On-Reserve Housing Innovation Fund Guidelines

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) seeks to support First Nation communities for approaches to on-reserve housing management and governance that are innovative and beneficial to the entire community.


  1. The funding is non-renewable and available for 2016-2018 only.
  2. For the Innovation Fund, the three classes of eligible recipients are the following:
    1. First Nations beneficiaries such as First Nation/Innu/Inuit governments; Bands/Settlements (lands, reserves, trusts); District Councils/Chiefs Councils; and, Tribal Councils.
    2. First Nation Organizations such as Societies; Institutions; Corporations (where the major shareholder is First Nation/Innu/Inuit); and, Partnerships (e.g. public – private).
  3. Please note that Aboriginal Representative Organizations (AROs) are eligible recipients
  4. The project is eligible under one of the investment categories detailed below.
  5. The project is ranked using the On-Reserve Housing Innovation Fund's points-based evaluation grid.
  6. The project will result in an innovative approach to on-reserve housing that can be shared with and promoted to other communities across Canada, thus resulting in greater positive impacts.

Eligible Investment Categories

  1. On-reserve Housing Governance Structures/Models
    First Nations, Organizations and Tribal Councils using/developing new housing governance models to support their housing portfolio or improve their current governance, including but not limited to:
    • Housing Authority: An independent entity that manages, operates, and administers housing funding and programs.

      Maximum amount eligible: $80,000 – for the creation and implementation of the Housing Authority.

      Eligible costs include: Community consultations, Legal and/or Consultant fees, Project management support.
    • Aggregation of housing service delivery: Multiple First Nations and/or Housing Authorities grouping their activities under a single entity.

      Maximum amounts eligible:
      • $80,000 – for the creation and implementation of the Aggregated Housing Authority.
      • $20,000 – for a feasibility study or an organization wishing to engage with multiple First Nations on the creation of an Aggregated Housing Authority.
      Eligible costs include Community consultations, Legal fees, Project management support.
    • Mentoring: A First Nation who wants to receive mentoring or who wants to give mentoring training from/to another First Nation to support them in the process of developing housing plans, policies, and other aspect of housing management and governance.

      Maximum amounts eligible: $25,000
      Eligible costs include Salary for the mentor, Travel expenses for the mentor (maximum $15,000), Project management support, Community consultations.
  2. Alternative financing models
    First Nations using alternative financing models to support their on-reserve housing needs, including but not limited to:
    • Revolving loan fund: Support for the development of policies, procedures, documents or bylaws required for the operation or star-up of a revolving loan fund, or provide seed funding for the financing of home ownership

Evaluation Grid: On-Reserve Housing Innovation Fund

For all categories:

Cost Sharing

POINTS AWARDED:  _________
The First Nation(s) will cover the following share of the total costs:  
__  0-5% = 40 points
__  5-10% = 80 points
__  10-15% = 120 points
__  15-20% = 160 points
__  20-25% = 200 points
__  25-30% = 240 points
__  30-35% = 320 points
__  35-40% = 340 points
__  40-45% = 400 points
__  45-50%= 440 points
__  50 + = 480 points
On-reserve Housing Governance

POINTS AWARDED:  _________
Housing Authority
__ Creation and Implementation = 500 points
Aggregation of Service Delivery
__ Creation and Implementation = 520 points
__ Engagement  or Feasibility Study = 200 points
Mentoring = 500 points
Alternative Financing Models

POINTS AWARDED:  _________
Revolving Loan Funds
  • Creation and Implementation = 520 points
  • Engagement and/or Pilots = 260 points
  • Enhancements and aggregation = 210 points
  • Development/dissemination of support materials = 150 points.

POINTS AWARDED:  _________
__  Needs Identification Form includes clear list of deliverables with detailed descriptions and timelines = 300 points    
__  Needs Identification Form includes list of deliverables, but descriptions and timelines are vague or absent = 150 points   
__  No clear deliverables described= 0 points (will not be considered)
Total Points Awarded:____________ (Max of 1,820 points)
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