Canada–Nunavut transfer payment agreement on the implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender Based Violence


His Majesty The King in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and including any person duly authorized to represent it (hereinafter referred to as “Canada”)

The Government of Nunavut as represented by the Minister of Family Services, and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, (hereinafter referred to as “Nunavut”)

Hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Parties”.


Whereas, Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality’s powers, duties and functions include the advancement of equality, including social, economic and political equality, with respect to sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression;

Whereas, the mandate of the Government of Nunavut’s Minister of Family Services is responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of children from abuse and harm and from the threat of abuse and harm, the well-being of families in Nunavut, and the safety and protection of women and children from violence and harm, with respect to the impacts of both historical and ongoing colonization and intergenerational trauma.;

Whereas, preventing and addressing gender-based violence necessitates coordinated and collaborative actions from federal, provincial, and territorial governments, each working within their respective jurisdictional authorities, in partnership with survivors, Indigenous partners, civil society, front-line service providers, municipalities, the private sector and researchers;

Whereas, on November 8th, 2022, at the 40th Annual Meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women, Ministers endorsed the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (hereinafter referred to as the “NAP to End GBV”); a ten-year, collaborative approach to ending gender-based violence (hereinafter referred to as “GBV”); 

Whereas, joint efforts in support of the NAP to End GBV will align with and complement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, and as well as align with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ)/Inuit Societal Values (ISV) in Nunavut’s efforts to eliminate GBV.

Whereas, the federal government’s Budget 2022 provided $539.3 million over five years (2022-2023 to 2026-2027) to the Department for Women and Gender Equality Canada, including $525 million to enable provinces and territories to supplement and enhance services and supports within their jurisdictions to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors; 

Whereas, Nunavut already supports efforts to prevent GBV and support victims and families;

Whereas, Canada wishes to supplement Nunavut’s investments, including new and expanded actions to end GBV under the collaborative framework of the NAP to End GBV, based on Nunavut’s priorities, but including investment in the areas defined as Priorities in Section 2.9;

Whereas, section 5 of the Department for Women and Gender Equality Act authorizes the Minister for Women and Gender Equality to, with the approval of the Governor in Council, enter into a Transfer Payment Agreement on the Implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender- Based Violence with Nunavut;

And whereas Canada’s funding under this Agreement will be distributed to Nunavut in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s (hereinafter referred to as “WAGE”) Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program: A Grants and Contributions Program.

Now therefore, Canada and Nunavut agree as follows:

1. Purpose of agreement

The purpose of this Agreement is to support Nunavut’s implementation of its actions under the NAP to End GBV (Schedule A) so that collectively, the vision of the NAP to End GBV can be advanced - “A Canada free of gender-based violence. A Canada that supports victims, survivors and their families, no matter where they live”.

2. Definitions

The following expressions, used in this Agreement, shall have the scope defined below:

2.1 “Agreement” means this binding Transfer Payment Agreement on the Implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender Based Violence, including its Schedules, as may be amended from time to time. 

2.2 “Days” means calendar days.

2.3 “Designated Official” means the person(s) identified by the Party with the authority, responsibility, and integrity to represent the Party and perform responsibilities related to implementing the Agreement.

2.4 “Effective Date” means the date this Agreement comes into force, which is the date the second Party signs the Agreement.

2.5 “Fiscal Year” means the period commencing on April 1 of any calendar year and terminating on March 31 of the immediately following calendar year.

2.6 “GBV (Gender-Based Violence)” means violence perpetrated against someone based on their gender, gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender. It takes many forms, including physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and financial abuse as well as technology-facilitated violence.

2.7 “NAP to End GBV” means the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (attached as Schedule A), a ten-year, collaborative framework for a national approach to ending GBV and its impacts in Canada through opportunities for action under five pillars and a foundation:

2.8 “In-kind Contributions” means goods and services provided instead of money, or cash-equivalent goods and services Nunavut will contribute to actions under the NAP to End GBV. In-kind contributions could include rental space in territorially owned buildings given to an organization at no cost, administrative support provided by provincial/territorial employees, or providing materials to organizations.

