Addressing former residential school buildings and sites on reserves

Funding currently closed

In 2021, Canada announced $100.1 million to support community plans to remediate former residential school buildings and sites on reserves. Currently, all available funds have been committed.


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About the funding

Residential school buildings hold painful memories.

In August 2021, the Government of Canada announced $100.1 million to help communities begin to address on-reserve school buildings and associated sites that were once used for residential schools. This funding is being delivered through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

Who can access funding

First Nations or delegated authorities, including tribal councils.

How to access funding

ISC Regional Offices have been contacting all eligible First Nations who once had residential schools located on their reserve to initiate a dialogue on how this funding can support their community.

If you have not been contacted and would like more information, please contact your local regional office or email:

Eligible activities

Funding is available to support activities related to residential schools that are:

Activities eligible for funding include:

This investment is the beginning of what will be a long and sensitive process to address former residential school infrastructure and related sites. The Government of Canada will continue to engage and work with Indigenous communities and partners to support the remediation of these sites across the country, including those not located on reserves.

Mental health supports

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all Indigenous peoples across Canada, by telephone and by online chat.

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program provides mental health, emotional and cultural support services to eligible former Indian residential school students and their families.

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