Jordan's Principle

Learn about Jordan's Principle, its recent changes and how it protects First Nations children.

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About Jordan's Principle

Jordan's Principle is an initiative that addresses the needs of all First Nations children. This initiative helps ensure that:

Services will be provided despite jurisdictional service gaps or disputes over payment of needed services between:

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For more information, or if you believe you have encountered a potential Jordan's Principle case and have not been able to resolve it at the community level, contact your:

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Current approach

Canadians want children to have the best chance in life. We're committed to ensuring that First Nations children get access to the health and social services they need.

In 2016, Canada adopted measures to help ensure that the needs of First Nations children are put first. These measures include:

In addition, we expanded the application of Jordan's Principle to apply to all First Nations children.

We have also removed the eligibility requirement that a First Nations child on reserve must have multiple disabilities that need various service providers.


Jordan River Anderson was a First Nation child born with a rare disorder who required hospitalization from birth. The provincial and federal governments could not agree on who was financially responsible for his care in a medical foster home.

Jordan's condition worsened and he passed away in hospital before both government levels could resolve who would pay for provided services.

On December 12, 2007, the House of Commons unanimously supported a Private Member's motion. The motion focused on adopting an approach that addresses First Nations children's needs first.

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