Indigenous Community Support Fund

This fund helps Indigenous communities prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Additional funding

$75 million in new funding has been announced for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve. More information about this funding will be available soon.

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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 Nation, 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.

These new funds will provide 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:

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As shown in the map, the Indigenous Community Support Fund will be distributed as follows:

  • $215 million for First Nations: allocated to each First Nation based on population, remoteness and community well-being
  • $45 million for Inuit, which will flow to each of the four land claims organizations through an allocation determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and regional Inuit land claims organizations
  • $30 million for Métis Nation communities, which will flow through each of the Governing Members
  • $15 million for Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or off reserve such as Friendship Centres, Métis Settlements General Council of Alberta and Métis in the Northwest Territories

Funds will be allocated regionally as follows:

  • British Columbia
    • First Nations will receive $39,567,000
    • Métis will receive $3,750,000
  • Alberta
    • First Nations will receive $26,267,000
    • Métis will receive $7,500,000
  • Saskatchewan
    • First Nations will receive $30,188,000
    • Métis will receive $7,500,000
  • Manitoba
    • First Nations will receive $35,910,000
    • Métis will receive $7,500,000
  • Ontario
    • First Nations will receive $37,581,000
    • Métis will receive $3,750,000
  • Quebec
    • First Nations will receive $24,882,000
    • Inuit will receive $11,250,000
  • Atlantic
    • First Nations will receive $10,559,000
    • Inuit will receive $5,355,000
  • Yukon
    • First Nations will receive $3,901,000
  • Northwest Territories
    • First Nations will receive $6,144,000
    • Inuit will receive $5,850,000
  • Nunavut
    • Inuit will receive $22,545,000
  • Indigenous organizations
    • $15,000,000 has been set aside for funding that will be distributed through a call for proposals process for urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities

Who this supports

Deadline

There is no deadline for communities. The funding will flow as quickly as possible through existing agreements.

The deadline for the call for the proposals for Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or off reserve was April 13, 2020.

How it works

Communities identified jointly by Indigenous Services Canada, the National Indigenous Organizations and other Indigenous leaders, based on emergency needs, do not need to apply.

First Nations

On-reserve and self-governing First Nations communities will receive funding directly from ISC. The amount provided to each community will take into account a base amount of $50,000 per community, the total population residing in community (based on 2016 Census population), and will be adjusted for remoteness and Community Wellbeing Index scores.

Inuit

Inuit Nunangat Regions will receive funding directly from ISC. Distribution of funding among Inuit Regional Corporations will be 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

Métis will receive 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 will receive.

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 off reserve need to apply through a call for proposals. The call was launched April 6, 2020 and the deadline to submit proposals is April 13, 2020.

Contact us

To find out more please contact your regional office.

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