Fiscal arrangements with self-governing Indigenous groups

Learn more about the Government of Canada’s fiscal approach for self-government agreements with Indigenous groups.

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Fiscal approach for self-government arrangements

In July 2015, the Government of Canada released a policy framework for implementing fiscal arrangements with self-governing Indigenous groups. Learn more about Canada's Fiscal Approach for Self-Government Arrangements.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that modern treaties and self-government agreements continue to contribute to strengthened and renewed relationships with Indigenous groups across Canada. The effective implementation of reasonably stable, predictable, and flexible fiscal arrangements is an essential component of success for self-government.

As of March 2016, the government has concluded individual fiscal arrangements with more than 25 Aboriginal governments as part of the self-government negotiation process. These arrangements are renewed on a periodic basis.

Based on many years of experience, the government has identified the need to improve its approach to these self-government fiscal arrangements, and will work collaboratively with self-governing Indigenous groups to develop an improved fiscal policy framework that will strengthen self-governing Indigenous groups and their relationship with the Government of Canada.

In May 2016, representatives from the Government of Canada and self-governing Indigenous groups from across Canada met to initiate a collaborative fiscal policy development process. This process ensures that the fiscal policy framework supports  renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples.

The Government of Canada will continue to honour all existing commitments in modern treaties and self-government agreements, including commitments to negotiate fiscal matters with individual signatory groups.

Own-source revenue

Find out how the Government of Canada's Own-Source Revenue policy takes into account the ability of self-governing Indigenous groups to contribute to the costs of their own government activities when determining the level of federal transfers, and what is included and excluded in the calculation.

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