Elementary and Secondary Education Program
This program provides eligible students ordinarily living on reserve with elementary and secondary education programs comparable to those in provincial schools.
Budget 2016 is investing:
- $747.6 million over five years to address immediate funding needs in First Nations education. A portion of these funds will be delivered through the Elementary and Secondary Education Program to address pressures such as population increases reflected in the number of eligible students, increased costs of education service delivery, as well as to support students who leave their communities to attend school off reserve
- $824.1 million over five years to implement transformation in First Nations education
About the program
The Elementary and Secondary Education Program aims to help eligible students living on reserve reach similar educational outcomes to other Canadian students in the same province.
The program supports First Nations students to progress academically, graduate and contribute to their individual, family and community well-being.
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provides core funding, including funding for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities, directly to band councils and First Nations education organizations to support the 65% of First Nations students who attend schools on reserve.
For students who live on reserve but attend provincial schools off reserve, ISC pays the tuition amount charged by the province.
ISC also delivers services directly on reserve for seven federally-operated schools.
The goals of the program are to:
- increase students’ achievement levels in reading, writing, and mathematics
- encourage students to remain in school
- require schools to conduct student learning assessments
- put in place performance measurement systems that allow schools to assess, report on, and take steps to accelerate progress made by schools and students
The Elementary and Secondary Education Program also includes funding for services provided to First Nations students identified as having mild to moderate learning disabilities.
Students assessed with moderate to profound learning disabilities are eligible for funding under the High-Cost Special Education Program.
Families of a First Nations child who is not receiving the services and support that they need may contact a Jordan’s Principle representative for assistance.
Who can apply?
Funding is given directly to band councils, or to organizations designated by band councils, based on the number of students listed in the Nominal Roll.
To be included on the Nominal Roll, a student must be eligible, registered for school, and be in regular attendance on the last school day of September in a school year.
How to apply?
There is no formal application process for the Elementary and Secondary Education Program, as funding is given directly to band councils, or to organizations designated by band councils, based on the number of students listed on the Nominal Roll. To receive funding, recipients must show that a student meets the requirements to be included on the Nominal Roll.
To determine if a student is eligible to be included on the Nominal Roll and to receive department funding, please consult the Elementary and Secondary Education Program: National Program Guidelines 2018-2019.
To find out more, contact ISC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 1-800-567-9604 and ask to speak to an Education officer.