Family Violence Prevention Program

COVID-19: Additional $10 million for shelters

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Government of Canada is investing an additional $10 million to support shelters in First Nations communities. There is no need to apply, the funding will be distributed through existing agreements.


Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)'s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) supports the day-to-day operations of 46 shelters, as well as funding for community-driven proposals for family violence prevention projects on and off reserve.

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About the program

The goal of the program is to improve the safety and security of Indigenous women, children and families. It has 2 components for funding:

Shelters serving First Nations communities across Canada provide vital refuge for women and their children, help them escape violent situations and provide education and support to prevent future violence.

The program supports activities that increase awareness of family violence and provide families and communities with:

Over 300 family violence prevention projects are supported each year.

The program also provides core funding to the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence to act as a national coordinator by supporting shelters and their staff through training forums, prevention activities, research and collaboration with key partners.

Additional funding

As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the government of Canada will provide up to $10 million to ISC's network of shelters on reserve and in Yukon to help them manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities. The funding is being distributed through ISC's regional offices through existing contribution agreements and using FVPP authorities.

Eligible recipients are the 46 shelters currently receiving operational funding through the FVPP. The amount for each shelter was determined using a formula that includes factors such as on-reserve population, remoteness and number of beds.

In addition, $44.8 million is also being allocated to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation over 5 years to build 10 new shelters in First Nations communities on reserve across the country and 2 in the territories, to support Indigenous women and children escaping violence. Indigenous Services Canada will invest $40.8 million in operational funding for these new shelters over 5 years and $10.2 million annually thereafter. This will bring the total number of ISC's network of shelters to 58.

Also, as part of the Government of Canada's response to the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Indigenous Services Canada will provide $1 million a year ongoing, starting in 2020, to support engagement with Métis leaders and service providers on shelter provision and community-led violence prevention projects for Métis women, girls, LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people.

The FVPP has an annual budget of $39.3 million on an ongoing basis to support shelters and family violence prevention activities on and off reserve.

In 2017 to 2018, 3,763 women and 1,803 children accessed shelter services, not including Yukon. Some 329 First Nations communities (55%) are served by the ISC-funded shelters.

The Government of Canada takes the issue of violence against Indigenous women very seriously and will continue to work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous peoples and other partners to develop effective and appropriate solutions. The FVPP is part of Government of Canada efforts to end violence against women and girls and stop family violence.

For more information on Government of Canada initiatives to end violence against Indigenous women and girls, consult:

Who can apply?

Eligible recipients Shelter operations Shelter capacity Prevention and awareness
First Nations in Canada (such as communities, bands, district, tribal councils and associations) Yes Yes Yes
Indigenous organizations located in the territories Yes Yes Yes
Indigenous organizations located on and off reserve** Yes* Yes* Yes
National Indigenous Organizations No Yes Yes
Provincial and territorial governments Yes No No
Non-governmental and voluntary associations and organizations, including non-profit corporations No No Yes
Educational or research institutions and associations No No Yes

*With support such as Band, Tribal Council, land claim organizations or self government.

**First Nations shelters may be managed by an off-reserve entity but shelters must primarily serve women, children, and families ordinarily resident on reserve.

On an exceptional basis, individuals deemed capable of conducting family violence prevention activities with support from an Indigenous organization can be considered for funding.

A recipient must have the legal capacity to enter into a funding agreement.


Shelters receive annual operational funding on an ongoing basis in April of each year.

There was a call for proposals for off reserve projects with a deadline of March 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

How to apply?

Prevention activities on reserve

In some regions, First Nations regional boards are authorized by Chiefs to administer prevention funds by collecting, reviewing and approving proposals for projects. The First Nations regional boards also take on a strategic visioning and coordinating role by targeting specific needs (such as an annual youth conference) in the area of family violence.

To find out more, please contact your ISC regional office.

ISC-funded shelters wishing to apply for prevention funding should contact their ISC regional office.

Prevention activities off reserve (proposal-based)

The 2019-2020 call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

The 2018-2019 call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was April 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

The 2017-2018 call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

The 2016-2017 call for proposals is now closed.

For any questions relating to prevention activities off reserve, please send an email to

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