Jordan's Principle

To find out who's covered under Jordan's Principle, visit Step 2. Who is covered

COVID-19

During the coronavirus outbreak, Jordan’s Principle services will continue.

Updates:

  • Clarification: Jordan's Principle helps First Nations children get support as recommended by a professional to meet an identified health, education or social need. For example, physiotherapy may be funded to help a child having trouble with motor skills.  For support and up-to-date information on COVID-19, speak with your First Nation's leadership or visit COVID-19 and Indigenous communities.
  • On November 29, 2019, the Federal Court issued its ruling in response to 2 motions relating to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling on compensation for First Nations children and families.

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.

Jordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba.

Requests for Inuit children can be made through the Inuit Child First Initiative.

Helping First Nations children

Description: Helping First Nations children

Between July 2016 and March 31, 2020, more than 572,000 products, services and supports were approved under Jordan's Principle. These included:

  • speech therapy
  • educational supports
  • medical equipment
  • mental health services
  • and more

A legal rule

In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) determined the Government of Canada's approach to services for First Nations children was discriminatory. One way we are addressing this is through a renewed approach to Jordan's Principle.

Since the ruling, the CHRT has issued a number of follow-up orders about Jordan's Principle. In May 2017, the CHRT ordered that the needs of each individual child must be considered, to ensure the following is taken into account under Jordan's Principle:

This means giving extra help when it is needed so First Nations children have an equal chance to thrive.

What we are doing

We are supporting children who need help right away and are making long-term changes for the future, such as through reforming child and family services.

For the long-term, we are working to build better structures and funding models. These will make sure First Nations children living in Canada get the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. To do this, we are working closely with:

Since 2016, the Government has made available $679.9 million to Jordan's Principle to help with health, social and education services that are needed right away.

Local service coordinators have been hired in communities across Canada. They can help families who:

We fund these coordinators, who are staffed by:

We also have staff across the country dedicated full-time to Jordan's Principle. They work closely with the local coordinators to make sure all requests are processed as quickly as possible.

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