Family Violence Prevention Program
The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) funds the operations of emergency shelters and transitional (second stage) housing to improve the safety and security of Indigenous women, children, families and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people across Canada, including in the North and in urban centres. FVPP also provides funding for community-driven proposals for family violence prevention projects.
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About the program
Shelters and transition homes that serve First Nations, Inuit, Métis, urban and Northern communities across Canada provide vital services to Indigenous women, children, families and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people facing violent situations.
The program also funds activities and key supports to help prevent future violence.
The program funds:
- shelter and transitional (second stage) housing
- daily operations
- reimbursements to Alberta and Yukon First Nations access to off-reserve shelters
- capacity building support through:
- training forums
- development and distribution of resources and research
- culturally-appropriate community-driven violence prevention activities such as:
- public awareness campaigns
- stress and anger management seminars
- support groups
- Métis engagement on assessing shelter needs and community violence prevention activities focused on Métis women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+
The program supports activities that increase awareness of gender-based violence and provide families and communities with:
- tools to address violence such as treatment and intervention
- culturally sensitive services (Elder and traditional teachings)
- awareness and self-development projects
Family violence activities of various scopes are funded each year to support Indigenous communities across Canada.
The program also provides core funding to the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence to act as a national coordinator by supporting Indigenous-led shelters and their staff through:
- training forums
- violence prevention activities
- research and collaboration with key partners
For more information about budget investments to prevent family violence consult:
Who can apply?
For detailed information about who may apply for funding for different types of projects, consult:
There are 3 different application processes:
Shelters and transition homes
Funding is available to support shelters and transition homes for Indigenous women, children, families and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people across Canada, including in the North and in urban centres.
You can apply for funding at any time until December 2023. The review of applications will be ongoing and the selection of eligible applications will be conducted in phases twice a year at a minimum.
To find out more, visit:
You can also submit an application for Inuit-specific shelters. To find out more about the deadline to apply, visit:
Violence prevention activities
The 2021 to 2022 call for proposals for violence prevention activities will open shortly.
How to apply
Whether you are applying for shelters and transition housing or family violence prevention activities, you should consult:
- program guidelines 2021 to 2022 (will be available soon)
- terms and conditions
Shelters and transition housing
For more information regarding the application process for shelters and transition housing, consult:
You can also submit an application for Inuit-specific shelters. To find out more about the application process, visit:
If you'd like to talk to someone about the shelters and transition housing initiative, contact the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Indigenous and Northern Housing Solutions specialists for your region.
Violence prevention activities on reserve
In some regions, First Nations regional boards are authorized by chiefs to administer violence 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 violence prevention funding should contact their ISC regional office.
Violence prevention activities across Canada (proposal-based)
The 2021 to 2022 call for proposals will open shortly.
The 2019 to 2020 call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 8, 2019.
For any questions relating to violence prevention activities nationally, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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