Social Services


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Social Development Program

In the BC Region, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) funds First Nations and First Nations organisations to administer benefits and services to individuals and families living on reserve who are in financial need. Benefits and services include Income Assistance, Child and Family Services, Assisted Living (Adult Care), the National Child Benefit Reinvestment Initiative, and the Family Violence Initiative.

Income Assistance

First Nations individuals in financial need, may receive income assistance to cover the costs of basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and health benefits. Financial need is determined through an income test and other eligibility requirements.

Child and Family Services

Through agreements with the provincial government, First Nations and First Nations organisations, AANDC funds 22 First Nations Child and Family Services Agencies that deliver child and family services to First Nations families on reserve. These agencies are delegated by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development to deliver a range of child and family services.

Assisted Living (Adult Care)

Eligible First Nations adults may receive financial assistance for home care support services. These services may include housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry and other services which enable recipients to increase their independence in their own homes and communities. Financial support may also be provided to adults whose principal residence is on reserve and who require admission to an intermediate care facility because of physical or mental incapacity.

National Child Benefit (NCB) Reinvestment initiative

The National Child Benefit (NCB) Reinvestment initiative is a joint federal/provincial/territorial initiative that supports children and families by helping to prevent and reduce child poverty, and assists parents to enter and remain in the workforce.

Family Violence Initiative

The Family Violence Initiative provides First Nations communities with short-term funding for community-based projects aimed at addressing social and health problems related to family violence. AANDC provides funding to operate five Project Haven shelters which provide temporary emergency shelter and referral services to women and children seeking safety from domestic violence.

Additional Resources

For further information on the Social Development program, contact AANDC BC Region main reception and ask to speak to a representative in Programs and Partnerships.