Grant Name: Shelter Initiative for Inuit Women and Children







Inuit women, children and 2SLGBTQIAA+ people face unique challenges and barriers to housing. For those who experience gender-based violence, a shelter is often a first step to rebuilding their lives and protecting them from further violence.

The Shelter Initiative is led by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). CMHC will provide forgivable loans for up to 100% of total eligible costs for the construction/rehabilitation of new shelters. ISC will also provide funding to support operational costs on an ongoing basis.

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has long been calling on the federal government to urgently provide shelters for Inuit women.  In 2020 Pauktuutit asked for a $20 million commitment towards the building of shelters and second‐stage transitional housing in Inuit Nunagat and in Ottawa for Inuit women and children escaping violence at our 2020 Annual General Meeting. In January 2021, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with the Honourable Ahmed Hussein, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, committed to fund the construction and operation of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres. Funding for the new Inuit specific shelters is part of the comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy as announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement. The strategy will also support new shelters and transitional (second-stage) housing for First Nations, Inuit and Métis across the country, including in the North and in urban areas.


Inuit representative organizations, Inuit governments, Inuit communities, provincial / territorial governments, municipalities, non-governmental and voluntary associations and organizations, including non-profit corporations are eligible to submit an application package.

Inuit applicants will be prioritized. All non-Inuit organizations, including provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, require demonstrated support from Inuit organizations or Inuit community groups to be eligible for funding.

Project Requirements

Proposed projects will have to meet the following requirements:

  • Intended use for Inuit women and children escaping family violence.
  • Demonstrated support from Inuit organizations or Inuit community groups.
  • Eligible to obtain operational support for the shelter through Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), in accordance with the posted Terms and Conditions.
  • Eligibility to obtain appropriate loan security to cover the value of the forgivable loan received.
  • Minimum requirements for energy efficiency and accessibility
  • Application package and financial worksheet completed.

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Funding Amount

Capital cost funding is delivered by CMHC, while funding for ongoing operating costs must be secured through ISC. The funding for both the construction and operation of the shelters will be sought through a single application.

The construction of the Inuit shelters will be financed through the Co-Investment Fund, with a forgivable loan for up to 100% of the total eligible capital costs.

On-going operational funding will be provided through ISC’s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP). Operational funding includes wraparound services, which are a comprehensive and holistic approach to addressing client needs and challenges. Wraparound services can include counselling, addiction services, mentorship, employment and housing support, skills development, training, childcare, and children’s programs. Applicants must provide an operational budget that is specific to their proposed facility.

Contribution amounts for operational funding are based on a national funding formula. The formula calculates a core operating budget for each shelter based on the province or territory of operation, size of area served and geographical location using four expenditure factors: staff salaries and benefits, operational and administrative costs, and where applicable, funds to cover the costs associated with remoteness and emergency needs.

Contact Information

1 Nicholas Street, Suite 520
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7

T: 613-238-3977
F: 613-238-1787
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