2.9 “Priorities” mean the following three, broad priority areas:

  1. Increasing prevention efforts – to stem the tide of downstream costs and support sustainability over the longer-term
  2. Reaching underserved and/or most at-risk populations – to ensure that services and supports are accessible, appropriate, and tailored to specific needs
  3. Stabilizing the GBV sector – to enable the ongoing and effective delivery of essential GBV services across the country

2.10 “Nunavut’s Implementation Plan” means the four-year actions of Nunavut to implement the NAP to End GBV in its jurisdiction, agreed to by the Parties and attached as Schedule B. Nunavut’s Implementation Plan outlines:

2.11 “Ultimate Recipients” means organizations providing actions to address GBV under Nunavut’s Implementation Plan.

3. Duration of agreement

3.1 This Agreement shall come into force on the Effective Date and shall end on March 31, 2027, unless terminated before then by Canada or Nunavut in accordance with this Agreement.

3.2 Subject to termination, this Agreement covers the activities described in Schedule B for the period commencing on April 1, 2023 and ending on March 31, 2027. Unless otherwise pre-authorized by Canada, only goods and services rendered within this period shall be considered as eligible expenditures.

3.3 All obligations of the Parties herein which, expressly or by their nature, survive termination or expiry of this Agreement, shall survive until and unless they are fulfilled or by their nature expire.

4. Areas of investment

4.1 Cost Sharing

4.1.1 The federal allocation under this Agreement, up to the maximum amount allocated to Nunavut in Section 5.1.1, shall be matched by Nunavut through an overall, 50-50 sharing of costs. Canada’s allocation shall not exceed 50% of Nunavut’s total funding for the purpose of this Agreement. 

4.1.2 Nunavut’s cost share can include:

  1. new investments;
  2. existing GBV-related funding or investments; and,
  3. where agreed to in writing by Canada, In-kind Contributions. 

4.1.3 A higher federal cost share may be used for Nunavut’s actions supporting the Priorities, within an overall 50-50 cost share ratio for the full value of the Agreement.

4.1.4 Any funds identified by Nunavut as constituting any part of its 50% cost share under this Agreement must not be used as Nunavut’s cost share or cost matching in any other agreement with the Government of Canada.

4.2 Use of funds

4.2.1 Canada and Nunavut agree that federal funds provided under this Agreement will only be used by Nunavut in accordance with eligible areas of investment. Eligible areas of investment are those included in Nunavut’s Implementation Plan (Schedule B) and align with the guiding principles of the NAP to End GBV (Schedule A). 

4.2.2 Where Nunavut transfers funding to Ultimate Recipients, Nunavut shall have full independence and responsibility in the selection of such Ultimate Recipients.

4.2.3 Programs, services and actions supported with Government of Canada funding must support the needs of the key population groups, including: women and girls; Indigenous women and girls; Black and racialized women; immigrant and refugee women; Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, plus people (2SLGBTQI+); women with disabilities, and women living in Northern, rural, and remote communities.

4.2.4 A minimum of 25% of the federal funding under this Agreement must be spent by Nunavut on Priority area #1 -- increasing prevention efforts (as defined in Section 2.9).

4.2.5 Nunavut’s administration costs including costs related to central administrative functions that are drawn upon to support project activities but are not specifically part of delivering an action outlined in Schedule B (e.g., office equipment, IT maintenance, public sector salaries) may account for a maximum of 10% of Nunavut’s 50% cost share.

4.2.6 Activities under the federal 50% cost share can include staff and management salaries and benefits directly related to delivery of eligible expenditures as outlined in Schedule B, but no federal funding can be used towards Nunavut’s administration costs described in Section 4.2.5.

4.2.7 Funding under this Agreement shall not be used to displace existing or publicly announced funding by Nunavut. 

4.3 Ineligible Activities

4.3.1 Activities outside Canada

Expenditures for activities that take place outside Canada or that deal with a related matter abroad are not eligible for funding under this Agreement.

4.3.2 Costs incurred before April 1, 2023, are not eligible for cost sharing.

4.3.3 Expenditures that do not support the implementation of the NAP to End GBV are not eligible for funding under this Agreement.

5. Allocation and conditions

5.1 Allocation to Nunavut

5.1.1 Subject to Parliamentary approval of appropriations, the maximum allocation by Canada to Nunavut under this Agreement is $16,397,000, matched by Nunavut, toward eligible expenditures in Nunavut’s Implementation Plan. Nunavut’s cost matching is further detailed in Schedule C. 

