Post-majority support services for First Nations youth and young adults

This is an overview of the implementation of post-majority support services as part of the immediate measures starting April 1, 2022, towards a larger reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Program.

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About post-majority support services

Post-majority support services assist youth aging out of care and young adults formerly in care across all provinces and in the Yukon, from the age of majority up to and including the age of 25.

Starting April 1, 2022, First Nations authorized service providers can submit claims for the reimbursement of costs related to these services to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) through the existing FNCFS claims process until March 31, 2023, or until the fully reformed program is implemented.

ISC will develop a post-majority support services toolkit to provide awareness of the expanded post-majority support services in the FNCFS Program.

The toolkit will:

Post-majority support services is an immediate measure which will support the evolution toward a fully reformed program. Post-majority support services will transition according to the reformed funding methodology, program service scope and mandate.


By focusing on the basic principles of the service and providing flexibility to service providers to design services while implementing post-majority support, services can be developed and delivered in a manner that:

ISC will take a youth and young adult-centred and reconciliation-first approach in receiving and processing requests from FNCFS providers and First Nations for post-majority support services.

Post-majority support services aim to support the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and young adults in a way that is:

The goal of post-majority support services is to provide wrap-around support that meets the distinct needs of First Nations youth and young adults and promotes and supports holistic positive outcomes for thriving youth and young adults.

Supports could include help with:


Post-majority support services are youth-and-young-adult-centered and needs based:

Youth and young adults accessing post-majority support services include:

Care status includes: extended society care, guardianship, custody, alternate care, kinship care. The definition of care includes when a child or youth, ordinarily resident on reserve or in the Yukon, is funded through the FNCFS Program and has been placed to live outside of the family/home of origin.

How to access funding

Delegated and partially delegated agencies and provincial and Yukon service providers will access post-majority support service funding through existing processes:

First Nations, or First Nations-authorized service providers can access post-majority support services funding through:

Expansion of post-majority support services providers in the FNCFS Program signifies:

Funded costs

The FNCFS Program Terms and Conditions include a list of eligible expenditures under the care and maintenance funding stream that support the delivery of post-majority support services.

Eligible activities under post-majority support services are based on needs of the youth or young adult. The below examples are informed by Equitable Standards for Transitions to Adulthood for Youth in Care and Children Back, Land Back.

Eligible activities could include assistance so young people have:

access to financial support

access to learning and educational opportunities

access to safe, stable, and comfortable housing

support to be physically, mentally and socially well

Post-Majority Support Services Toolkit and Regional Resource List

Comunication resource to inform First Nations youth and young adults who are or have been in care, and First Nations and FNCFS Providers, of the tools and supports available to them when navigating and accessing post-majority support services.

To request a copy, please email:

Stacking provision

The practice of "stacking" generally refers to the request of funding from one or multiple sources for the same purpose or activity, programs often stipulate rules or restrictions around this practice.

It is important to note that the compensation arising from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal or the class actions is not considered "stacking," for post-majority care recipients (that is to say, the compensation is not considered government funding of a program, service or support).

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