Image of two employees from OFIFC as a part of their Friendship Centres offering teachable material and a group discussion on issues

Urban Program for Indigenous Peoples – Programs and Services (UPIP-PS) funding supports the implementation of locally developed and community-driven projects. These projects allow Friendship Centres to deliver effective, culture-based programs/services to urban Indigenous people based on community need. The program provides funding in six key areas including: Women, Vulnerable Populations, Youth, Transition Services, Outreach, and Community Wellness. UPIP-PS recipients are funded annually based on available funds. A list of current recipients is maintained on our website (see Friendship Centres – Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples).

UPIP – Organizational Capacity

This stream offers core funding to Friendship Centres. It covers day-to-day operating costs such as staffing, utilities and rent.

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres is accountable to the Government of Canada for the oversight of UPIP-OC investments. The OFIFC administers the UPIP-OC program stream and delivers the annual funding to all eligible Ontario Friendship Centres.

ONTARIO FEDERATION OF INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRES
Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples – Programs and Services
Provincial Allocations | 2020- 2021
OrganizationFunding Allocations
DRYDEN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE221,151
FORT ERIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE243,823
HAMILTON REGIONAL INDIAN CENTRE244,225
INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE (SSM)48,000
M’WIKWEDONG NATIVE CULTURAL RESOURCE (OWEN SOUND)85,000
N’AMERIND FRIENDSHIP CENTRE (LONDON)15,000
NATIVE CANADIAN CENTRE TORONTO99,825
NE’CHEE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE (KENORA)10,175
NIAGARA REGIONAL NATIVE CENTRE43,000
NOGOJIWANONG FRIENDSHIP CENTRE (PETERBOROUGH)144,185
NORTH BAY INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
SARNIA-LAMBTON NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE200,000
UNITED NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE (FORT FRANCES)31,050
TOTAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRE DISTRIBUTIONS1,485,434
OFIFC – Administration130,000
ADDITIONAL COVID DISTRIBUTIONS515,791
TOTAL2,131,225
Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples – Organisational Capacity
Provincial Allocations | 2020 – 2021
OrganizationFunding Allocations
ATIKOKAN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
BARRIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
BRANTFORD REGIONAL INDIGENOUS SUPPORT CENTRE120,000
CAN-AM INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
COUNCIL FIRE NATIVE CULTURAL CENTRE120,000
DRYDEN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
FORT ERIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
GEORGIAN BAY NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE142,951
HAMILTON REGIONAL INDIAN CENTRE176,667
INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE (SSM)148,128
ININEW FRIENDSHIP CENTRE153,828
KAPUSKASING INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
M’WIKWEDONG NATIVE CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTRE120,000
N’AMERIND FRIENDSHIP CENTRE205,207
NATIVE CANADIAN CENTRE OF TORONTO205,207
NECHEE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
NIAGARA REGIONAL NATIVE CENTRE177,811
NISHNAWBE-GAMIK FRIENDSHIP CENTRE182,347
NOGOJIWANONG FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
NORTH BAY INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
NSWAKAMOK NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
ODAWA NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
PARRY SOUND FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,148
PEEL ABORIGINAL NETWORK120,00
RED LAKE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE212,022
SARNIA-LAMBTON NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
THUNDER BAY INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE205,207
THUNDERBIRD FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
TIMMINS NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
UNITED NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
OFIFC – Administration278,000
TOTAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRE DISTRIBUTIONS4,939,498
ONTARIO FEDERATION OF INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRES
Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples – Programs and Services
Provincial Allocations | 2018 – 2019
OrganizationFunding Allocations
ATIKOKAN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE50,000
BARRIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
CAN-AM INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE88,285
DRYDEN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
DRYDEN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE75,000
DRYDEN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE75,000
FORT ERIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
FORT ERIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE75,000
FORT ERIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE75,000
GEORGIAN BAY NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,560
HAMILTON REGIONAL INDIAN CENTRE60,000
HAMILTON REGIONAL INDIAN CENTRE100,000
HAMILTON REGIONAL INDIAN CENTRE100,000
INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE – SSM32,116
ININEW FRIENDSHIP CENTRE22,982
N’AMERIND FRIENDSHIP CENTRE88,200
NATIVE CANADIAN CENTRE OF TORONTO98,100
NE-CHEE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
NIAGARA REGIONAL NATIVE CENTRE100,000
NISHNAWBE-GAMIK FRIENDSHIP CENTRE47,830
NOGOJIWANONG FRIENDSHIP CENTRE99,999
NOGOJIWANONG FRIENDSHIP CENTRE33,600
NORTH BAY INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
PEEL ABORIGINAL NETWORK91,950
RED LAKE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE45,526
SARNIA-LAMBTON NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
THUNDER BAY INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE45,000
TORONTO COUNCIL FIRE NATIVE CULTURAL CENTRE100,000
TORONTO COUNCIL FIRE NATIVE CULTURAL CENTRE50,000
UNITED NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE100,000
TOTAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRE DISTRIBUTIONS2,354,148
OFIFC – Administration130,000
Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples – Organisational Capacity
Provincial Allocations | 2018 – 2019
OrganizationFunding Allocations
ATIKOKAN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
BARRIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
CAN-AM INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
DRYDEN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
FORT ERIE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
GEORGIAN BAY NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE137,673
HAMILTON REGIONAL INDIAN CENTRE176,667
INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE ()148,128
ININEW FRIENDSHIP CENTRE153,828
KAPUSKASING INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
M’WIKWEDONG NATIVE CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTRE120,000
N’AMERIND FRIENDSHIP CENTRE205,207
NATIVE CANADIAN CENTRE OF TORONTO205,207
NECHEE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
NIAGARA REGIONAL NATIVE CENTRE177,811
NISHNAWBE-GAMIK FRIENDSHIP CENTRE182,347
NOGOJIWANONG FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
NORTH BAY INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
NSWAKAMOK NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
ODAWA NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
PARRY SOUND FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
PEEL ABORIGINAL NETWORK120,000
RED LAKE INDIAN FRIENDSHIP CENTRE212,022
SARNIA-LAMBTON NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE120,000
THUNDER BAY INDIGENOUS FRIENDSHIP CENTRE205,207
THUNDERBIRD FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
TIMMINS NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE148,128
TIMMINS NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE- Satellite Office103,703
TORONTO COUNCIL FIRE NATIVE CULTURAL CENTRE120,000
UNITED NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE176,667
OFIFC – Administration$270,000
TOTAL FRIENDSHIP CENTRE DISTRIBUTIONS4,639,903

UPIP – Programs and Services

This stream provides project funding for up to five years to organizations that deliver programs and services to Indigenous peoples in urban areas, such as Friendship Centres. Projects must focus on these six key areas to be considered for funding:

  1. Women (such as helping women transition out of shelters)
  2. Vulnerable Populations (such as those with disabilities, addictions, or seniors)
  3. Youth (such as land-based activities, mentoring)
  4. Transition Services (such as support navigating services)
  5. Outreach Programs (such as cultural awareness training for non-Indigenous people)
  6. Community Wellness (such as housing plans or studies, anti-racism initiatives, or pre-employment supports)