Indigenous Community Support Fund
This fund helps Indigenous communities prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
On August 12, the Government of Canada announced an additional $305 million for the Indigenous Community Support Fund. More information will be available soon on this webpage.
About the fund
The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis is and will remain a top priority for all.
Canada recognizes that First Nations, Inuit and Métis are among the most vulnerable and that during this crisis, in particular, those in remote and fly-in only parts of the country are uniquely vulnerable. Communities are incredibly resilient and full of solutions and innovative ideas. This is why we must support distinctions-based measures to improve public health response for Indigenous communities and provide them with the flexibility they need to address the specific needs identified by communities and their members.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This plan includes $305 million for a new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. A portion of these funds will be set aside to support to regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations. This portion was increased from $15 million to $90 million on May 21 for a total fund of $380 million.
On August 12, the Government of Canada announced an additional $305 million for the Indigenous Community Support Fund. It will be distributed through a combination of allocations directly to First Nations, Inuit and Métis leadership, and needs-based funding, which will be application driven. This funding will be available to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, as well as Indigenous communities and organizations serving Indigenous peoples, including First Nations living off-reserve as well as Inuit and Metis living in urban centres. Information will be available soon on this webpage. These investments bring the Indigenous Community Support Fund to $685 million in total.
This fund provides Indigenous leadership with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to prepare for and react to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. These funds could be used for measures including, but not limited to:
- support for Elders and vulnerable community members
- measures to address food insecurity
- educational and other support for children
- mental health assistance and emergency response services
- preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
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As shown in the map, the Indigenous Community Support Fund is distributed as follows (this does not yet include the additional August 12 funding):
- $215 million for First Nations: allocated to each First Nation based on population, remoteness and community well-being
- $45 million for Inuit: allocated to each of the 4 land claims organizations through an allocation determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and regional Inuit land claims organizations
- $30 million for Métis Nation communities: allocated to each of the governing members
- 15 million plus another $75 million announced in May for a total of $90 million for Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or A list identifying Indigenous Community Support Fund allocations to each community and organization is available but does not yet include the additional August 12 funding.
A list identifying Indigenous Community Support Fund allocations to each community and organization is available but does not yet include the additional August 12 funding.
Who this supports
- First Nations communities (including self-governing and modern treaty nations)
- Inuit communities in Inuit Nunangat
- Métis governing members in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario
- Urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations
There is no deadline for communities. The funding is flowing through existing agreements.
The $90 million dedicated to Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or First Nations peoples off reserve was allocated through a call for proposals . This process is now closed.
How it works
This does not yet include the additional August 12 funding.
On-reserve and self-governing First Nations communities are receiving funding directly from ISC. The amount provided to each community takes into account a base amount of $50,000 per community, the total population residing in community (based on 2016 Census population) and is adjusted for remoteness and community wellbeing index scores.
Inuit Nunangat Regions received funding directly from ISC. Distribution of funding among Inuit Regional Corporations was in accordance with the general regional allocation funding formula agreed to by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Board of Directors in December 2019 as noted in Resolution #B20-03-01 of March 23, 2020.
Métis received funding through existing mechanisms to facilitate the speed at which funding can be received. A standard distribution model was applied to decide how much each region received.
Call for proposals for urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities
Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or First Nations peoples off reserve applied for this funding through a call for proposals. This call is now closed and the funding is being distributed.
To find out more please contact your regional office.