Canada’s annual maximum allocation of funding to Nunavut shall be:

  1. $4,043,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2023
  2. $4,118,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2024
  3. $4,118,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2025
  4. $4,118,000 for the Fiscal Year beginning on April 1, 2026.

5.2 Transfer of funds between expenditure categories

5.2.1 Canada and Nunavut agree that, within each Fiscal Year of the period of this Agreement, Nunavut may move funding between the pillars and the foundation of the NAP to End GBV outlined in its Implementation Plan in Schedule B to ensure the maximum use of funding, in accordance with Section 4.2.4. Nunavut agrees to notify Canada in writing prior to any such change in funding allocation, including the rationale for the change. Should Canada have a reasonable objection to the change proposed by Nunavut, Canada shall communicate its objection within 30 Days following the issuance of Nunavut’s written notification to Canada.

6. Payment

6.1 Payment Conditions

6.1.1 After the Effective Date, Canada shall pay Nunavut $4,043,000 for Fiscal Year 1 within twenty (20) Days for the first payment.

6.1.2 Nunavut will submit annual reports (Section 7.3 of Agreement) to receive subsequent advance payment for the following Fiscal Year in accordance with the “Payment and Reporting Schedule” below. The reports must be certified by Nunavut’s Designated Official. Payments for the subsequent Fiscal Years following Fiscal Year 1 are conditional upon receipt and acceptance by Canada of these completed reports. 

Table 1: Payment and reporting schedule
(per fiscal year)
Period covered by the payment Conditions Reports submitted by
Payment 2023-2024 April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • After the Effective Date.
Payment 2024-2025  April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • Upon receipt of Nunavut’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 (see Section 7.3 of Agreement).
July 31, 2024
Payment 2025-2026 April 1, 2025, to March 31, 2026
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • Upon receipt of Nunavut’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 (see Section 7.3 of Agreement).
July 31, 2025
Payment #1 for 2026-2027 April 1, 2026, to March 31, 2027
  • Subject to parliamentary approval of appropriation.
  • Upon receipt of Nunavut’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2025-2026 (see Section 7.3 of Agreement).
  • Payment 1 for fiscal year 2026-2027 will be 90% of the annual payment for 2026-2027
July 31, 2026
Payment #2 for 2026-2027 April 1, 2026, to March 31, 2027
  • Upon receipt of Nunavut’s annual report for fiscal year 2026-2027 (see Section 7.3).
  • Payment 2 for fiscal year 2026-2027 will be 10% of the annual payment for 2026-2027
July 31, 2027

6.2 Carry forward

6.2.1 At the written request of Nunavut, and subject to the approval of Canada, funding amounts may be carried forward into the next Fiscal Year, under the following terms:

  1. Nunavut may only use the amount carried forward to the next Fiscal Year for expenditures on eligible costs incurred in that Fiscal Year;
  2. amounts carried forward and paid must be spent by September 30th of the following Fiscal Year, and
  3. any amounts unspent by Nunavut on March 31, 2027, shall be repaid to Canada within six months after that date. 

6.3 Final payment

6.3.1 The final payment will be made to Nunavut upon Canada’s receipt of the 2026-2027 annual report, due by July 31, 2027, and confirmation that Nunavut has met its commitments under this Agreement. 

6.3.2 Details on other payment conditions can be found in Schedule C. 

7. Results, monitoring and reporting

7.1 Monitoring ultimate recipients

7.1.1 Nunavut will follow its own policies and procedures to assess and manage the manner in which Ultimate Recipients use federal funds provided under this Agreement to ensure transparency, impartiality, and fairness.

7.2 Performance indicators 

7.2.1 Canada collects and disseminates information on the outputs and impacts of the activities funded through its programs; this information is an important part of Canada’s accountability to Canadians. 

7.2.2 Nunavut will collect jurisdictional-specific data needed to report on the performance indicators agreed to by the Parties in the NAP to End GBV Expected Results, attached as Schedule D. 

