Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy

Financial assistance to support Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education.


To ensure that Inuit students have the same opportunities for success as other students in Canada, Budget 2019 has been investing $125.5 million over 10 years, beginning in fiscal year 2019 to 2020 and $21.8 million ongoing for the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy. The strategy is designed specifically through engagement coordinated by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in collaboration with the Inuit land-claim organizations.

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About the strategy

This strategy reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to a renewed relationship with Inuit, 1 framed by principles of reconciliation, including:

The goal of the strategy is to close the post-secondary education attainment gap between Inuit students and non-Indigenous students in Canada through distinctions-based and regionally delivery strategic support. This transformational approach includes:

Student financial support

Funding is allocated annually for direct financial support for Inuit post-secondary students. Eligible expenses include:

  • transcript and application fees
  • tuition and other students fees
  • initial professional certification and examination fees
  • books and supplies
  • supplemental tutorial, guidance and counseling services
  • living expenses, including for dependents, if applicable
  • transportation support when needed
  • expenses associated with travel home, including for dependents, as applicable
  • child care as needed

Programs and services

Funding is allocated annually for activities based on local needs assessments to promote students' pursuit of post-secondary education and the attainment of a credential. These include:

  • academic readiness and support
  • wraparound services to students and their families such as:
    • student-peer mentorship
    • career counselling
    • Elder guidance
    • student cultural support
  • outreach and navigation services
  • cultural education and life-skills development
  • information technology and remote location access to allow students the opportunity to complete distance education or online courses from their home communities

Community engagement

Funding is allocated annually for community-level activities focused on the benefits of post-secondary accreditation and preparing students leaving for post-secondary education. Eligible activities include:

  • local sessions for prospective students about post-secondary opportunities, course offerings and program eligibility
  • facilitating peer-to-peer transitions between prospective Inuit post-secondary students and alumni
  • creating awareness, showcasing and celebrating success of alumni

National coordination

To support the delivery of this strategy, 5% of annual funding will be provided to the National Coordination Secretariat (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) for staffing, information and physical infrastructure necessary to meet local and regional needs.

Eligible expenses include:

  • data collection and management
  • needs assessment and analysis
  • engagement and partnerships
  • management of processes and systems to support delivery
  • development of culturally relevant content or curricula, as required

Who can apply

Initial recipients

Initial recipients eligible to have a funding agreement with Indigenous Services Canada in the fiscal year 2024 to 2025 are:

Each initial Inuit recipient will determine the mechanisms for funding distribution to the eligible ultimate recipients.

The National Coordination Secretariat will be determined by consensus of all Inuit land-claim organizations or their designates.

Ultimate recipients

Those who are eligible to receive funding distributed by the initial recipients are:

  • Inuit who are:
    • beneficiaries of an Inuit land-claims agreement
    • who reside in Canada
  • community, education organizations and regional service providers, including, but not limited to:
    • child care services
    • employment programs
    • mental health supports
  • post-secondary institutions generally recognized through an accrediting body such as:
    • Universities Canada
    • Colleges and Institutes Canada
    • other professional associations and certification boards


Inuit students, service providers and post-secondary institutions who are interested in accessing available funding should consult Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami or their respective Inuit land-claim organization.

How to apply

Inuit students, service providers and post-secondary institutions who are interested in accessing available funding should consult Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami or their respective Inuit land-claim organization.

To learn more about accessing Post-Secondary Education funding, please refer to the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy: National Guidelines 2024 to 2025.

Additional financial assistance for Inuit students

The Government of Canada works with most provincial or territorial governments to support Indigenous students in achieving their post-secondary educational goals.

The Canada Student Financial Assistance Program offers grants and loans to full-time and part-time students to help pay for their post-secondary education.

To learn more, visit: Canada Student Grants and Loans.

You might also be interested in learning about other financial assistance that may be available to you:

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