We will expand investment in First Nations communities and work toward forging a new fiscal relationship with First Nations.
For nearly 20 years, investments in First Nations programs have been subject to a two percent cap on annual funding increases. As a result, federal funding has not kept up with population growth and inflation in First Nations communities.
We will immediately lift the two percent cap on funding for First Nations programs and work to establish a new fiscal relationship that gives First Nations communities sufficient, predictable, and sustained funding. Increasing First Nations’ own source revenues, whether through revenue sharing or other mechanisms, will be a priority.
As part of this new fiscal relationship, we will also make sure that all First Nations receive equitable funding for child and family services provided on reserves.