Monthly Updates


IFSD will produce monthly updates posted on this website.  These written updates can be supplemented with briefings to interested parties by IFSD.  Project results (interim and final) will be published on this website as soon as they are available.


August 2018


August 2018 (Printable Version)

IFSD is pleased to provide this fourth monthly update to its stakeholders on the progress of the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) project. 

IFSD has developed typologies to inform the cost estimation model during the month of August.


Chart 1: Number of agencies by child population served.


Chart 2: Percentage of agencies with at least one community without year-round accessibility vs. year-round road accessibility for all communities served.


Program Database
To showcase and share your program innovations, IFSD is developing profiles of programs in prevention, protection, addictions management, mental health, violence prevention and family support.  If you would like a program included in our analysis, contact us with:

  1. A description of the program, including its target audience and goals;
  2. The estimated cost to run the program (including salaries) for one fiscal year;
  3. The number of full- and part-time resources required to operate the program;
  4. Any particularities that another agency should consider if they were to implement the program.

To enhance the cost estimation model, IFSD still needs your help.

Are you willing to offer more insight into your agency’s resource profile?  We are looking for agencies who are willing to share their experiences in writing or in conversation (by phone) to offer perspective on the following six questions:

  • Has your agency had to refuse service to a child on-reserve due to a lack of resources?
    Y/N
  • Has your agency had to refuse service to a child off-reserve due to a lack of resources? Y/N
  • How would you characterize your agency's budget relative to its activities (select one of the following):
    a) insufficient; b) somewhat insufficient; c) neither sufficient nor insufficient; d) somewhat sufficient; e) sufficient?
  • Do you consider your protection budget to be sufficient relative to the population your agency serves? Y/N
    IFSD data suggests an average per capita cost of $15,000 per child in the catchment area, among a large number of jurisdictions.
    • If your budget is insufficient, by how much? 
      a) 10% b) 20% c) 30% d) more than 30%
  • Do you consider your prevention budget to be sufficient relative to the population your agency serves? Y/N
    • If your budget is insufficient, by how much? 
      a) 10% b) 20% c) 30% d) more than 30%
  • If you had a larger budget for your agency, how would you allocate resources (e.g. hire more staff, capital investments, offer more programming etc.)? 

If you would like to include your agency’s experiences: complete the six questions online via SurveyMonkey or contact us to schedule a phone call.

Please complete the questions or contact us by Friday, September 14, 2018.


Next steps
IFSD will continue its work testing the cost estimation model based on the data provided by agencies. IFSD will be refining its cost estimation model to be shared in the September update.

IFSD will continue to engage with agencies throughout the project and keep agencies up to date on progress with monthly updates. IFSD is pleased to respond to requests for further information or to provide individual briefings on the project and its progress.

Contact information
For questions about the project or to participate, please contact:

Dr. Helaina Gaspard, Director, Governance and Institutions
Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy
helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca
1-613-983-8461