Funding for First Nation and Inuit Policing Facilities
In November 2018, the Government of Canada created a new program, Funding for First Nation and Inuit Policing Facilities, to provide better policing infrastructure for the people who live and work in Indigenous communities.
Through the program, the Government of Canada is investing $88.6 million over seven years, starting in 2019, to improve policing facilities in First Nation and Inuit communities. These investments will support First Nation and Inuit communities to ensure their policing infrastructure meets building, policing facility, and health and safety standards.
The program is cost-shared 52%-48% with the provinces and territories and will provide funding to repair, renovate, or replace policing facilities owned by First Nation and Inuit communities.
The program will be implemented in two phases:
- In the first phase, beginning in March 2019, communities with policing facilities known to require urgent repairs will be contacted to access program funding over two years.
A request for Proposals (RFP) will be launched winter 2020 to identify a contractor(s) to conduct an independent, professional assessment of First Nation and Inuit police facilities.
- In the second phase, starting in 2020-2021, projects will be selected for funding based on the results of a professional assessment of First Nation and Inuit police service facilities and a set of national merit criteria. The national criteria will be developed in collaboration with provinces and territories and with input from First Nation and Inuit organizations.
Safe policing facilities will result in the delivery of better quality policing services and contribute to safer First Nation and Inuit communities.
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