Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP)

Program Summary

More than half of Indigenous peoples in Canada live in urban centres. Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP ) was created in 2017, based on feedback received during the engagement on the Urban Aboriginal Strategy that took place in 2016.

UPIP is designed to assist First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis living in or transitioning to urban centres. An urban centre is considered to be an urban area having a population of at least 1,000 people and a population density of no fewer than 400 people per square kilometre. Funding is also available for organizations that serve rural and northern areas that act as hubs for those living on reserves or in smaller northern settlements.

UPIP has four streams of funding:

  1. organizational capacity
  2. programs and services
  3. coalitions
  4. research and innovation

The Government of Canada will provide $53 million each year to UPIP, beginning in 2017-2018.

Eligible Recipients

Each stream of UPIP funding has its own eligibility requirements. Common requirements for all streams include:

recipients must be located in an urban centre
all initiatives and projects must advance the objectives of Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples
In addition, all non-Indigenous organizations, including municipal governments, health and education authorities and institutions, require demonstrated support from Indigenous organizations or Indigenous community groups to be eligible for funding.

Application Deadline

There are currently no open calls for proposals.