Submit a request under Jordan’s Principle: Step 2. Who is covered

Important

If a child needs immediate care, please call 911 or your local emergency services number, or visit the nearest health facility.

Every child and situation is unique. Jordan's Principle can help.

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 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.

Step 2. Who is covered

A child under the Age of Majority in their province or territory of residence can access Jordan's Principle, if they permanently reside in Canada and are:

  • a First Nations child registered under the Indian Act living on or off reserve
  • a First Nations child 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
    • infants under 18 months
  • an Indigenous child, including a non-status First Nations child who ordinarily lives on reserve

Ordinarily resident on reserve means that an Indigenous child:

  • lives on reserve
  • normally lives on reserve even if the child or one of the members of their household (i.e. sibling, parent, extended family living with child) may have been required to spend some time away temporarily from the community to access services such as health care or education where there are no other comparable services available in the community
  • was ordinarily resident on reserve immediately prior to accessing Jordan's Principle
  • is a dependent of a family that maintains a primary residence on-reserve
  • returns to live on reserve with parents, guardians or caregivers during the year, even if they live elsewhere while attending school or to receive medical care or other services
  • meets student eligibility requirements in Yukon Territory

A child taken into care of a Child and Family Services Agency or into a kinship or informal agreement is considered ordinarily resident on reserve where:

  • the child's parent or guardian lived on reserve at the time the child was taken into care; or
  • a child goes into the care of a guardian who lives on reserve.

Requests for Inuit children can be made through the Inuit Child First Initiative.

Please contact us if you're not sure how to help an Indigenous child who needs access to products, supports and services.

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