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The following links will help you research programs that are available to get your new business off the ground or grow an existing business.

Resources - Business  Business Financing  Wage Subsidy Programs  Business Tax Credit Programs






2018 Funding Now Available nditrdbnlogo

Many municipalities in our region have, or are currently , participating in the Building Façade Improvement Program.

The RDBN is pleased to partner with NDIT to ensure that unincorporated communities along Highway 16 will also be eligible.

If you have a business in a commercially zoned building in Topley, Fort Fraser or Endako, funding is now available for improvements to your building façade. Grants for projects meeting the eligibility criteria are available on a first come– first served basis.

Grants for up to $5,000 are available

For up to 50% of the budget for projects that increase the appeal of your business.

Q: Does my business qualify?
A: Give us a call, we can certainly let you know.

Q: What kind of improvements can I make?
A: A complete list can be found in our guidelines, but projects can include new siding, paint, awnings, and other architectural features.

Q: What about accessibility projects, will they qualify?
A: Yes, accessibility projects can qualify for this funding if they are part of a larger improvement project.

If you  have any questions please email