Ep. 15: Becoming a Behaviour Detective

What is Jordan's Principle?

Jordan’s Principle exists to help First Nations children aged 0 to 17 get the products, services, or support they need, when they need them. These services include education, healthcare, childcare, recreation, culture and language. Jordan’s Principle is a Child First initiative for First Nations children across Canada, based on the legal principle of substantive equality.

For More Information in Eeyou Istchee

The CBHSSJB acts as a regional focal point for Jordan’s Principle applications coming from Eeyou Istchee. We are available to assist you with your applications or help answer any questions you might have before or after applying. We do not make the final decision on any applications that come our way. Indigenous Service Canada ultimately makes all final decisions on applications based on legal drivers, substantive equality and the best interests of the child. The regional focal point serves as a support in the application process, and to ensure that Indigenous Service Canada has all of the regional/contextual elements to make an appropriate decision on applications that come from Eeyou Istchee.

Please direct any questions or applications to us by email at:


For information regarding Jordan’s Principle applications in the rest of Canada, click here.

Download the Jordan's Principle Application Forms (PDF)

Who was Jordan?

Jordan River Anderson was born in Norway House Cree Nation, Manitoba in 1999, with multiple disabilities and stayed in the hospital from birth. When he was 2 years old, doctors said he could move to a special home for his medical needs. However, the federal and provincial governments could not agree on who should pay for his home-based care. Jordan passed away in the hospital at the age of 5.

In 2007, the House of Commons passed Jordan’s Principle in memory of Jordan. Today, Jordan’s Principle is a legal obligation, which means it has no end date—it will support First Nations children for generations to come.

What Kinds of Services are Covered?*

The following are just examples of products and services that have been requested through Jordan’s Principle. It is not a definitive or exhaustive list.

Health and Social

  • Specialized day camp
  • Respite care
  • Specialist evaluations/assessments
  • Medical equipment
  • Training for staff
  • Mental health services

Education and Daycare

  • Adapted school transport
  • Support worker
  • Tutoring services
  • Assessments
  • Assistive technology


  • Land-based healing
  • Elder services
  • Cultural Programs

Jordan’s Principle ensures that funding for various types of services, including culturally appropriate services, are available for Indigenous children in need where there is a gap A gap exists when the required service is not provided or covered by the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB), the Cree School Board (CSB), the Cree Nation Government (CNG) or any other publicly available funding/service. Jordan’s Principle provides punctual support and is intended to be a last resort funding option.in service. Requests are evaluated by Indigenous Service Canada on a case-by-case basis using a back-to-basics approach. Contact the Jordan’s Principle team at the CBHSSJB to find out if your requested service can be covered.

Is My Child Eligible for Jordan's Principle?

Current eligibility criteria under Jordan’s Principle are:

  • The child must be aged 0 – 17 years old
  • The child is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act
  •  The child has one parent/guardian who is registered or eligible to be registered under the
    Indian Act
  • The child is living on or off territory

How Do I Get Started?

Start by reflecting on the following questions:

Does your child have a need that is not being met?
What product or service can respond to that need?
Is there a gap in service?

The following documents are required to apply:
  • Application form (available to download on this page)
  • 10-digit Indian Status Registration number (of the child or their parent)
  • Support letter from a professionalProfessional refers to someone who works directly with your child and who is recognized for the work that they do within the child’s circle of care
  • Detailed information on the service or product needed
  • Total estimated costs/budget; your budget should include all of the costs associated with the requested product or service, including things like transportation, shipping fees, taxes, etc. (An official quote is an asset but is not mandatory)
  • Signed consent form
  • If relevant, supporting documents from a medical, social or health professional (for example, reports, assessments, etc.)
For any questions, you can seek support from your regional focal point team.

How Do I Submit an Application?

  1. Gather the above-mentioned documents and information and put together a plan for the requested services.
  2. Complete the Jordan’s Principle Application Form (available to download on this webpage or can be requested by contacting us at 18tcr.jordans.principle@ssss.gouv.qc.ca )
  3. Send the Application Form and supporting documents to 18tcr.jordans.principle@ssss.gouv.qc.ca
  4. A PPRO from the CBHSSJB’s Jordan’s Principle team will review your application and send it to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) for evaluation once it is complete.  If any information is missing, it is possible that the PPRO asks you for additional information or documents at this stage.  The PPRO will will inform you once your application has been submitted to ISC. 

For an application to be considered complete, it must have all of the above-mentioned elements and documentation.  For individual applications, Indigenous Services Canada typically issues a decision within 48 hours of receiving a complete application. For group applications, a decision is typically issued within 7 days of receiving a complete application. It is possible that the total application processing time exceeds the outlined delays if important elements or information are missing.

Post-Approval Process

  1. A Jordan’s Principle PPRO will send you the decision of your request along with the following information:
    1. Approval case number (#ISC-XXXXXX)
    2. Services and total amount approved
  2. You will be asked to provide all relevant receipts, invoices, and banking information in order for payment, reimbursement, or reservations to be processed.  Keep all invoices and appointment certificates as records for verification.
  3. If you are requesting that the Jordan’s Principle team orders for you, please allow for a minimum of four weeks.
  4. If you are requesting that Jordan’s Principle team organize travel for you, please allow for a minimum of four weeks.

Please factor in a delay of 2 – 6 weeks for processing payments, reimbursements and purchases.

To request a training or presentation on Jordan’s Principle in your community, contact us at 18tcr.jordans.principle@ssss.gouv.qc.ca.

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