First Nation funding streams

People and distribution of goods

Funding for First Nations communities to access emergency relief and supports including:

  • Emergency needs such as food, water, basic household goods, baby and elderly care supplies
  • Ongoing food security, including supports for hunters, trappers and communal storage
  • Transportation and distribution of goods to communities
  • Transportation of medical and mental health workers into and out of communities, and of community members to medical treatments outside the community

First Nation community awareness and prevention

Funding to support emergency communications and community outreach, including:

  • Community communication tools and translation
  • Outreach to vulnerable groups
  • Enhanced public health measures

First Nation pandemic planning

Funding to build regional and community capacity for culturally appropriate community and pandemic planning, including:

  • Salaries and wages
  • Meetings and IT
  • Community health coordination
  • Supports to implement existing emergency plans

First Nation self-isolation facilities

Funding to enable First Nations communities to contract with private or public facilities which may be repurposed as self-isolation facilities or field hospitals and to support the purchase of appropriate supplies and equipment.

Priority will be given to communities experiencing the most need, including those where COVID-19 cases are identified.

Who can apply

Ontario First Nations, Tribal Councils and Provincial Territorial Organizations (PTOs) can apply for funds from one or more of the funding streams that best address their needs.

How to apply

Applications for this funding closed on June 12, 2020 and applicants have been notified of funding decisions.