Jordan's Principle

Jordan's Principle is a child-first principle to ensure First Nations children get the services they need when they need them. 

To submit a request for services through Jordan's Principle, call the Jordan's Principle 24-hour Call Centre: 1-855-JP-CHILD (1-855-572-4453) or visit


If you have any difficulties accessing services through Jordan's Principle, please contact the 24-hour Jordan's Principle Call Centre, your provincial child advocate or ombudsperson or please refer to the list on our Contact page

In the Spotlight:

  • On July 2, 2024, the Tribunal granted the First Nations Leadership Council Interested Party in the proceedings on the Jordan's Principle non-compliance motion. 


  • On June 7, 2024, the Caring Society filed its reply factum for the Jordan's Principle non-compliance motion.



  • On May 17, 2024, the Assembly of First Nations submitted its factum on the Caring Society's non-compliance motion on Jordan's Principle. 


  • On May 10, 2024, the Canadian Human Rights Commission submitted their factum for the Jordan's Principle non-compliance motion. COO submitted a letter reply to the Caring Society’s April 19 written submissions and on the non-compliance motion and cross-motion. 


  • UPDATED (July 2024): Read our information sheet on the Caring Society's non-compliance motion v. Canada on Jordan's Principle. 


  • On April 19, 2024, the Caring Society submitted its factum for the Jordan's Principle non-compliance motion. 


  • On April 12, 2024, Canada provided the requested information sought by the Caring Society during cross-examinations on April 2-3, 2024 for the Jordan's Principle non-compliance motion.



  • Read Canada's affidavits and notice of cross motion submitted to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on March 15, 2024 following the Caring Society's non-compliance motion on Jordan's Principle.


  • Read the Caring Society's January 12, 2024 affidavits in support of the non-compliance motion on Jordan's Principle. 


  • On December 12, 2023, the Caring Society filed a notice of motion to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding Canada's non-compliance with the Tribunal's orders on Jordan's Principle. 

Learn more about Jordan's Principle:



  • Summary of the Tribunal's orders on Jordan's Principle Information Sheet updated May 2023. 


  • Check out the FNCARES Fall Webinar, Jordan's Principle: Back to Basics (October 2023). 








Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital, waiting to leave, while the Province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who should pay for his at home care—care that would have been paid for immediately had Jordan not been First Nations. Jordan died in the hospital at the age of five years old, never having spent a day in a family home. 

With the support of their community of Norway House Cree Nation and others, Jordan’s family gifted his name to the creation of child-first principle to ensure First Nations children could access the services they need without denial, delay, or disruption.

Unfortunately, despite the unanimous support of the House of Commons in 2007 for a broad definition, the federal government went on to implement Jordan’s Principle in a manner so narrow that few, if any, First Nations children qualified.

In a landmark ruling on January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT or Tribunal) ruled that Canada’s definition of Jordan’s Principle was discriminatory and ordered the federal government to take immediate measures to implement the full and proper scope of Jordan’s legacy.

Canada failed to comply with the Tribunal’s ruling and three months later, in April 2016, the CHRT issued its first non-compliance order against Canada. In all, the Tribunal has been forced to issue more than 20 additional orders, many of them non-compliance orders against Canada. The Tribunal orders have led to over 1.4 million products, services, and supports for First Nations kids through Jordan's Principle. The Tribunal has also ordered Canada to review previous service requests dating from April 1, 2009, whether made pursuant to Jordan's Principle or otherwise, to determine what supports children/youth would or should have received had Canada applied the proper definition of Jordan's Principle.