Urban Aboriginal Peoples

The term - Urban Aboriginal people - refers primarily to Inuit, Métis and First Nation individuals currently residing in urban areas. According to 2011 Census data, off-reserve Aboriginal people constitute the fastest growing segment of Canadian Society. In 2011, 56% of Aboriginal people lived in urban areas, up from 49% in 1996.

The cities with the largest Aboriginal populations in 2011 were Winnipeg (78,420), Edmonton (61,765), Vancouver (52,375), Toronto (36,995), Calgary (33,370), Ottawa-Gatineau (30,570), Montreal (26,280), Saskatoon (23,895), and Regina (19,785).

An Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy

On February 6, 2014, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced the renewal of this funding as part of an improved consolidated and streamlined Urban Aboriginal Strategy that will continue to focus on encouraging partnerships and collaboration to help increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy.

Existing AANDC programming is being replaced by two new programs. To learn more about this change and the new programs, please visit the new program web pages:

Update on Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy

Our Government continues to take concrete steps to better support the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the Canadian economy, and we recognize the crucial role played by urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada in accomplishing this.

Following the Minister's February 6, 2014 announcement of an improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) have finalized the content of the new programs which is an important step towards ensuring that resources for the new Community Capacity Support program are available to Friendship Centres and other potential recipients across the country.

To this end, AANDC is working to ensure the delivery of funding to support this work as soon as possible. We will continue working together to finalize the last details.

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