7.3 Annual reporting

7.3.1 Nunavut shall provide Canada with an annual report for each Fiscal Year that this Agreement is active by July 31st of the following year. Nunavut agrees that the annual report will include:

  1. data to report on results for the indicators in Nunavut’s Implementation Plan (Schedule B) and the Results Framework (Schedule D);
  2. a report on the actual activities completed in the Fiscal Year against the activities in Nunavut’s Implementation Plan;
  3. a report of Nunavut’s actual expenditures and a financial statement that is prepared in accordance with Nunavut’s financial authorities and/or regulations against the amounts in Nunavut’s cost-sharing budget; 
  4. a list of Ultimate Recipients that were supported during the reporting period, including the amount each organization received;
  5. an updated Implementation Plan, if needed, for the remaining years of this Agreement;
  6. an updated Cost-sharing Budget, if needed, for the following years of this Agreement;
  7. any amount to be carried forward under Section 6.2. 

8. Audit & evaluation

8.1 Audit

8.1.1 Canada may choose to rely on the reporting requirements due by Nunavut under Section 5 and 6 of this Agreement to conduct its own internal audit, for a period of up to five years after the end of this Agreement, without waiving the right to subsequently request an independent audit as provided herein.

8.1.2 If requested by Canada, the Parties agree that an independent auditor may be appointed through mutual agreement to review the records maintained by Nunavut, including the management of funds provided by Canada and the consistent application of generally accepted accounting principles in the maintenance of financial and accounting records.

  1. The scope, coverage and timing of an audit is determined in collaboration between Canada and Nunavut. Both Parties shall make available to the auditors, in a timely manner, any accounts, records, documents or information related to this project that the auditors may reasonably require, upon request. The records, documents and information provided by the Parties are subject to their respective privacy legislation.
  2. The results of the audit shall be made available by the auditor to Canada and Nunavut within thirty (30) Days of its completion.
  3. If money is owing to either Party, the Party owing money will pay within ninety (90) Days of their receipt and agreement with the final audit report. 
  4. The cost of providing the services of an independent auditor from the private sector shall be borne by Canada. 

8.2 Evaluation Plan

8.2.1 Canada and Nunavut agree on the importance of assessing what has been accomplished in terms of the implementation progress to date on the NAP to End GBV outlined in this Agreement.

8.2.2 Canada’s programs are routinely subject to evaluation. The Parties agree to participate in the NAP to End GBV evaluation. 

8.2.3 The evaluation plan for the NAP to End GBV evaluation will be jointly agreed with all provinces and territories in advance of the evaluation and will: focus on gaps and strengths in governance, coordination, and activities; assess progress towards short-, medium- and long-term outcomes; and examine the effectiveness and efficiency in the design and delivery of the NAP to End GBV. 

9. Public communications & stakeholder engagement

9.1 Joint announcements

9.1.1. Canada and Nunavut agree to collaborate in the development of communication materials and activities related to this Agreement. The Parties shall designate communications contacts responsible for implementing coordinated joint communications to the public.

9.1.2 Canada and Nunavut agree to participate in an announcement of the bilateral Agreement, which may include stakeholders, once the Parties have signed this Agreement. This must precede the announcements under Section 9.1.3. 

9.1.3 Canada and Nunavut agree to collaborate on communication products related to announcements under this Agreement with a value of over $100,000. This includes individual projects with a value of over $100,000, or a collection of projects announced at the same time for a value of over $100,000 total. Canada and Nunavut can collaborate on communications products related to projects funded under $100,000, if agreed upon by both Parties. 

9.1.4 All efforts will be made to ensure that public communications related to joint announcements are mutually agreed to by the Parties. Where applicable, products shall include a quote from both Nunavut’s Minister of Family Services, Minister of Human Resources, Minister responsible for Homelessness, Minister responsible for Poverty Reduction, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, and Minister responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission and Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality. For announcements related to specific projects, the beneficiaries of the projects will be invited to take part. 

9.2 Individual communications

9.2.1 The Parties agree that its public communications (announcements and promotional material) related to the use of funding under this Agreement will acknowledge the financial contributions of the other Party. Wherever Nunavut’s visual identity is used (both online and physical), the Government of Canada’s visual identity must be used as well.

9.2.2 Notwithstanding Section 9.1, the Parties shall retain the right to fulfill their respective obligations to provide the people of Nunavut and Canada with information on this Agreement and on the use of funds through their own communication activities after the joint announcement with twenty (20) Days’ notice to the other Party prior to the public release.

9.3. Stakeholder engagement

9.3.1 Nunavut is encouraged to engage with Indigenous peoples, official language minority communities, GBV advocates, stakeholders, and other interested parties throughout implementation of the activities outlined in Schedule B. 

