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Name of lead department(s): Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

Lead department program: Under AANDC's program alignment architecture, Urban Aboriginal Strategy is categorized under the Strategic Outcome entitled "The Land and Economy." The Program for the Initiative is entitled Urban Aboriginal Participation.

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: April 1, 2007

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: Ongoing

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date):

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

The Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) was developed in 1997 to respond to the needs of Aboriginal people living in key urban centres. Through the UAS, the Government of Canada provides flexible seed funding and seeks to partner with other levels of government, Aboriginal and community organizations, and the private sector to support initiatives that increase the economic participation of Aboriginal people living in urban centres.

In 2012, the Government of Canada extended the UAS and transferred three urban Aboriginal programs from Canadian Heritage to AANDC:

The transfer of these programs allows for greater focus and coordination of federal efforts to help urban and off-reserve Aboriginal people increase their participation in the Canadian economy.

Shared outcome(s):

The primary goal of the UAS is to better address issues facing Aboriginal people living in cities across Canada. The strategy seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

To accomplish these outcomes, UAS projects will focus investments in three priority areas:

Governance structure(s):

Steering committees are the catalysts for planning, making funding decisions and coordinating work through the UAS — along with other community activities — to respond to urban Aboriginal issues. Each UAS steering committee comprises a cross-section of the Aboriginal community to ensure the steering committee's decisions reflect broad community concerns and priorities. While the steering committee structure is meant to reflect local circumstances, each steering committee includes representation from the local Aboriginal community, the federal government, other levels of government and the private sector. The inclusive nature of the steering committees is indicative of the principle of partnership that underlies the UAS, particularly in keeping with the objective to establish strong and active partnerships between government and community.

Regardless of whether funding is delivered by a community organization, federal officials or a combination of the two, funding through the UAS is designed to promote co-operation with other key partners (including other federal departments) and stakeholders in support of community interests.

Planning Highlights:

The UAS works in partnership with other federal departments, provincial and municipal governments, Aboriginal communities and the private sector to make strategic investments designed to enhance the economic and social participation of Aboriginal people in Canada's urban centres. Community projects funded through the UAS focus on three priority areas:

The UAS also invests in building capacity within the urban Aboriginal community through investments that help form effective partnerships and develop and implement strategic plans that address the unique needs of each community.

The UAS will work on achieving greater horizontality across federal departments to maximize investments. It will explore and implement new and innovative approaches to increase horizontality.

The UAS will also work toward its core objectives, including closing the socio-economic gaps between urban Aboriginal people and other city residents and helping urban Aboriginal people increase their participation in the economy. It will realize these goals by leveraging funding from other levels of government and the private sector and by better aligning federal initiatives with provincial-municipal initiatives and other activities to better support.

The UAS is an opportunity-driven strategy designed to leverage other federal, provincial, municipal and private funding for community-based projects rather than funding pre-planned projects. For these reasons, variances will exist between the planned spending and partnering, and actual spending and partnering when the UAS reports on its results at the end of 2014-2015.

Federal Partners: Canadian Heritage, Public Safety Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Department of Justice

Federal Partner: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Federal Partner Program Names of programs funded under the horizontal initiative ($ millions)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for 2014–2015
Urban Aboriginal Participation Urban Aboriginal Strategy   13,500,000
Total   13,500,000

Expected results for 2014–2015:

UAS projects aim to increase the economic and social participation of urban Aboriginal people by focusing on three priority areas:

 

Federal Partner: Employment and Social Development Canada / Service Canada
Federal Partner Program Names of programs funded under the horizontal initiative ($)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for 2014–2015
  Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown Footnote 1
  Homelessness Partnering Initiative (HPI) Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
  New Horizons for Seniors (NHFS) Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
  Youth Employment Strategy (YES) Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
Total    

 

Federal Partner: Public Health Agency of Canada
Federal Partner Program Names of programs funded under the horizontal initiative ($)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for 2014–2015
  Community Action Program for Children Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
  Non-Reserve First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities HIV/AIDS Project Fund and Sexually Transmitted Infections Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
Total    

Expected results for 2014–2015:

UAS projects aim to increase the economic and social participation of urban Aboriginal people by focusing on three priority areas:

 

Federal Partner: Public Safety Canada
Federal Partner Program Names of programs
funded under the
horizontal initiative
($)
Total Allocation
(from Start to End Date)
Planned Spending
for
2014–2015
  National Crime Prevention Centre Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
Total    

Expected results for 2014–2015:

UAS projects aim to increase the economic and social participation of urban Aboriginal people by focusing on three priority areas:

 

Federal Partner: Department of Justice
Federal Partner Program Names of Programs
for Federal Partners
($)
Total Allocation
(from Start to End Date)
Planned Spending
for
2014–2015
  Aboriginal Justice Strategy Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
Total    

Expected results for 2014–2015:

UAS projects aim to increase the economic and social participation of urban Aboriginal people by focusing on three priority areas:

 

Federal Partner: Canadian Heritage Footnote 2
Federal Partner Program Names of programs
funded under the horizontal initiative
($)
Total Allocation
(from Start to End Date)
Planned Spending
for
2014–2015
  Aboriginal Women's Program Element Unknown at this time Planned Spending:
Unknown
Total    

Expected results for 2014–2015:

UAS projects aim to increase the economic and social participation of urban Aboriginal people by focusing on three priority areas:

 

Total Allocation For All Federal Partners (from Start to End Date) Total Planned Spending for All Federal Partners
for 2014–2015
Ongoing To be determined (Funding is dependent on availability of funds at the departmental level and the types of priorities identified at the local level.)

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners (if applicable):

N/A

Contact information:

Scott Stevenson
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Regional Operations Sector
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
72, rue Laval, Gatineau, QC
819-953-5574
Scott.stevenson@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Footnotes

Footnote 1

The UAS is an opportunity-driven strategy designed to leverage other federal, provincial, municipal and private funding for community-based projects rather than funding pre-planned projects. For this reason the planned spending and partnering will not be known until the UAS reports on its results at the end of 2014–2015.

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Footnote 2

In 2012 the Government of Canada transferred three Aboriginal programs from Canadian Heritage to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada: the Aboriginal Friendship Centres Program, Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth and Young Canada Works for Aboriginal Urban Youth. The transfer of the programs was intended to better align and coordinate federal efforts to help urban and off-reserve Aboriginal people increase their participation in the Canadian economy. Hence the planned funding from the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth Program (major partner of the UAS) is not listed in this table for 2013–2014 because the program is now administered by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

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