About Jordan's Principle
Learn about Jordan's Principle and how it is helping to ensure all First Nations children have access to the same supports and services as other children, no matter where they live.
As of February 23, 2017, a total of 3,305 requests for services and support have been approved for First Nations children.
- Contacts – Regional Focal Points for Jordan's Principle
- Jordan's Principle and Canada's approach to support its implementation
- Canada's actions since the January 2016 CHRT decision
- Government of Canada focused on making a difference for First Nations children and families
- Jordan’s Principle - Questions and Answers
Jordan's Principle is about helping to ensure all First Nations children have access to the same supports and services as other children, no matter where they live. To do this, we are:
- resolving situations where governments and departments cannot agree about who should pay for services and supports to meet the needs of a First Nations child
- covering the costs for health and social services and supports for First Nations children in situations when a First Nations child does not have access to a publicly-funded program usually available to other children
- facilitating access to health and social service and supports for all First Nations children without delay or disruption
Anyone who is aware of a First Nation child who is not receiving the health and social services and supports he/she needs, is encouraged to contact us through:
- the regional Jordan's Principle Focal Point contact; or
- the regional office of Health Canada or Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
Service Coordinators are currently being put in place across Canada. They will serve as a local contact and help children and families access the health and social services and supports they need.
Coverage for services and supports
One of the new policy activities we have put in place to support Jordan's Principle is the Child-First Initiative. This initiative aims to meet the needs of all First Nations children when there are gaps in existing programs and immediately provide health and social services and supports that are comparable to those available to other Canadian children.
As of February 23, 2017, a total of 3,305 requests for services and supports have been approved for First Nations children. These have been funded by our commitment of up to $382.5 million over three years for the Child-First Initiative.
So far, the Child-First Initiative has provided coverage for a variety of services and supports, including:
- respite care
- mental health services
- rehabilitative therapies
- services for children in care
- transportation to appointments
- medical supplies and equipment
- special education supports and services
- long-term care for children with specialized needs
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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