Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities
Over $2.2 billion has been committed in specific support to Indigenous and northern communities and organizations.
$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.
$82.5 million in mental health and wellness supports to help Indigenous communities adapt and expand mental wellness services, improving access and addressing growing demand, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
$112 million to support a safe return to elementary and secondary schools for First Nations on reserves.
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Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
Indigenous Services Canada
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