10. Official languages

Where it has been determined by Nunavut that:

Nunavut will:

11. Intellectual property

Any intellectual property developed as a result of the funding provided under this Agreement shall be owned by Nunavut. Annual reports submitted to Canada under this Agreement do not constitute intellectual property and belong to Canada. 

12. Partnership

12.1 The Parties acknowledge that this Agreement does not constitute an association for the purpose of establishing a partnership or joint venture and does not create an agency relationship between Canada and Nunavut, and that in no way implies any agreement or undertaking to conclude any subsequent agreement. 

12.2 Neither Party shall represent itself as being a co-contractor, employee, or agent of the other Party in carrying out its obligations pursuant to this Agreement.

13. Amendments

13.1 Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality may be required to obtain approval of the Governor in Council under Section 5 of the Department for Women and Gender Equality Act before amending this Agreement.

13.2 This Agreement, including Schedules B and C, may only be amended by the mutual written consent of the Parties. Schedule D can only be amended with the consensus of all jurisdictions who endorsed the NAP to End GBV. Schedule A is for information only and cannot be amended through this Agreement.

14. Dispute resolution

14.1 Dispute resolution mechanism

In the event of a dispute arising under the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Parties agree to make a good-faith attempt to settle the dispute. If a dispute cannot be resolved by the Designated Officials identified in Section 18.2, then either Party may refer the matter to such senior officials as the Parties may designate for resolution.

14.2 Termination for breach

If a Party breaches the terms of the Agreement and the Parties are not able to resolve the issue in dispute under the dispute resolution process pursuant to Section 14.1, the other Party may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving at least ninety (90) Days of written notice to the breaching Party. 

14.3 Termination for no cause

Canada or Nunavut may terminate this Agreement for any reason, by giving one hundred and eighty (180) Days notice to the Designated Official identified in this Agreement (Section 18.2).

14.4 No payments after date of termination

As of the date of termination, if this Agreement is terminated by a Party under Sections 14.2 or 14.3, Canada shall have no obligation to make any further payments to Nunavut. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in the event that funding is terminated under the program, Canada shall reimburse Nunavut’s eligible costs incurred up to the end date of that notice period. The funding obligations of Canada shall cease at the end of the notice period. 

15. Reduction/termination of this agreement

15.1 The Parties acknowledge that any payment to be made under this Agreement is subject to the appropriation of funds by the Parliament of Canada and to the maintenance of the current and forecasted program budget levels. Nunavut acknowledges that funding under this Agreement may be reduced or terminated at Canada’s discretion in response to the government’s annual budget, a parliamentary or governmental spending decision, or a restructuring or reordering of the federal mandate and responsibilities that impact on the program under which this Agreement is made.

15.2 In the event of a reduction or termination of the funding of the program, Canada may, upon giving Nunavut written notice of ninety (90) Days, reduce the funding or terminate this Agreement. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in the event that funding is terminated under the program, Canada shall reimburse Nunavut for any eligible costs incurred up to the end date of that notice period. The funding obligations of Canada shall cease at the end of the notice period. If Canada reduces its contribution under this Agreement, Canada and Nunavut agree to review the effects of such reduction on the overall implementation of the project actions and on this Agreement.

16. Equity of treatment

16.1 During the term of this Agreement, any material changes to any of its Sections or Schedules, under any bilateral transfer payment agreement on the NAP to End GBV which have been negotiated, either under the original agreement or through amendments, addendums or otherwise, between Canada and any other province or territory of Canada, except the province of Québec, and which are more favourable than what was negotiated with Nunavut will, upon request, be extended to Nunavut. This amendment shall be retroactive to the date on which this Agreement or the amendments to such an agreement with any other province or territory, as the case may be, comes into force.

17. General provisions

17.1 No current or former federal public servant or federal public office holder who is not in compliance with the provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act, S.C. 2006, c.9, with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment, members of the House of Commons or Senator who is not in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons or the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, or anyone else bound by other values and ethics codes applicable to government or specific recipients, shall derive a direct benefit from this Agreement, unless the provision or receipt of the benefit is in compliance with the legislation or codes.

