Infrastructure: a step-by-step process

Find out what steps you need to take when your First Nation needs infrastructure.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is committed to working with First Nation communities to support their infrastructure. INAC assesses projects on the basis of need:

Emergency

Community members notify band office, which activates the First Nation’s emergency management plan.


As part of the plan, if First Nation emergency capacity is overwhelmed, chief and council request outside assistance from the INAC regional office, the provincial/territorial emergency management organization, or a non-government emergency service provider, based on the arrangements which exist with the INAC region.


Infrastructure damage is assessed once emergency is over. Eligible costs could be covered by INAC’s Emergency Management Assistance Program.

Immediate need

Community members contact chief and council to discuss infrastructure need.


Chief and council contact INAC regional office to discuss need or identify risks.


Regional office discusses infrastructure need with chief and council and community members, working together to determine best approach.


Regional office works with chief and council to identify solutions and develop a plan and implement the project.

Long-term need

Community members contact chief and council (directly or through Comprehensive Community Planning process) to discuss infrastructure need.


Chief and council contact INAC regional office to discuss need or identify risks.


Regional office discusses infrastructure need with chief and council and community members, working together to determine best approach.


Regional office works with chief and council to include the new project in the First Nations Infrastructure Investment Plan.

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