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Indigenous individuals

If your CERB benefits have ended and you have not yet transitioned to the new EI programs, please contact your band administrator about other possible support including the On-reserve Income Assistance program.


Indigenous organizations and communities

New funding is available to support organizations and communities during this difficult time.

To address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities, a new fund was created including a needs-based application process, for a fund total of over $1 billion:

To partially offset declines in own-source revenues so that First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities can continue to provide important community programs and services to their members a new $332.8 million fund was created:

To help protect Elders and people in long-term care facilities, new funding of $186.8 million to support needs and gaps in those facilities and to provide additional home care in Indigenous communities.

To help early learning and child care facilities operate safely during the pandemic, new funding of $120.7 million:

To help First Nations adapt their on-reserve community infrastructure and implement public health and safety measures, including hiring staff, new funding of:

To help Indigenous post-secondary institutions address increased costs and financial uncertainty resulting from the pandemic, new funding of $25.9 million:

To help address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians, including Indigenous bodies and organizations, new funding of $1 billion:

To create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options and apply digital solutions:

To address COVID-19 health response, income support and shelters for Indigenous peoples and communities, new funding of $650 million:

Other COVID-19 related new funding:

Safe return to school

Indigenous Services Canada continues to work with partners to address challenges related to the re-opening of schools and how to best respond to the pressures they face. We support educational, health and other measures for children, such as procuring non-medical face masks, acrylic sheets (plexiglass) retrofits and hand sanitizing stations for schools in First Nations communities. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting a safe return to school, while recognizing First Nations will make decisions about their own schools reopening based on what they feel is safest for students and their families.


Indigenous businesses

Small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses can:


Indigenous students

Special measures to repay a student loan:

Support provided to post-secondary students and recent post-secondary and high school graduates unable to find work during COVID-19:

Support through Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:

An additional $75.2 million to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education:

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