Community Services

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 Marlene Stiles or Rachel Big Canoe.

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, 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



Economic Development Officer – Marlene Stiles
P: 705-437-1337 ext. 2237

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

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



Posted March 4, 2021
Hugh “Buzzy” Big Canoe Youth Entrepreneurship Program
Hugh “Buzzy” Big Canoe Youth Entrepreneurship Program Application Form


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