Jordan's Principle

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. It can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.

Jordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba.

From July 2016 to March 2018, more than 70,000 requests were approved under Jordan's Principle. These included:

  • respite care
  • speech therapy
  • schooling supports
  • medical equipment
  • mental health services
  • and more

A legal rule

In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) determined that our approach to services for First Nations children was discriminatory. One way we are addressing this is through a renewed approach to Jordan's Principle.

Since the ruling, the CHRT has issued a number of follow-up orders about Jordan's Principle. In May 2017, the CHRT ordered "substantive equality" under Jordan's Principle for First Nations children. This means giving extra help when it is needed so First Nations children have an equal chance to thrive.

What we are doing

We are supporting children who need help right away and making long-term changes for the future.

For the long-term, we are working to build better structures and funding models. These will make sure First Nations children get the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. To do this, we are working closely with:

  • provinces
  • territories
  • Indigenous partners
  • service organizations

In the short-term, a fund of $382.5 million has been set up. This pays for health, social and education products, services and supports that are needed right away. The fund will be available from 2016 to 2019.

Local service coordinators have been hired in communities across Canada. They can help families who:

  • have questions about Jordan's Principle
  • would like to submit a request for products, services or supports under Jordan's Principle

We fund these coordinators, who are staffed by:

  • local tribal councils
  • First Nations communities
  • regional health authorities
  • Indigenous non-governmental organizations, etc.

We also have staff across the country dedicated full-time to Jordan's Principle. They work closely with the local coordinators to make sure all requests are processed as quickly as possible.

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