Submit a request under Jordan's Principle: Step 8. How to appeal decisions


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

Step 8. How to appeal decisions

Appeals to decisions under Jordan's Principle can be sent to regional representatives across Canada. They will help you start the appeal and work with you throughout the process.

If a request is denied, the requester may appeal the decision within 1 year of the date of denial. To do so, they must send in a written request to their regional Jordan's Principle representative.

At a minimum, the request for appeal must contain:

  • the child's name and date of birth
  • the product or service requested
  • the date of denial and a copy of the Jordan's Principle denial letter (if available)

Although it is not required to begin an appeal, you may also include additional information, such as:

  • assessments
  • information showing that the request will help ensure:
    • substantive equality
    • access to a culturally appropriate service
    • meet the best interests of the child

New or additional information is not needed in order to start an appeal.The appeal process can take up to 30 business days.

Sending a request for appeal

An individual can appeal a decision on behalf of an eligible child as described in Step 2. Who is covered, including

  • a parent or guardian of that child
  • a First Nations child, or an Indigenous child ordinarily resident on reserve at the Age of Consent in their province or territory of residence
  • an authorized representative of the child, parent or guardian

Requests for appeals for a group of children from multiple families or guardians can be submitted by:

  • the community or group that submitted the request

Please contact us if you have:

  • any questions
  • new information about any request under Jordan's Principle that was submitted or denied between 2007 and 2017
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