17.2 This Agreement shall constitute the entire Agreement between the Parties relating to its subject matter. 

17.3 This Agreement shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws in force in Nunavut.

17.4 In the spirit of transparency and open government, Canada and Nunavut shall make the entire Agreement, including any amendments, public by posting it on the Government of Canada’s and the Government of Nunavut’s website with the mention that the English version of this Agreement is the official version.

17.5 If, for any reason, a provision of this Agreement that does not constitute a fundamental condition thereof is deemed to be void or unenforceable, in whole or in part, that provision shall be considered severable and shall be struck from this Agreement; however, all other terms and conditions thereof shall continue to be valid and enforceable.

17.6 Information gathered by the Parties in carrying out this Agreement is subject to the applicable federal and provincial legislation regarding access to information and privacy. If the Parties share confidential information while carrying out this Agreement, the receiving Party will make best efforts to ensure the information is treated as confidential by that Party, during and after the period of this Agreement. 

17.7 Both Parties acknowledge that the other Party may publish any reports, audits, evaluations, or other documents produced in connection with this Agreement and any information contained in them that can be made public. Both Parties shall ensure that any public disclosure respects all requirements to protect personal information and third-party information.

18. Notice

18.1 Any notice, information or document required under this Agreement shall be deemed given if it is sent by email. Any notice sent by email shall be deemed to have been received one working day after it is sent. Either Canada or Nunavut may change the address and other information set out below, provided that a written change of address notice is issued to the other Party.

18.2 Notices or communications addressed to Canada shall be sent to the Designated Official at the following address:

Department for Women and Gender Equality

Notices or communications addressed to Nunavut shall be sent to the Designated Official at the following address:

Department of Family Services

19. Counterparts

This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same Agreement. An electronic PDF copy or facsimile with a Party’s signature shall be binding upon the signatory with the same force and effect as an original signature.


In witness whereof, the Parties have signed this Agreement,


Signed on behalf of Canada
At Toronto
this 27 day of July 2023.

The Honourable Marci Ien
Minister for Women and Gender Equality


Signed on behalf of Nunavut
At Iqaluit
this 19 day of July 2023.

The Honourable Margaret Nakashuk
Minister of Family Services, and Minister responsible for the Status of Women

Annex A – National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

Read the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.

Schedule B – Context* and year 1 actions (2023 – 2024)

*Please note that the Context has been provided by the Government of Nunavut and is not part of the Agreement.


Gender-based violence in Nunavut

Nunavut experiences a disproportionately high level of violence compared to the national average, marked by the highest domestic homicide rates in the country (Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, 2021). In particular, Inuit women confront heightened vulnerability to violence in their lives (Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, 2021). Strengthening the implementation of gender-based violence (GBV) initiatives stands poised to enhance the available supports and services for those affected. 

The historical and contemporary oppression of Inuit people significantly contributes to the violence experienced by women and children in the territory. The repercussions of colonization are evident in the loss of traditional knowledge, skills, holistic healing practices, and coping mechanisms. Moreover, elevated living costs, housing shortages, and overcrowded residences compound instability, potentially creating unsafe living conditions. 

In addition, Nunavut contends with issues such as staff turnover, transitions, and a low vacancy rate within the territory. While preventative and supportive programs and initiatives exist in Nunavut, a discernable gap persists in ensuring consistency. Addressing these multifaceted challenges is imperative for the sustained success of initiatives aimed at alleviating GBV in the territory. 

Government of Nunavut’s commitment to end GBV 

The Government of Nunavut is dedicated to eradicating GBV and acknowledges the invaluable collaborations with non-profit organizations, Inuit groups and Elders in fostering a thriving, violence-free territory. 

Professionals within Nunavut’s twenty-five communities contribute daily to the well-being of Nunavummiut within their respective mandates, providing essential services such as education and awareness, health services, justice, preventative programming, family and child support, mental health assistance and counselling services. 

Currently, Nunavut has six (6) family safety shelters that offer support to women and children fleeing violence. These shelters serve as secure havens for survivors, fostering a collaborative approach between departments and organizations to facilitate ongoing healing and safety planning. Nunavut remains steadfast in its commitment to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Call for Justice 16.19: “Develop and fund safe houses, shelters, transition houses and second-stage housing for Inuit, women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people fleeing violence. These houses and shelters are required in all Inuit communities and in urban centres with large Inuit populations. Shelters must not require full occupancy to remain open and to receive funding”. Nunavut is committed to working with territorial, federal and municipal partners in facilitating construction and establishment of additional safe shelters throughout the territory to aid women, children, and men seeking safety. 

