In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This plan includes:
- $305 million for a
new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate
needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities
- $215 million for First Nations (including self-governing and modern treaty nations)
- $45 million for Inuit
- $30 million for Metis
- $15 million for regional and urban Indigenous organizations supporting their members living away from their communities, and to regional organizations such as Friendship Centres, Métis Settlements General Council of Alberta and Métis in the Northwest Territories.
In total, First Nations communities in Ontario will receive $37,581,000, and Metis will receive $3,750,000.
What is this Funding For?
- Support for Elders and vulnerable community members
- Measures to address food insecurity
- Educational and other support for children
- Mental health assistance and emergency response services
- Preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
How is the Funding Delivered?
On-reserve and self-governing First Nation communities and Inuit Nunangat Regions will receive funding directly from ISC. Métis will receive funding through existing mechanisms. There is no application for this funding. This is distinctions-based funding, which will be delivered in the following way to each group:
- First Nations:
Allocated to each First Nation based on population, remoteness and
community well-being. Funding will be
transferred to communities and band councils from ISC regional offices and will
be added to existing contribution agreements for fiscal year 2020 – 2021.
- Chief and Council should expect communication from their ISC regional office confirming the amount that has been allocated for their First Nation.
- First Nation communities do not need to declare a state of emergency to access this funding.
- Inuit: Allocation to four land claims organizations determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and regional Inuit land claims organizations.
- Metis: Funding will flow through each of the Governing Members.
- Regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations: General fund of $15 million dollars that can be applied for through an upcoming call for proposals (no date or other information announced yet).
ISC has provided all the details for the Indigenous Community Support Fund here, including a map of funding allocations.
For further information, please contact your ISC regional office.