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:

  • NEW (May 3, 2024): Read our information sheet on Canada's Information Package: What the Caring Society Learned After Cross-Examining Senior ISC Officials on the Jordan's Principle Non-Compliance Order


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


  • 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.


  • On February 6, 2024 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal released the motion schedule related to the non-compliance motion related to Jordan's Principle that the Caring Society filed on December 12, 2023. 


  • 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. 


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



  • Updated! Summary of the Tribunal's orders on Jordan's Principle Information Sheet updated May 2023. The most recent CHRT orders on Jordan's Principle are:
    • 2022 CHRT 8: Orders Canada to assess the resources required to assist families and/or young adults in identifying supports for needed services for high-needs Jordan's Principle recipients past the age of majority.
    • 2021 CHRT 41 Amendment: Orders Canada to fund all First Nations or First Nations-authorized service providers for the full cost of the purchase and/or construction of capital assets that support the delivery of Jordan's Principle services to children on reserve, including in Ontario and in the Yukon.


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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.