Prevention efforts are a large area of focus for Nunavut with the implementation of GBV campaigns, creation of books for children and youth, and education on healthy relationships with a focus on 2SLGBTQQIA+ identifying folks and access to program funding. 

Under the MMIWG Calls for Justice, recommendation 16.12 “Ensure that Inuit men and boys are provided services that are gender-and Inuit-specific to address historic and ongoing trauma they are experiencing” calls for an increase in supports for Inuit men and boys. Nunavut’s implementation plan has increased the available program funding that offers applications for specific programming for men and boys that either supports prevention work or addresses trauma, with an Inuit and cultural focus. 

Partners in ending GBV 

Each department and organization in Nunavut plays a crucial role in the ongoing endeavours to combat GBV. Nunavut acknowledges the indispensable contributions of partner organizations and departments, emphasizing their commitment to fostering positive change. Partnerships will involve intensified efforts such as enhancing frontline services, implementing additional preventative measures, advancing advocacy and education – particularly focusing on children, youth and 2SLGBTQQIA+ persons, and investing in more training and infrastructure for shelters.  

In expressing gratitude for the received GBV funding, Nunavut extends acknowledgement to the departments and organizations unwavering in their dedication to instigate transformative change: 

Nunavut’s implementation of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence 

The plan delineates a harmonious collaboration between governmental and non-profit entities, striking a balance between strengthening existing projects and introducing new endeavours. 

Efforts have been made to prevent redundancy, optimizing utilization of funding and providing a diverse array of initiatives across the five strategic pillars of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. A notable challenge confronted by Nunavut pertains to delineating funds for pre-existing initiatives catering to all crime victims versus funds exclusively for victims of GBV. It is apparent that programs targeting children, youth, men and women, particularly those with a cultural emphasis, play a pivotal role in GBV prevention. Furthermore, it is a reasonable assumption that individuals who are victims of crime have encountered or been exposed to GBV in their lives. 

Nunavut aspires to appoint a GBV Coordinator to oversee the implementation of its comprehensive four-year plan. This position will administer the entire GBV funding portfolio, ensuring adherence to federal and territorial government standards in reporting, disbursement, and data collection. The coordinator will serve as a pillar of support for funding recipients and act as a liaison between the federal government and funding recipients. 

Year 1 actions tables (2023-2024)

Table 2: Pillar 1 - Support for victims, survivors and their families
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Nunavut Victim Travel Support Program - Increase for victims of GBV This program provides financial assistance and support for GBV victims, their families and other support people to attend various court proceedings. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Territorial Government Yes
Increase Nunavut Victims of Crime Emergency Fund This program provides support toward essential expenses for survivors, and their families in the immediate aftermath of GBV and other violent crimes. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Territorial Government Yes
Increase Nunavut Victim Services Training Program This program allows for Nunavut Victim Services staff to receive as well as facilitate training and workshops to increase awareness of victims' needs to reduce further victimization of GBV and other crime victims with service providers including RCMP, social workers, nurses, mental health personnel, community counselors and shelter workers. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Territorial Government Yes
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Training This training will allow for nurses in each community in Nunavut to provide sexual assault (SA) examination for victims of sexual assault. Accelerated Action 2023 Territorial Government Yes
Creation of GBV Support Materials for Children In partnership with a Maori woman and Inuk elder, this action will include the creation of affirmation cards to support someone who has experienced gender-based violence, and a children's book series that provide information on consent. New Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Increase Victim Assistance Fund (VAF) This annual fund provides funding to municipalities and non profit organizations for programming for victims and survivors of GBV and other crimes. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Table 3: Pillar 2 – Prevention
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Training Conference on Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resulting from Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) In partnership with the Department of Justice, the Pan AM Clinic (Winnipeg) will facilitate a conference or workshops for service providers to understand the serious brain injuries that can be sustained by victims of IPV New Action 2023 Territorial Government Yes
GBV Preventative Programming Increase funding efforts for GBV prevention for men and boys, women and girls, children and youth. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
GBV Prevention Campaign A three-part territory-wide campaign focusing on bringing awareness and creating change around GBV in Nunavut. The campaign will include awareness around what GBV is, how it affects people and communities, as well as taking action by building safe communities and families, and ending GBV in Nunavut. New Action 2023 Third Party Yes
2SLGBTQQIA+ Awareness campaign/workshop

An awareness campaign and workshops that address homophobia (specifically towards women and female identifying people). The campaign will address the lack of understanding and acceptance of 2SLGBTQQIA+ persons as this population is more susceptible to experiencing violence/assault. 

