Contributions to provide women, children and families with Protection and Prevention Services

The Government of Canada is working to reform the First Nations Child and Family Services Program. The government is working closely with key partners on reform, including First Nation communities, leaders, organizations, provincial governments and the Yukon government, First Nations child and family services agencies, and front-line service providers. All of these partners have important voices and perspectives that must be heard and considered in order to make changes that will best serve the needs of First Nations children and families on reserve.

Minor amendments are being made, including on the description of the program’s funding approach, to the First Nations Child and Family Services Terms and Conditions as an interim measure. These Terms and Conditions and other guiding documents will be further revised as program reform takes place.

Transfer Payment Program Terms and Conditions

All policy clarification and further detail can be found in the National Social Programs Manual.

Table of contents

1. Summary

The Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) provides funding for social services as a matter of policy.

Contributions to eligible recipients under the:

Contribution funding for both FVPP and FNCFS is mainly targeted to clients who are ordinarily resident on reserve or who, for the purposes of these programs, are deemed to be ordinarily resident on-reserve in a province or Yukon Territory. FVPP also funds prevention and awareness activities for Aboriginal communities and organizations (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) off-reserve.

Effective April 1, 2011, these programs have been using the set or fixed contribution funding approaches for transfer payments to Aboriginal recipients, as described in the Directive on Transfer Payments (Appendix K: Transfer Payments to Aboriginal Recipients) and according to departmental guidelines for the management of transfer payments. The Alternative Funding Arrangement (AFA) and Flexible Transfer Payment (FTP) mechanisms will remain in effect, as required, until the expiration of existing funding arrangements that utilize these mechanisms.

In addition to the above, the FVPP and certain streams of funding under FNCFS may use the flexible contribution funding approach effective April 1, 2012.

2. Legal and Policy Authority

The following Cabinet and policy decisions support the FVPP and FNCFS programs and are grouped by the program respectively, where required.

FVPP:

In addition to the above policy authority is also found in:

FNCFS:

In addition to the above policy authority is also found in:

3. Purpose, Objectives and Expected Results

Performance indicators that apply to these programs are found in the Social Development Programs Performance Measurement Strategy. These programs contribute to one or more of the following expected outcomes:

  1. eligible men, women and children's basic and special needs are met;
  2. men, women and children are safe; and,
  3. men and women are employable and able to become and/or remain attached to the workforce.

These outcomes are directly aligned with the program activity and sub activities in DIAND's Program Activity Architecture. These programs fall under the "People" strategic outcome, the long-term objective of which is contributing to the "Individual, family and community well-being for First Nations and Inuit."

The Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) provides funding for social services on reserve including the Family Violence Prevention Program and the First Nations Child and Family Services Program. These two programs mainly aim to fund protection and prevention services for women, children and families ordinarily resident on-reserve. First Nations, provincial or territorial representatives and other recipients who receive funding provide on reserve residents and Yukon First Nations with individual and family services that are developed and implemented in collaboration with partners. The intention of these programs is to assist First Nation individuals and communities to become more self-sufficient; protect individuals and families at risk of violence; and to provide prevention supports that allow individuals and families to better care for their children. First Nations that are engaged in advancing their own development are better equipped to leverage opportunities made available by their communities and actively contribute to the broader Canadian economy and society.

4. Eligible Recipients

Table 1: FVPP and FNCFS Program Eligible Recipients
Eligible Recipients FVPP FNCFS
Chiefs and Councils of First Nation bands recognized by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Yes Yes
Tribal Councils Yes Yes
Provinces Yes Yes Footnote 2
Yukon Territory Yes Yes
First Nations authority, board, committee or other entity approved by Chief and Council Yes No
Incorporated shelters Yes No
FNCFS Agencies or Societies Yes Yes Footnote 1 Footnote 2
Aboriginal communities and organizations (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) off-reserve Yes Footnote 3 No
First Nations and First Nation organizations or organizations supported by First Nations who apply to deliver the capacity building activities under the Social Development Program Management Improvement Initiative No Yes
Other delegated/designated Child and Family Service providers including provincially delegated/designated agencies and societies No Yes

5. Eligible Initiatives and Projects

FVPP:

FNCFS:

See Annex A for further information.

6. Type and Nature of Eligible Expenditures

Table 2: FVPP and FNCFS Program Eligible Expenditures
 

FVPP

FNCFS

  Core shelter operations Prevention and awareness Operations Prevention and Least Disruptive Measures Footnote 4 Maintenance Footnote 6 SDPMII
Staff salaries and benefits Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Professional development (including membership and conference fees) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Board/committee operations Yes Yes Yes No No No
Post-adoption subsidies and supports No No No No Yes No
Direct client costs Yes No No No Yes No
Operations, minor maintenance, upgrading and repairs of facilities Footnote 5 Yes No Yes No No Yes
Overhead administration costs Footnote 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Crisis Line Yes No Yes No No No
Costs for children in care in placements out of the parental home No No No No Yes No
Staff travel and/or transportation Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Other provincially-approved purchases and professional services not covered by other funding sources No No No No Yes No
Off-hour emergency services Yes No Yes No No No
Coordination of services at the community level No No No No No Yes
Costs for training forums, workshops, outreach, awareness (including instructional and information materials) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Recruitment costs Yes No Yes No No No
Professional/ Paraprofessional services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Facilitation of tripartite discussion No No No No No Yes
Special needs assessment & testing No No No No Yes No
Non-medical services to children with behavioural problems and specialized needs assessments No No No No Yes No
Legal services fees and costs Yes Yes Yes No No No
Insurance Yes No Yes No No Yes
Family support services No No No Yes No No
Audits, monitoring, evaluation and policy development Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Non-medical, limited-duration services No No No Yes No No
Purchases on behalf of children in care No No No No Yes No

