Post-Secondary Partnerships Program

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada's Post-Secondary Partnerships Program (PSPP) provides funding to eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions to design and deliver university- and college-level courses or programs tailored for First Nations and Inuit students – to help these students gain the skills they need to enter and succeed in the labour market.

In 2016-2017, an unprecedented number of multi-year proposals were supported under the Post-Secondary Partnerships Program. As a result, 80% of the funding for Post-Secondary Partnerships Program projects in 2017-2018 will be used in funding existing multi-year projects. Recognizing the effort of applicant organizations and departmental officials to prepare and evaluate proposals each year, INAC has decided not to issue a call for proposals for 2017-2018 given the limited amount of funds available. In 2017, INAC intends to engage with Indigenous organizations, post-secondary institutions and Indigenous youth on the way forward for the Post-Secondary Partnerships Program.

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About the Post-Secondary Partnerships Program

The program was redesigned and re-named in 2013-2014 (formerly the Indian Studies Support Program). It is now a competitive, national, proposal-driven process based on merit and focused on meeting labour market needs. It supports projects that deliver a program of study or develop new courses and programs tailored for First Nation and Inuit students.

Priority is given to project proposals that:

Proposals are reviewed by a national selection committee and assessed against these criteria. Funding is provided through contribution agreements ranging from one to five years. The courses developed by institutions, through this funding, are open to all students, including Métis.

Eligible expenditures only include actual costs directly associated with designing and delivering programming. Capital expenses are not eligible.

Who can apply?

Canadian post-secondary institutions and post-secondary education institutions affiliated with or operating in a formal partnership with a degree, diploma or certificate granting institution recognized by a province or territory can apply. In Quebec only, First Nations and their organizations, in partnership with eligible post-secondary institutions, are eligible recipients. In other provinces and territories, First Nation post-secondary institutions are encouraged to develop partnerships with eligible post-secondary institutions to enable them to access this funding and take advantage of best practices.


There will not be a call for proposals for 2017-2018 as funding is being used to support the unprecedented number of multi-year projects supported in 2016-2017.

New calls for proposals will be posted on INAC’s Calls for Proposals page.

How to apply?

Proposals are usually accepted each year. The next call for proposals may be issued in 2017-2018 for 2018-2019 projects. Please contact your INAC regional office for proposal templates.

National guidelines for 2016-2017 are available.

Previously selected projects

Find a list of previously selected projects for 2016-2017, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2014-2015, and for 2013-2014 when the program was called the Indian Studies Support Program.

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