Jordan’s Principle

In Memory of Jordan River Anderson was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba who was born in 1999 with multiple disabilities. He lived over two years in a hospital because federal and provincial governments could not agree on who would pay for his at-home care. The reason for this is that federal and provincial/territorial governments cannot agree on which government should pay for services to First Nations children on reserves so they typically do not provide the service until they can sort out the payment issue. Unfortunately, Jordan died at the age of 5 before he could experience living in a loving home.


On December 12,2007, The House of Commons supported a motion that affirms Jordan’s Principle, in named memory of Jordan River Anderson. A Federal court ruling in 2013, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision in 2016 means that Jordan’s Principle is now legal law in Canada. 


Jordan’s Principle is a legal requirement resulting from Orders of the Canadians Human Rights (CHRT). -it is not a program or policy. There is no end date to Jordan’s Principle. While programs and initiatives to support Jordan’s Principle may only exist for short periods of time, please be assured Jordan’s Principle will always be there. 


Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nation Two-spirit and LGBTTTQQIA children and youth, and those with disability.


What is Funded?


  • mobility aids
  • wheelchair ramps
  • addiction services
  • services from Elders
  • mental health services
  • specialized hearing aids
  • traditional healing services
  • services for children in care
  • assessments and screenings
  • transportation to appointments
  • medical supplies and equipment
  • long-term care for children with specialized needs
  • therapeutic services for individuals or groups (speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy)


social worker

  • land-based activities
  • personal support worker
  • specialized summer camps
  • respite care (individual or group)
  • specialized programs based on cultural beliefs and practices


school supplies

  • tutoring services
  • teaching assistants
  • specialized school transportation
  • psycho-educational assessments
  • assistive technologies and electronics

Jordan’s Principle responds to the unmet needs of First Nations children no matter where they live in Canada. All First Nations Children ages 0-18 years old with an identified need for a public funded service or support, must have permanently reside in Canada and if the child meets one of the following criteria.

Who is eligible?

  • Is registered or eligible to be registered under Indian Act.
  • Has one parent or guardian who is registered under the Indian Act;
  • Is recognized by their nation for the purposes of Jordan Principle; or 
  • Is resident on reserve



OFFICE: 1-833-355-5501



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» Section 1 and 2 filled out for each child

Letter of Hardship

  • Explain your situation and why you require support
  • What supports are needed and how this will benefit the child[ren] in your care
  • A list of children’s names, birth dates, and treaty numbers [if applicable]


Letter of Support

  • a Must be professional from social worker, family support worker, education, or band representative. The letter must have a title and letter head as proof of professionalism.

Furniture Quote

  • International Furniture Wholesalers (OR) Surplus Furniture


Supporting Documents

  • Utility bills, lease agreement, eviction/disconnection notice

Once you have all the requirements, you can submit application to



You can go to International Furniture Wholesalers or Surplus Furniture for your quotes.

  • Children under 12 are eligible for 1 twin bed mattress, box spring, bed frame, and dresser
  • Children over 12 are eligible for 1 double bed mattress, box spring, bed frame, and dresser
  • 1 couch per family
  • 1 kitchen dining set per family


Items not eligible under Jordan’s Principle

  • Headboard, footboards
  • Nightstands
  • Coffee tables
  • Mattress protectors
  • Sectional couches Warranties
  • Mirrors


Jordan’s Principle is not an income supplement program and the approval is provided as a ONE-TIME bridge only. Fraudulent documents are not acceptable and are punishable by terminated services. 

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