About Jordan's Principle
The content of this page is being updated to align with the latest ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT).
Definition and Key Principles
On May 26, 2017, the CHRT issued its latest ruling on Jordan's Principle, and the Government of Canada is taking steps to implement the CHRT's orders. As part of the ruling, the CHRT ordered that the Government of Canada post the following information:
" In recognition of Jordan, Jordan's Principle provides that where a government service is available to all other children, but a jurisdictional dispute regarding services to a First Nations child arises between Canada, a province, a territory, or between government departments, the government department of first contact pays for the service and can seek reimbursement from the other government or department after the child has received the service. It is a child-first principle meant to prevent First Nations children from being denied essential public services or experiencing delays in receiving them. On December 12, 2007, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion that the government should immediately adopt a child-first principle, based on Jordan's Principle, to resolve jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children."
"…Canada's definition and application of Jordan's Principle shall be based on the following key principles:
- Jordan's Principle is a child-first principle that applies equally to all First Nations children, whether resident on or off reserve. It is not limited to First Nations children with disabilities, or those with discrete short-term issues creating critical needs for health and social supports or affecting their activities of daily living.
- Jordan's Principle addresses the needs of First Nations children by ensuring there are no gaps in government services to them. It can address, for example, but is not limited to, gaps in such services as mental health, special education, dental, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical equipment and physiotherapy.
- When a government service is available to all other children, the government department of first contact will pay for the service to a First Nations child, without engaging in case conferring, policy review, service navigation or any other similar administrative procedure before funding is provided. Once the service is provided, the government department of first contact can seek reimbursement from another department/government;
- When a government service is not necessarily available to all other children or is beyond the normative standard of care, the government department of first contact will still evaluate the individual needs of the child to determine if the requested service should be provided to ensure substantive equality in the provision of services to the child, to ensure culturally appropriate services to the child and/or to safeguard the best interests of the child. Where such services are to be provided, the government department of first contact will pay for the provision of the services to the First Nations child, without engaging in case conferring, policy review, service navigation or any other similar administrative procedure before funding is provided. Once the service is provided, the government department of first contact can seek reimbursement from another department/government.
- While Jordan's Principle can apply to jurisdictional disputes between governments (i.e., between federal, provincial or territorial governments) and to jurisdictional disputes between departments within the same government, a dispute amongst government departments or between governments is not a necessary requirement for the application of Jordan's Principle."
If a First Nations child is not receiving the services and supports he or she needs, families are encouraged to contact us through:
Regional Focal Points for Jordan's Principle
Health Canada and INAC Focal Points are available in all regions across Canada to help families and children get started. Contact information for all Focal Points is listed below.
Tracey Hazelwood: (613) 952-4646 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Boychuk: (902) 402-5355 | email@example.com
Sandra Musgrave: (902) 426-0335 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Thibeault: (514) 283-1903 | email@example.com
Sylvie Aubuchon: (514) 496-6271 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Flynn: (613) 948-2713 | email@example.com
Stephanie O'Brien: (613) 415-9423 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen N. Roberts: (807) 737-5862 | email@example.com
Joe Gacheru: (204) 983-2213 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Raymond Jolicoeur: (204) 983-1012 | email@example.com
Benjamin Kaschta: (306) 780-7296 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Laxdal: (306) 780-6706 | email@example.com
Andrea Reynoldson: (306) 780-5416 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Vespi: (780) 495-5690 | email@example.com
Cheryl Watson: (780) 495-4736 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Tremblay: (780) 495-5722 | email@example.com
Sarah Steeves: (613) 946-6889 or 1-866-509-1769 | firstname.lastname@example.org
British Columbia – First Nations Health Authority
Michelle DeGroot: (604) 693-6532 | email@example.com
Laura Mitchell: (819) 639-4124 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Behar: (902) 661-6265 | email@example.com
Oona Keagan: (902) 661- 6349 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Félix: (418) 473-7886 | email@example.com
Patrick Verret: (418) 473-7886 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Elana Pal: (416) 973-1276 | email@example.com
Taia Tarvainen: (416) 952-9593 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelley Knott-Fife: (705) 768-3547 | email@example.com
Betty Ann Scott: (204) 983-0740 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Amos: (204) 471-7703 | email@example.com
Randine Akapew: (306) 501-2342 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Remarchuk: (306) 501-4184 | email@example.com
Carol Schimanke: (780) 495-2589 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Condrotte: (780) 616-8494 | email@example.com
William McArthur: (604) 317-3548 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Damaso: (604) 364-3653 | email@example.com
Tammy Bazylinski: (867) 667-3356 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Klee: (867) 667-3352 | email@example.com
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