Own-Source Revenue in Indigenous Communities Initiative
Funding limit increases
The maximum amount of funding a recipient can receive has increased from $1 million to $3 million. If you previously submitted an application that was approved for funding by Indigenous Services Canada and that demonstrates more than $1 million of lost own-source revenue, Indigenous Services Canada will contact you shortly to advise of a potential increase to your funding.
This initiative helps to partially offset declines in own-source revenues due to COVID-19. This funding will help First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities continue to provide core community programs and important services to their members.
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About the initiative
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many Indigenous communities to experience a decline in own-source revenue. Because of this reduction in own-source revenue, many communities have faced challenges in providing—or have been unable to provide—important programs and services to their community members. The Own-Source Revenue in Indigenous Communities Initiative (OSRICI) is providing $332.8 million in funding 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.
Who can apply
The OSRICI is open to:
- all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities
- self-governing and Modern Treaty First Nations
- tribal councils or community governments
To be eligible for this initiative, Indigenous communities must have experienced an own-source revenue decline in 2020-2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Own-source revenue is money communities collect from business ventures, property taxes or other activities, including commercial leasing and tax revenues.
The decline in own-source revenue must be demonstrated, for example, as a year-over-year loss using audited consolidated financial statements.
Funding under this initiative is not meant to overlap with other existing COVID-19 measures, such as the Indigenous Community Business Fund, the Indigenous Community Support Fund, or any other COVID-19 measures related to health, economic, and social support.
Applications must be submitted to the appropriate Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) office by November 30, 2021.
How to apply
Your regional office will be sending out a call for application which will include the application form along with the guidelines. Please complete this application form when requesting funding. Your application package must also include:
- an audited financial statement or unaudited revenue statement reporting own-source revenue for 2019-2020, attested to or authenticated by an external auditor or financial representative of the community
- an audited financial statement for 2020-2021 or unaudited revenue statement reporting own-source revenue for 2020-2021, attested to or authenticated by an external auditor or financial representative of the community
- an external services fee invoice, if applicable
- other supporting documents, if required.
Send your application package to the appropriate regional office (see contact list below).
Please make sure to provide all required documents so that there are no delays in the approval process.
Where to send your application
First Nations communities, tribal councils and community governments must submit their application to their ISC regional office using one of the following email addresses:
Self-governing First Nations, Inuit and Métis must email their application to ISC headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help filling out your application
- First Nations can contact their ISC regional office for assistance in completing the application form or preparing other supporting documents.
- Self-governing and Modern Treaty First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities can email ISC headquarters for assistance in completing the application form or preparing other supporting documents.
- All First Nations can contact the First Nations Financial Management Board for help completing the application form or other supporting documents.
- Taxing First Nations can contact the First Nations Tax Commission for assistance with their application or other supporting documents.
- First Nations in Quebec and Labrador can contact the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission for help completing the application form or other supporting documents.
To offset the costs of preparing applications, financial support will be available to successful applicants. Applicants who are unsuccessful will not be eligible for this support.
Applicants who hire a third party to help prepare the application, including financial statements, may be eligible for a maximum of $10,000 (invoice required).
Alternatively, applicants who prepare their application, including financial statements, within the community may be eligible for $5,000.
How we will assess applications
ISC will assess applications in the order they are received. Applications will be screened for eligibility before proceeding to an assessment process which will determine the amount of funding for which they may be eligible.
Examples of core community programs include:
- education programs
- health programs
- housing programs
- water services
- community infrastructure development and maintenance programs.
Examples of important services include:
- language preservation and cultural programming
- income support for Elders
- outreach and aid to the distressed and disadvantaged
- training and development programs.