Addressing transphobia and showing that trans women of colour including Indigenous trans women are at a much higher risk of experiencing GBV.

New Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Healthy Relationships Videos and Breakup Awareness Campaign Provide youth an opportunity to discuss their understanding of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The campaign will focus on addressing the normalization of abuse and GBV; teaching youth to recognize the signs of abusive behaviour during a relationship/after a breakup; teaching youth about healthy breakups in a non-violent manner; challenging GBV and abusive behaviours; and encouraging youth to seek support if affected by abuse. New Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Access to Justice Education Ongoing coordination efforts led by the Law Society of Nunavut to continue bringing together organizations that are directly or indirectly involved in the prevention of violence in Nunavut, including GBV, to raise awareness collaboratively and for information sharing. Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Table 4: Pillar 3 - Responsive Justice System
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Expand Spousal Abuse Counseling Program The Spousal Abuse Counseling Program is an alternative measure program for offenders and victims to participate in to address root causes and the impact of crime. This Program is run by the Pulaarkvik Kablu Friendship Society, an Inuit non-profit organization, and operational in Rankin Inlet only. Accelerated Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Family Abuse Intervention Program Toolkit The Department of Justice, in partnership with the Law Society of Nunavut is developing a toolkit for front line service providers to assist victims of GBV with applications under the territorial family abuse legislation. Accelerated Action 2023 Territorial Government Yes
Law Society of Nunavut Resource Handbook Establish a resource handbook that will be a tool that aims to facilitate change within the justice system to address GBV Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Table 5: Pillar 4 - Implementing Indigenous-led Approaches
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Reclaiming the Whole Women (RTWW) Program. The RTWW Program was developed and is facilitated by the Pirurvik Centre and provides traditional knowledge exchange between Inuit cultural advisors and participants and can focus on issues such as GBV. This program emphasizes reclaiming the parts of Inuit women lost through colonization. Enhanced Existing Action 2023 Third Party Yes
Table 6: Pillar 5 - Social Infrastructure and Enabling Environment
Action Description Status Start Date Who is Delivering the Action? Is this a Multi-Year Action?
Family Safety Shelter Core Funding Funding of 5 family safety shelters in Nunavut, to provide safety and shelter to women and children fleeing violence. Existing Action 2023 Territorial Government Yes
Family Violence Shelter Capital Costs Costs including renovations, permits, staff hiring and training for shelters in Gjoa Haven to support vulnerable people affected by GBV. New Action 2023 Third Party No

Schedule C – Canada-Nunavut cost-sharing budget

Table 7: Year 1 Costing (2023 – 2024)
Pillar Federal Contribution ($) PT Contribution ($) Total
Pillar 1  Support for Victims, Survivors and Their Families $595,000 $472,000 $1,067,000
Pillar 2 – Prevention $2,125,000 $1,000,000 $3,125,000
Pillar 3 – Responsive Justice System $375,000 $0 $375,000
Pillar 4 – Implementing Indigenous-Led Approaches $100,000 $0 $100,000
Pillar 5 – Social Infrastructure and Enabling Environment $848,000 $7,715,000 $8,563,000
Foundation $0 $0 $0
Total $4,043,000 $9,187,000 $13,230,000

1. Maximum amount of transfer payment

2. Cost-sharing

3. Stacking limit

If, between the date of Nunavut receiving funding and the Agreement end date, Nunavut receives any financial assistance in support of NAP to End GBV from any federal government department, agency or commission that is in addition to the financial assistance, Nunavut shall:

4. Tax credit

Canada does not reimburse the tax paid by Nunavut for goods and services for which Nunavut is entitled to a tax credit or reimbursement.

5. Overpayment

6. Late claims

Canada will not be obligated to reimburse incurred expenditures or other costs after the end date of the Agreement as indicated in Section 3.1 of the Agreement. 

Annex D – National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence expected results framework

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