Fact Sheet - The Improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy: Urban Partnerships and Community Capacity Support

Date: December 1, 2014

Urban Partnerships Program

The Urban Partnerships program brings together governments, Aboriginal communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors in partnership to support projects that remove barriers preventing urban Aboriginal people from fully participating in the economy. Projects that will be considered for funding include initiatives, research and approaches that increase the economic participation of urban Aboriginal individuals and communities.

Any organizations that deliver programs and services that support the program's objectives can apply to the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) for project funding.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) will deliver the portion of the funding dedicated to establishing new regional work plans in partnership with Aboriginal community organizations, the provinces and territories. Once established, this new process will help guide NAFC project funding decisions starting in 2014-15.

Community Capacity Support Program

The Community Capacity Support program supports urban Aboriginal organizations with the goal of increasing participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy. The program provides operational funding to urban Aboriginal community organizations to help them maintain a strong and stable base from which to attract public and private contributions while assisting them in delivering programs and services.

Any urban Aboriginal organizations that can support the program's objectives – principally increasing the participation of urban Aboriginal peoples in the economy – are welcome to apply to the NAFC.


Renewed funding for the improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy includes an annual contribution of $53.1 million in both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Of that amount, over $30 million annually is dedicated to the new Urban Partnerships program while over $23 million annually is for Community Capacity Support.

While funding levels for urban Aboriginal programs remain constant, the new programs are streamlined, which reduces the cost of administering and delivering the programs. As a result, more funds are available to support community projects, initiatives and programs dedicated to increasing the participation of urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada's economy.

Consolidation of AANDC Urban Aboriginal Programming

The following four programs were consolidated as of March 31, 2014 into two new programs called Community Capacity Support and Urban Partnerships:

  • Young Canada Works for Aboriginal Urban Youth
  • Aboriginal Friendship Centre Program
  • Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth
  • Urban Aboriginal Strategy program

These programs provided support and services to urban Aboriginal peoples. The Urban Partnerships and Community Capacity Support programs will continue to support urban Aboriginal peoples but with a reduced administrative burden.

For additional information on previous AANDC urban Aboriginal programming, please consult this Backgrounder.


The Government of Canada's improved, consolidated UAS took effect April 1, 2014, replacing previous urban Aboriginal programming. This information sheet outlines the new and streamlined approach, which focuses on increasing the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy and was developed following engagement sessions with urban Aboriginal communities and other relevant stakeholders.

The improved UAS includes the consolidation of previous urban Aboriginal programming into two new programs – Urban Partnerships and Community Capacity Support – and the development of a new delivery model in collaboration with the NAFC.

This renewed approach to urban programming works alongside other Government of Canada initiatives, including the reform of the First Nation Income Assistance: Skills and Job Training program and the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy to support Aboriginal people as they contribute to the labour force and to the strength of Canada's economy.

For more information on the improved Urban Aboriginal Strategy, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions on the Department's website.