Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy

Financial assistance to support Inuit students pursuing postsecondary education.


To ensure that Inuit students have the same opportunities for success as other students in Canada, Budget 2019 has been investing $125.5 million over 10 years, beginning in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, and $21.8 million ongoing for the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy. The strategy is designed specifically through engagement coordinated by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in collaboration with the Inuit land-claim organizations.

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About the strategy

This strategy reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to a renewed relationship with Inuit, based on the principles of reconciliation, including:

The goal of the strategy is to close the post-secondary education attainment gap between Inuit students and non-Indigenous students in Canada through distinctions-based and regionally delivery strategic support. This transformational approach includes:

Student financial support

Funding is allocated annually for direct financial support for Inuit post-secondary students. Eligible expenses include:

  • transcript and application fees
  • tuition and other students fees
  • initial professional certification and examination fees
  • books and supplies
  • supplemental tutorial, guidance and counseling services
  • living expenses, including for dependents, if applicable
  • transportation support when needed
  • expenses associated with travel home, including for dependents, as applicable
  • child care as needed

Programs and services

Funding is allocated annually for activities based on local needs assessments to promote students' pursuit of post-secondary education and the attainment of a credential. These include:

  • academic readiness and support
  • wraparound services to students and their families such as:
    • student-peer mentorship
    • career counselling
    • Elder guidance
    • student cultural support
  • outreach and navigation services
  • cultural education and life-skills development
  • information technology and remote location access to allow students the opportunity to complete distance education or online courses from their home communities

Community engagement

Funding is allocated annually for community-level activities focused on the benefits of post-secondary accreditation and preparing students leaving for post-secondary education. Eligible activities include:

  • local sessions for prospective students about post-secondary opportunities, course offerings and program eligibility
  • facilitating peer-to-peer transitions between prospective Inuit post-secondary students and alumni
  • creating awareness, showcasing and celebrating success of alumni

National coordination

To support the delivery of this strategy, 5% of annual funding will be provided to the National Coordination Secretariat (to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) for staffing, information and physical infrastructure necessary to meet local and regional needs.

Eligible expenses include:

  • data collection and management
  • needs assessment and analysis
  • engagement and partnerships
  • management of processes and systems to support delivery
  • development of culturally relevant content or curricula, as required

Who can apply

Initial recipients

Initial recipients eligible to have a funding agreement with Indigenous Services Canada in the fiscal year 2024 to 2025 are:

Each Inuit initial recipient will determine the mechanisms for funding distribution to the eligible ultimate recipients.

The National Coordination Secretariat will be determined by consensus of all Inuit land-claim organizations or their designates.

Ultimate recipients

Those who are eligible to receive funding distributed by the initial recipients are:

  • Inuit who are:
    • beneficiaries of an Inuit land-claims agreement
    • who reside in Canada
  • community, education organizations and regional service providers, including, but not limited to:
    • child care services
    • employment programs
    • mental health supports
  • post-secondary institutions generally recognized through an accrediting body such as:
    • Universities Canada
    • Colleges and Institutes Canada
    • other professional associations and certification boards


Inuit students, services providers and post-secondary institutions who are interested in accessing available funding should consult Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami or their respective Inuit land-claim organization.

How to apply

Inuit students, service providers and post-secondary institutions who are interested in accessing available funding should consult Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami or their respective Inuit land-claim organization.

To learn more about accessing Post-Secondary Education funding, please refer to the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy: National Guidelines 2023 to 2024.

Additional financial assistance for Inuit students

The Canada Student Financial Assistance Program offers grants and loans to full-time and part-time students to help pay for their post-secondary education.

To apply in your province or territory, please visit: Canada Student Grants and Loans.

You might also be interested in learning about other financial assistance that may be available to you:

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