FVPP:

In addition to the eligible expenditures in Table 2, Provincial/Territorial Bills which include the actual costs of maintaining individuals or families ordinarily resident on reserve in some provincial or Yukon shelters, where service delivery arrangements currently exist according to provincial/territorial per diem rates and rules will be reimbursed.

FNCFS:

In addition to the eligible expenditures in Table 2, Development (under Directive 20-1), Preparatory Phase (under the EPFA) and Social Development Program Management Infrastructure Initiative (SDPMII) funding is also available for development and capacity projects.

See Annex A for further information.

7. Stacking Limits

The stacking limit maximum level of funding to a recipient from all sources (including federal, provincial/territorial, and/or municipal) for any one activity, initiative or project is 100 percent of eligible costs.

8. Method for Determining the Amount of Funding

FVPP:

FNCFS:

See Annex A for further information.

9. Maximum Amount Payable

The annual amount for each recipient will not exceed the following dollar values listed in Table 3 of this document. These levels were arrived at by conducting a review of funding levels, expenditures and departmental expertise.

Table 3: FVPP and FNCFS Maximum Amount Payable per Eligible Recipient (000's)
Eligible Recipients FVPP FNCFS
  Core shelter operations Prevention and awareness Directive
20-1/ EPFA
1965 Alberta Reform Development/ Preparatory and SDPMII
Chiefs and Councils of First Nation bands $1,000 $1,500 30,000 N/A N/A 3,300
Tribal councils
FNCFS Agencies and Societies
First Nations authority, board, committee or other entity approved by Chiefs and Councils
Provinces/Territory Negotiated amount N/A Negotiated amount Negotiated amount Negotiated
amount
3,300
Incorporated shelters $1,000 $1,500 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aboriginal communities and organizations N/A $1,500 N/A N/A N/A N/A
FN organizations or organizations supported by First Nations N/A N/A 30,000 N/A N/A 3,300
Other delegated/ designated Child and Family Service providers including provincially delegated/designated agencies and societies N/A N/A 30,000 N/A N/A 3,300

10. Basis on Which Payments will be Made

Payments will be made in accordance with the type of funding Authority entered into, and will also be based on program risk, recipient risk, departmental cash management policies and agreement management policies. Footnote 8

Funding under both FVPP and FNCFS is targeted and cannot be used for any other purposes.

Table 4: FVPP and FNCFS Funding Authorities
Type of
Funding
Authority
(Contribution)
FVPP FNCFS
Core shelter operations Prevention and Awareness Provincial/
Territorial bills
Maintenance Operations Prevention/
Least Disruptive Measures
Development/
Preparatory Phase
Set Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Fixed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flexible Footnote 9 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

11. Application Requirements and Assessment Criteria

Before entering into a funding arrangement, DIAND shall confirm its authorities to enter into an agreement with the recipient and to fund the proposed activities. The departmental review procedures for verifying eligibility, entitlement and application approval (including risk assessments) are detailed in relevant departmental program directives and procedures.

12. Monitoring and Reporting Mechanisms

The 2008 Policy on Transfer Payments requires effective monitoring and oversight for program management as follows:

Performance Measurement Strategy

To support a reduction in the reporting burden, performance measurement data will be collected using various methods and sources. Recipient requirements will be set out in departmental recipient reporting documents. Frequency of reporting will be based on recipient risk.

Financial Accountability

Financial reporting requirements will be reflected in the funding agreements and frequency will be based on the recipient risk.

13. Official Languages

Where a program supports activities that may be delivered to members of either official language community, access to services from the recipient will be provided in both official languages where there is significant demand and Part IV of the Official Languages Act is applicable. In addition, the Department will ensure that the design and the delivery of programs respect the obligations of the Government of Canada as set out in Part VII of the Official Languages Act.

14. Redistribution of Contributions

Recipients are not agents of the federal government in making redistribution of contributions. Where a recipient further distributes contribution funding to another service delivery organization (i.e. an authority, board, committee, or other entity authorized to act on behalf of the recipient), the recipient shall remain liable to the Department for the performance of its obligations under the funding agreement. Neither the objectives of the programs and services nor the expectations of transparent, fair and equitable services shall be compromised by any redistribution of contribution funding.

15. Other Terms and Conditions

Land-less Bands and Non-Reserve Communities

Subject to annual review, DIAND will maintain a list of land-less Bands and non-reserve communities that are eligible to receive program funding in accordance with the National Social Programs Manual.

Annex A - Eligible Initiatives and Projects

FVPP:

FNCFS:

In addition to the above funding mechanisms, DIAND also funds in the following ways:

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