Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy: National Guidelines 2021 to 2022

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Introduction

These guidelines include specific criteria supporting the terms and conditions of the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy.

These national guidelines are effective as of April 1, 2021 and replace the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy 2020 to 2021 Guidelines.

They are to be read in conjunction with the terms and conditions and the funding agreement signed by the initial funding recipient.

Local operating guidelines

Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy initial recipients may issue local guidelines, provided they are consistent with the terms and conditions of the strategy and the requirements set out in these guidelines.

Requirements for local guidelines are listed below. All initial recipients commit, as part of the funding agreement, to providing prospective applicants with ready access to the local guidelines.

Local guidelines refer to guidelines developed by each initial recipient that are specific to their particular circumstance and jurisdiction.

Initial recipients who choose not to issue local guidelines must nonetheless deliver a clear application process for students applying, which includes:

Initial recipients must make available up-to-date local guidelines and information about the processes for students applying for financial support and publish these online throughout the year.

Local guidelines and processes must, at minimum, include, but are not limited to:

Eligible activities

Eligible activities include all those related to the following 4 components of the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy: student financial support, programs and services, community engagement and governance or national coordination. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

Funding approaches for initial recipients

Transfer payments to Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy funding recipients may be made using fixed contribution or flexible contribution, depending on the eligibility of the recipient and of the service to be delivered.

Set funding may be used if the recipient so wishes.

The ISC officer responsible for the strategy can advise on the eligibility for these funding approaches, as well as on the requirements for managing the funds. The funding approach used to transfer funds to a recipient is identified in the recipient's signed funding agreement.

The following specific program directions for managing transfer payments complement the directions provided in the recipient's signed funding agreement and are to be read in conjunction with the funding agreement.

Set contribution funding

Reallocation of funding: reallocation of funds is not allowed with transfer payments made using set contribution.

Fixed contribution funding

Reallocation of funding: during the fiscal year, recipients may reallocate funds between eligible activities and expenditures of each component of the strategy but not between the different components.

Unexpended funding: recipients may retain unexpended funding from a fiscal year, to expend in the 1 year period immediately following the fiscal year for which it was provided, on eligible activities and expenditures of any of the 4 components of the strategy.

Flexible contribution funding

Reallocation of funding: during the fiscal year, recipients may reallocate funds between eligible activities and expenditures of each component of the strategy but not between the different components.

Unexpended funding: recipients may retain unexpended funding remaining at the end of each fiscal year, to expend in a subsequent fiscal year, to further achieve results toward any of the 4 components of the strategy.

Reporting requirements

The recipients will be responsible for completing an annual report that will be submitted to ISC education representative at Headquarters by June 30, 2022, that will cover the indicators that are stated in the strategy's terms and conditions. The report should include information on what was achieved under each component of the strategy that recipients received funding for.

The reporting requirements (program and financial reports) and their respective due dates are listed in the recipient's funding agreement and details on these requirements are available in the Reporting Guide.

Personal information

ISC's collection and use of personal information and other records for the purposes of targeted program reviews (for example, desk and on-site reviews) will be limited to what is necessary to ensure delivery requirements are met.

ISC is responsible for all information and records in its possession. The confidentiality of the information will be managed by ISC in accordance with the Privacy Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. P-21 and other related policies on privacy. Recipients are responsible for the protection of personal information as per applicable provincial privacy statutes and regulations and the recipient's policies up to the point that the personal information is transferred to ISC.

Accountability

ISC is committed to providing assistance to recipients in order to help them effectively carry out obligations under these guidelines and their funding agreements. ISC departmental contacts are available to answer questions and provide guidance related to ISC programs and strategies and funding.

Initial recipients must:

Contact information

For more strategy information, visit:

You can also write to:

Education Branch
Indigenous Services Canada
10 Wellington Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4

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