+ What is Jordan’s Principle?

  • Jordan’s Principle aims to make sure First Nations children can access all public services in a way that is reflective of their distinct cultural needs, takes full account of the historical disadvantage linked to colonization, and without experiencing any service denials, delays, or disruptions related to their First Nation status. The government of first contact pays for service and resolves jurisdictional/payment disputes later.

+ What is Substantive Equality?

  • Jordan’s Principle applies to all public services, including services that are beyond the normative standard of care to ensure substantive equality. Substantive equality seeks to address the inequalities that stem from an individual’s particular circumstances, taking into account historical, geographical and cultural needs and circumstances in an effort to help put them at the same position as others. It is all about safeguarding the best interests of the child.

+ What kind of services does Jordan’s Principle cover?Jordan’s Principle applies to all public services including:

Health and Medical

  • Medical transportation
  • Therapies (e.g. occupational, physio, speech, audiology)
  • Medical equipment

Culture and Language

  • Traditional food programs
  • Elder support
  • Land-based camps
  • Language instruction


  • Equipment
  • Registration fees
  • Transportation

Social Supports

  • Support for children in care
  • Counselling
  • Respite
  • Family treatment


  • Cultural and emotional support in school
  • Assessments
  • One-on-one educational support
  • Technology and communication devices
  • Transportation

+ How do I apply for Jordan’s Principle funding?

Step 1. Connect

A request for service can be made for an individual child or a group of children. You can make a request in two ways:

  1. Email or call the CYFN service coordinator at jordans.principle@nullcyfn.net or toll-free at 1-833-393-9200. We will assist you through the referral process and help you understand the scope of services eligible through Jordan’s Principle.
  2. Email Indigenous Services Canada directly at hc.nrjordansprinciple-principedejordanrn.sc@nullcanada.ca.

Step 2. Provide Information

All requests for services will require:

  1. Name, date of birth, and status number of the child
  2. Service requested
  3. Estimated cost

Step 3. Submit the Request

The CYFN service coordinator will submit the request of your behalf to Indigenous Services Canada, and help you navigate the process upon approval.