Jordan's Principle

The current eligibility criteria under Jordan's Principle include:

  • registered First Nations children living on or off reserve
  • First Nations children entitled to be registered under the Indian Act, including those who became entitled to register under the December 22, 2017 amended provisions of the Indian Act under Bill S-3
  • non-status Indigenous children who are ordinarily resident on reserve

Following the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Interim Motion Ruling in February 2019, First Nations children without Indian Act status, or not eligible for Indian Act status, who are living off reserve but are recognized as members by their Nation, and who have urgent or life-threatening needs, will be provided with the services required to meet those urgent needs or life threatening needs, pursuant to Jordan's Principle.

For more information, contact us.

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.

Helping First Nations children

Description: Helping First Nations children

Between July 2016 and May 31, 2019, more than 240,000 requests were approved under Jordan's Principle. These included:

  • speech therapy
  • educational 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

Since 2016, the Government has made available $679.9 million to Jordan's Principle to help with health, social and education services that are needed right away.

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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