Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP)

First Nation communities are invited to apply for funding to support the creation of a new shelter for victims of family violence.

Together with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), through an Expression of Interest process, we are looking to help create five new shelters on reserves across Canada over the next three years, as committed in Budget 2016.

These shelters will help increase the safety and security of individuals in First Nation communities.

The application period is now closed.

Shelter Enhancement Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is SEP On-Reserve?

SEP On-Reserve offers financial assistance for the repair, rehabilitation and improvement of existing shelters on-reserve for victims of family violence. It also provides for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second stage housing where needed. Assistance is in the form of a fully forgivable loan provided a First Nation or sponsor adheres to the terms and conditions of the program.

Who is Eligible?

First Nations or an affiliated housing arm of the First Nation who have the operation of housing for women and their children, youth or men who are victims of family violence as a principal objective.

For new construction, operating assistance must be secured through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) or other source acceptable to CMHC. For second stage housing, occupants are expected to make modest contributions to offset the project’s operating costs.

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