Canada. Indigenous Services Canada - Northern Ontario

Site: Ontario Regional Office - Toronto

Service: Jordan's Principle

Record #: IMP0328
Last Full Update: 31 Aug 2023

Contact Information

Office Phone 613-618-1833, Jordan's Principle requests
Toll Free Phone 1-855-572-4453, Jordan's Principle Call Centre 24-hour line
TTY Phone 1-866-553-0554

Description and Service Details

Description (Service)

A child first and need-based principle (not a program) that ensures First Nation children living on and off reserve have equitable access to all government-funded public services

  • Exists as a result of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) order
  • Created to resolve financial and jurisdictional disputes between and within provincial and federal governments as to who pays for services provided for First Nation children
  • Department of either government with first contact pays, then is later responsible for jurisdictional reimbursement

Funding is provided for a variety of health, social and educational needs and can include:

  • Addiction services
  • Assessments and screenings
  • Educational needs such as school supplies, tutoring services, teaching assistants, specialized school transportation, psycho-educational assessments, assistive technologies and electronics
  • Long-term care for children with specialized needs
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Mental health services
  • Mobility aids
  • Services for children in care
  • Services from Elders
  • Specialized hearing aids
  • Therapeutic services for individuals or groups (speech therapy, physiotherapy or occupational therapy)
  • Traditional healing services
  • Transportation to appointments

Also provides the following services:

  • Engagement and education to community members on Jordan's Principle
  • Support for community resource teams
  • Physical education and sports programs after school, in the evenings and on weekends
  • Assistance to identify children in the community with unmet needs and to identify service gaps

Call Centre: Mon-Sun 24 hours

Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility Any child under the age of majority in their province/territory of residence who permanently resides in Canada on or off reserve and meets one of the following criteria:
  • is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act
  • has one parent or guardian who is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act
  • is recognized by their Nation and meets an identified health, education or social need for the purposes of Jordan's Principle
  • is ordinarily resident on reserve
  • Completed consent form and application required
  • Contact the Jordan's Principle Wrap-Around Lead Coordinator of community with originating request for assistance

If request is denied, an Appeal may be sent in as a written request within one year of the date of denial

Languages English
Fees None

Site Information

Located In Community Toronto
Address & Map
655 Bay St
3rd Fl, Suite 301
Toronto, ON
Canada M5G 2K4
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Physical Access Fully Accessible

Categories and Classification

HCSD Main Heading Indigenous Peoples
HCSD Sub Heading Individual & Family Supports
Service Categories Indigenous Child First Initiatives

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