Government of Canada announces funding for Indigenous communities and organizations to support community-based responses to COVID-19
“Health and safety remains our priority and we will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous communities and organizations to support a strong and comprehensive pandemic response. This funding offers further concrete support for on-the-ground community solutions that respond to the unique needs and circumstances of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis wherever they reside.”
The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
Over $2 billion has been committed in specific support to Indigenous and northern communities and organizations, including the funding announced today.
- $285.1 million to support the ongoing public health response to COVID-19 in Indigenous communities.
- $685 million for the distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund.
- $10 million for emergency family violence prevention shelters on reserve and in Yukon to support women and children fleeing violence.
- $72.6 million for health and social services support to the governments of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
- $34.3 million for territorial businesses, through CanNor’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.
- $25 million for enhancement to the Nutrition North Canada Subsidy.
- $17.3 million in support for Northern Air Carriers.
- $15 million for CanNor’s Northern Business Relief Fund.
- Up to $306.8 million in interest-free loans to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses.
- $75.2 million in 2020-21 in distinctions-based support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education.
- $270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program to address increased demand on the program, which will help individuals and families meet their essential living expenses.
- $44.8 million over five years to build 12 new shelters, which will help protect and support Indigenous women and girls experiencing and fleeing violence. The Government of Canada will also provide $40.8 million to support operational costs for these new shelters over the first five years, and $10.2 million annually ongoing. Starting this year, $1 million a year ongoing will also be provided to support engagement with Métis leaders and service providers on shelter provision and community-led violence prevention projects for Métis women, girls, LGBTQ and two-spirited people.
- $117 million in new funding to support community-owned Indigenous businesses and $16 million in new funding to support Indigenous tourism through the pandemic and into recovery.
In addition to providing support to hundreds of Indigenous communities across the country, the Indigenous Community Support Fund has supported approximately 260 Indigenous organizations serving Indigenous peoples in urban centres.
For more information, media may contact:
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
Indigenous Services Canada
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