief and Council for final approval
Bingo Funds Distribution 
  • Must submit a Request for Bingo Funds form which can be found on the website
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees Program - Minimal fee for processing Small Business Loan agreement ; None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-753-2050
Fax 705-753-0207
Primary Contact Thomas Lambert, Economic Development Officer; Phone: 705-753-2050 ext 6985 * 705-753-6985; Email:
Alternate Contact Michael Harney, Economic Development Manager; Phone: 705-753-2050 ext 1264; Email:
Site Location Community is approx 37 km W of North Bay off Hwy 17 at Dutrisac Rd, Sturgeon Falls
Located In Community Garden Village
Address 36 Semo Rd
Garden Village, ON P2B 3K2
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government
Funding Provincial ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)