New Paths for Education

This program funds projects and activities designed to improve the quality of education in First Nations schools and to enhance the educational experiences of students, teachers, administrators, parents and communities.

Budget 2016 is investing:

As of April 1, 2019 the New Paths regular program has been rolled into the core funding provided to First Nations through the Elementary and Secondary Education Program as part of the New policy and funding approach for First Nations kindergarten to grade 12 education. The innovation and research streams remain as proposal-based programs. To find out more:

The content of this webpage is for reference only and once all recipients of the former New Paths for Education funding have sent their financial reports, it will be deleted.

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About the program

With an annual budget of $50 million, New Paths funds a variety of school-based projects directly involving First Nations students, parents and caregivers, teachers and communities. Funds can also be provided to First Nations education authorities and regional education and management organizations to build capacity and develop governance for local schools. The level of funding for successful proposals is determined on a case-by-case basis, and depends overall on available funding both nationally and regionally.

Projects funded under New Paths are designed to produce long-term benefits that will improve education quality and academic achievement of First Nations students, including:

The specific objectives of the program are to:

For 2018-2019, there is one additional call for proposals for activities beyond the regular New Paths program call described on this page with further specific objectives:

Who can apply?

Band councils, or organizations designated by band councils, may submit proposals for regular New Paths funding.

For the 2018-2019 Innovation call, only national organizations designated by band councils may apply. Consult Innovation activities for more requirements.


The deadline to submit a proposal for regular New Paths funding was May 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The deadline to submit a proposal for Innovation activities was May 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

There is no 2018-19 Call for Proposals for Research, Measurement, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer activities, as all funds have already been allocated.

How to apply?

Proposals for regular New Paths funding are accepted once a year through a call for proposals. You can apply for regional funding or if your project covers more than one region you can apply for national funding.

For the Innovation call, please consult Innovation activities to find out how to apply.

For regular New Paths funding at either the regional or national level, applicants must:

If you have access to Indigenous Service Canada's Services Portal:

If you do not have access to the portal

Applicants are strongly encouraged to closely review the New Paths for Education: National Program Guidelines 2018-2019 before submitting an application.

To find out more, contact Indigenous Services Canada

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